Category Archives: George Orwell

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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Murakami, Haruki: “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”.

The true meaning of Murakami’s “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” is tightly entrenched within copious layers of symbolism. Here, Murakami mixed sharp and well written dialogue with long, lyrical, loquacious passages which explored the psychology and feelings of the characters while … Continue reading

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Trotsky, Leon: “Terrorism And Communism”.

Published in 1920, this short polemic from Trotsky is a reply to Karl Kautsky’s stinging critique of the Bolsheviks in the first years after their infamous coup d’etat. In practice, it was also a warning to the Mensheviks. Kautsky, considered … Continue reading

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Applebaum, Anna: “Gulag: A History”.

Applebaum excavated the brutal Soviet regime in which the levels of systematic and institutional violence inflicted on many of its citizens was incomprehensible. Individuals were not human beings that deserved their own human rights. Rather, they were used as pawns … Continue reading

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