George Orwell

bari weiss anti-semitism

We’re all thought criminals now

July 19, 2020 11:09 am

If someone is accused of being racist or transphobic they are rarely given a chance to defend themselves

end history

Is this the end of history?

June 28, 2020 3:04 pm

George Floyd was a pretext, not a cause. The cause was destruction of our civilization

systematically

Society isn’t systemically racist. It is systemically woke

June 14, 2020 2:30 pm

All this ‘structural’ talk isn’t just wrong; it is dishonest

socialist

America is socialist, dummy

March 21, 2020 12:15 pm

Let us count the ways...

lost girls

Finding the Lost Girls

February 25, 2020 2:08 pm

D.J. Taylor tracks down the proofreaders and heartbreakers who were the toast of Blitz-era London

wells

Wells farrago: gaslighting the Invisible Man

February 21, 2020 11:38 am

Priapic shower-stalking and domestic haunting were never Wells’s style – not on the page, anyway

george orwell brexiteer

George Orwell would have been a Brexiteer

January 23, 2020 9:28 am

What Orwell would have disapproved of is the Maoist climate of intolerance sweeping through our institutions

binary

Was this journalist sacked for saying ‘sex is binary’?

January 22, 2020 7:04 am

When I look at the way journalism sometimes deals with trans issues, I worry

orwell

What would Orwell have made of Trump?

January 20, 2020 8:56 pm

More attention should be paid to his collected essays, letters and journalism

cold war

Novel explosives of the Cold War

August 22, 2019 8:49 am

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War by Duncan White reviewed

surveillance technology

China’s surveillance technology is terrifying

July 4, 2019 11:58 am

Everything we do and say can now be monitored and stored for future reference

nineteen eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a guidebook for the present day

June 29, 2019 5:01 pm

A powerful totalitarian state is no longer needed to coerce human beings

orwell nineteen eighty-four

How does today’s world compare with Orwell’s nightmare vision?

June 20, 2019 1:28 pm

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four by Dorian Lynskey reviewed

animal farm

The problem with the new Animal Farm

November 28, 2018 7:14 pm

Four legs good, two films bad?

aldous huxley brave new world

Brave New World Revisited, revisited

October 12, 2018 1:03 pm

We’ve grown increasingly obsessed with dystopian narratives since 2016. But why do we look to Orwell’s vision when Huxley’s rings truer?