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April 2007

Revisiting "Catalonia" again: A reply

by Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels replies:

My thanks to Keith Windschuttle for his informative letter.

Mr. Schwartz’s mastery of Albanian notwithstanding, he is absolved neither of the need to think clearly nor of the moral responsibility to remain minimally courteous.

My article was intended to point out several of the unpleasant aspects of Orwell’s book. Mr. Schwartz concentrates on only one of the aspects to which I alluded. The fact is that Orwell objected to Stalin’s policy not because it was so totalitarian but because it would not in his opinion lead to the kind of totalitarian society that he praised so highly at the beginning of his book. This is the very reverse of what he has usually been taken to mean. Whether or not Orwell was right about the intentions or practical results of Stalin’s policy is quite beside the point, as Mr. Schwartz would have realized had his powers of logic been equal to his self-proclaimed qualifications.

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 25 April 2007, on page 96
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