David Mytton

Book Review (4/5) – Orwell on Truth (George Orwell)

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Originally published on Goodreads.

A good reminder that Orwell was significantly more than 1984 and Animal Farm. His other writing from over 50 years ago could easily have been written about politics and society today. Either that shows that nothing changes or that we’re always in some kind of crisis. Maybe both!

Probably the most relevant passage for me was:

The chief danger to freedom of thought and speech at this moment is not the direct interference of the [Ministry of Information] or any official body. If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion. In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and that fact does not seem to me to have had the discussion it deserves.

A great description of social media and moral panics, decades before social media existed.