Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Peter Hitchens Wins the Orwell Prize for Journalism

"This was the one prize I had always wanted, as someone who has steeped himself in Orwell since the age of 15 and regards him as the pattern of honest writing," he writes— Smelly Little Orthodoxies. "Because Orwell was of the Left (though a very troubled and troublesome member of that movement) he is regarded by many on the modern left as their perpetual property," says the recipient of the prize's namesake. "I disagree. I think Orwell belongs to the truth, not to the left."

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Anonymous mcmlxix said...

Amen.

I've noticed that when lefties are accused of Orwellian though or Newspeak, their cognitive dissonance causes them to retort with that's not possible, we're not right-wingers. 1984 was dystopian and totalitarian but not necessarily left or right.

Also, during the West Coast (SF) Walk for Life, demonstrators were singing "we shall overcome". Left counter protesters were baffled and said they can't sing that; that's OUR song.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

It still amazes me how lefties think themselves smarter than everyone else. I grant they may be on average a tad smarter than the average knee-jerk G.O.P. supporter, but they can't hold a candle to most of those who reject the two "choices" we are offered.

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