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  • This reconstruction of previously agreed upon terminology and values is always the first step towards totalitarianism, as George Orwell pointed out in "Animal Farm" and "1984."

    DEACE: Fabulous Fascism →

  • But you don't care or, at least, you shouldn't, because what Orwell has to say about the corrosive effects of British colonialism and English snobbery as they affected a remote part of the world was so original, authentic and riveting.

    BOOKS: 'Promised Virgins: A Novel of Jihad' →

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