Animal Farm parodied; Orwell estate is not amused

Mike Ballard swillsqueal at
Mon Nov 25 15:43:06 MST 2002

--- Einde O'Callaghan
<einde.ocallaghan at> wrote:
> Louis Proyect wrote:
> >
> > NY Times, Nov. 25, 2002
> >
> > A Pig Returns to the Farm, Thumbing His Snout at
> Orwell
> >
> <snip>
> <snip>
> >
> > He decided, he said, that the world had a new form
> of evil to deal with,
> > and it was not communism. It was the evil, he
> said, within American
> > corporate capitalism itself, and American
> arrogance in protecting its
> > interests in the Middle East oil fields. To Mr.
> Reed, "Animal Farm" was
> > the ultimate expression of pro-capitalist
> ideology. "It has inoculated
> > generations of schoolchildren against the evils of
> communism," Mr. Reed
> > said.
> >
> This is of course a misuse of Orwell's book, which
> was written during
> world War II from an anti-Stalinist but not an
> anti-socialist point of
> view.

Indeed, I must have missed something about ANIMAL FARM
being pro-capitalist in content.  My understanding was
that the farmer (humans) were the metaphorical
capitalists, while the animals were the symbolic
proles who overthrew them and their system, chasing
the capitalists off their property and taking it over
for themselves.  Unfortunately (my reading of Orwell),
the animals allow a bureaucratic dictatorship to be
set up over them by the pigs.

> <snip>
> >
> > Despite the brutal ending of "Snowball's Chance,"
> Mr. Reed said, he
> > still thinks "capitalism has a better chance of
> working than communism,"
> > but "it would be a true capitalist system rather
> than a conglomerate
> > system."
> >
> > "We would have an America of true democracy, with
> equal protection under
> > the law for all," he said.
> >
> Now that really does have a snowball's chance ... in
> hell.
> Einde O'Callaghan

I agree, Einde.  Sounds like our this new, improved
"New Jack Times" approved John Reed is pushing the
libertarian capitalist fantasy of an invisible hand
regulating a sea of commodities (including our labour
power) in a totally free market--a two-class society
sans State.

Mike B)

"Man first begins to philosophize when the necessitites of life are supplied."  Aristotle

"determinatio est negatio"  Spinoza

"There are no ordinary cats."  Colette

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