The man was a brilliant writer, incisive and witty at the same time. And he was the strangest sort of socialist! A socialist who appreciated old things, Victorian architecture in pubs, and religious belief, to name just two, as illustrated in these two essays. I'm sure I'll be posting more!Here is an essay on the 'End of History' that has nothing to do with Fukuyama's 1992 The End of History and the Last Man. Fukuyama posited that the 'end of history' would be the triumph of of jacobin democracy and laissez-faire capitalism.
Orwell was much more farsighted. He saw that the 'end of history' would be totalitarianism. Even though the totalitarianisms of his time seem to have been defeated, today, we see the West falling into the 'soft totalitarianism' of the servile state and crony capitalism, in which the giant corporations own the 'democratic' legislatures and under supposedly laissez-faire capitalism are driving out their smaller competitors. Remember! Democracy is the best form of government money can buy!
From Intellectual Takeout