The Orwellian Method

  • Ian Williams
Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)


This chapter describes how Orwell broke out of the “traditional” left wing binary, Manichaean, view of politics. Cantankerous and polemical though he could be, Orwell opposed suppression of dissident voices—including those who would happily suppress himself and his views. For example, while he went against the official consensus by depicting the real nature of Britain’s war time ally the USSR, he also tried to restrain philosopher (and ex-pacifist!) Lord Bertrand Russell’s calls support for a preemptive nuclear strike on the USSR.


Tory curmudgeonliness Orwellian Fuzzy logic Binary Banality of evil 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bard Center for Globalization and International AffairsManhattanUSA

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