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Oct. 22nd, 2006 | 04:19 pm
music: Mogwai - Rock Action - 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

Over and above the familiar Marxist claim that 'bourgeois liberty' is an illusion, there is now a widespread tendency to argue that one can only defend democracy by totalitarian methods. If one loves democracy, the argument runs, one must crush its enemies by no matter what means. And who are its enemies? It always appears that they are not only those who attack it openly and consciously, but those who 'objectively' endanger it by spreading mistaken doctrines. In other words, defending democracy involves destroying all independence of thought.
— George Orwell The Freedom of the Press; the never-used preface to Animal Farm written ca. 1943, not published until 1972.

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The Aleph

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from: hapan605
date: Oct. 23rd, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)

Um whoa. Talk about the cut/paste. You do know where he takes that argument, yes?

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Alex P.

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from: wetzel
date: Oct. 23rd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)

I read the whole thing and typed it by hand from the book.

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from: 486902484859400
date: Oct. 31st, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)

As usual, Orwell is prophetic.

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