Today we’re talking Doublespeak, guilty-until-proven-innocent and mass political rituals in the Reviews for the Revolution look at Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon- ends and means politics, prisoner of the mind narrative, and the idea of coercion and guilt as ideological motivation.
Ideological purity is very appealing to a certain type of person. It means that you can engage in something, feel part of a cause or a movement far grander than you are alone, and it gives you purpose.
The London Palace Coat of Arms features a Lion and a Unicorn: the two animals that George Orwell used to title a now infamous essay about nationalism, class and Britain’s lack of European identity. I’m writing about it today in a ponderous post that will look at English Socialism, historical understandings of our apparent island-identity, and the way that Orwell always seems to have known what to say.