Orwell “The Lion and the Unicorn”

Kevin Marks tweets:

The Brexit camp love to incoherently invoke World War 2 and the Blitz. The counterpoint to that is Orwell, writing while being bombed of how to build a better country after the war: https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/the-lion-and-the-unicorn-socialism-and-the-english-genius/. Do read it

“An army of unemployed led by millionaires quoting the Sermon on the Mount – that is our danger. But it cannot arise when we have once introduced a reasonable degree of social justice.”

“England has got to be true to herself. She is not being true to herself while the refugees who have sought our shores are penned up in concentration camps, and company directors work out subtle schemes to dodge their Excess Profits Tax.”

Re-reading this, it is striking how much of contemporary rhetoric still draws from it. “But it is precisely the idea of human equality – the “Jewish” or “Judæo-Christian” idea of equality – that Hitler came into the world to destroy.”

“The thought of a world in which black men would be as good as white men and Jews treated as human beings brings him the same horror and despair as the thought of endless slavery brings to us.”