Reviews for the Revolution: Language, Coercion and Ritual in Arthur Koestler’s ‘Darkness at Noon’

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.

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Pity and Piety: musings on third-party voting

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.

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Orwell, Nationalism, Brexit and Historical Foresight – An editorial, post-referendum.

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.

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