Per Orwell’s Warning, Language Continues to be Rendered Meaningless as Evidenced by the Meeting of the “Minds” at the Oval Office

Perhaps even more eerily accurate and increasingly prescient with the passage of time than George Orwell’s 1984 is his essay entitled “Politics and the English Language.” As only Orwell, in all his deftness, could describe the core of the problem of how we wield language, he commences the thesis as follows: Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English … Continue reading Per Orwell’s Warning, Language Continues to be Rendered Meaningless as Evidenced by the Meeting of the “Minds” at the Oval Office

It’s “1984” All Over Again

Over the weekend that marked the inauguration of one, “President” Trump, a surge in the sales of George Orwell’s cautionary, prophetic classic, 1984, occurred. Written in 1949, still rather freshly after the end of World War II, the novel tells of a dystopian society set in, obviously, 1984. Though Orwell was slightly off the mark in what would happen that year, he was accurate in … Continue reading It’s “1984” All Over Again