Poumacious

Some day I’ll get around to writing an original blog post. In the meantime, more notes and notelets.

In City Journal, Fred Siegel takes a razor to the horrible, proto-fascist, eugenicist Fabian HG Wells, and argues that he is the godfather of American liberalism. From a conservative perspective, but absolutely right in many ways, although I don’t think that he makes the case for how Wells shaped American liberalism, and that his anti-democratic politics really left a legacy. Wells, however, like his fellow Fabians, represents a socialism-from-above that has been a strong strain in the British left, arguably inherited by the paternalist New Labour project today. Luckily, it has been countered by a tradition of socialism-from-below, running through William Morris, Keir Hardie, George Orwell, Nye Bevan, Michael Young, Raymond Williams and Maurice Brinton. Who inherits that tradition todGeorge Orwell - broadcasting 1984, which is 60 years old next weekay though?

Talking of socialism-from-below, in the Telegraph, the irritating Jeremy Paxman has an excellent piece about George Orwell‘s wonderfulness. Sunday was, of course, the 60th anniversary of Orwell’s 1984, and the chattering classes have been going to town. Here, a number of them twitter about Orwell. Alexei Sayle’s contribution stands out. And, decidedly beyond the chattering classes, here is the late Robert Barltrop of the SPGB.


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  1. […] for democratic Socialism as I understand it. I missed this excellent post by Jim Denham in my last Orwellia round-up: Orwell and socialism. Highly recommended. Published […]

  2. […] for democratic Socialism as I understand it. I missed this excellent post by Jim Denham in my last Orwellia round-up: Orwell and socialism. Highly […]

  3. Great post!


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