Happy George Orwell Day

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Over at MNN they tell us that it is Squirrel Appreciation Day. In past years we have made a big deal about Martin Luther King Day. (See Mike's post here). I hear that it is a big day in Washington..

But we should also note that it is the first George Orwell Day, honoring the 63rd anniversary of his death. Andrea Chalupa notes that in 1946 Orwell wrote in Why I write:

In a peaceful age I might have written ornate or merely descriptive books, and might have remained almost unaware of my political loyalties. As it is I have been forced into becoming a sort of pamphleteer.

We are all pamphleteers now. More at the Big Think

Great quotes from George Orwell:

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

Big Brother is watching you.

If you have some time, watch Animal Farm

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