Category Archives: George Orwell

Conradi, Peter: “Who Lost Russia? How The World Entered A New Cold War”

Why did Russia not democratise after the fall of communism? Peter Conradi puts forward one reason: that Russia lacked the democratic consensus that was a feature of other Eastern European countries that made the transition. Another factor was a lack … Continue reading

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Nafisi, Azar: “Reading Lolita In Tehran”

Academic and literary critic Azar Nafisi describes the impact that the 1979 Iranian Revolution had on her life in Reading Lolita In Tehran. Before the revolution, Nafisi was comparatively free to read and teach whatever books she chose. This ended when the revolutionaries took … Continue reading

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The Importance Of Irish Neutrality

Imagine, for a moment, every sovereign nation-state implementing a neutral foreign policy akin to the one we have in Ireland. The world would undoubtedly be a more peaceful place. The drawback is that respecting sovereignty without restriction enables governments to … Continue reading

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Huxley, Alduos: “Brave New World”

Got a gramme of soma? You do? Excellent. Well, strap in and fade out. Scottish techno wizards Slam were so taken with the designer drug in Brave New World that they named their illustrious label after it.  In a letter … Continue reading

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Orwell, George:  “Notes On Nationalism”

Is Orwell a better essayist than novelist? When you consider just how seminal and outstanding Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four are, it would seem a near impossible case to prove.  Yet Notes On Nationalism does just that. It is an … Continue reading

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Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost. A Story Of Greed, Terror And Heroism In Colonial Africa.

Europeans first advanced into Africa when shipping became a realistic mode of transport in the fourteenth century. The Portuguese sailed down to the Kongo (it was spelt with a K at that time) to find Africans who were willing to … Continue reading

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Hitchens, Peter: “The Abolition Of Liberty”

During a recent exchange with a good friend, I criticised Sam Harris for the logic that he employed to form his position on the longstanding conflict in Israel. You can read my thoughts on that here: https://orbitalmick.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sam-harriss-inexplicable-defence-of-israel/ As we conversed … Continue reading

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