George Orwell on Socialism

George Orwell on Socialism



I want to wear that it is now the fashion to deny socialism as anything to do with equality in every country in the world a huge tribe of party hats and sleek little professors are busy proving that socialism means no more than a plans state capitalism with the grab motive left intact but fortunately there also exists a vision of socialism quite different from this the thing that attracts ordinary men to socialism and makes them willing to risk their skins for it the mystique of socialism he is the idea of equality to the vast majority of people socialism means a classless society or it means nothing at all and it was here that those few months in the militia were valuable to me for the Spanish militias while they lasted were a sort of microcosm of a classless society in that community where no one was on the make where there was a shortage of everything that no privilege and no boot licking one God perhaps a crude forecast of what the opening stages of socialism might be like and after all instead of disillusioning me it deeply attracted me the effect was to make my desire to see socialism established much more actual than it had been before

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  1. It's sad to see that this fool has learned nothing. You can not have a classless society without having some sort of overlord enforcing equality *of results* (not to be confused with equality under the law) on others by redistribution of wealth and penalizing success. The very tyranny he so detested and warned others about in "Animal Farm" and "1984" is the only means by which his classless society can come about via the enforcement of conformity.

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