[Marxism] The Need for "Reform" (Re: A Modest Proposal)

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Sat Mar 5 19:53:15 MST 2005

I found a wonderful letter to the New York Times a while ago, and 
your comment reminded me to post it to my blog (at 

<blockquote>To the Editor:

More than half a century ago, George Orwell warned, in his essay 
"Politics and the English Language," against the immorality implicit 
in the use, especially by government officials, of intentionally 
misleading words. I think of Orwell's essay every time that President 
Bush speaks of the need for "reform" of Social Security and tort law.

Orwell's contemporary George Bernard Shaw got it right when he 
reputedly retorted to an adversary whom he was debating: "Do not 
speak to me, sir, of reform. Things are bad enough as they are!"

Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 24, 2005

The writer is president emeritus of Dartmouth College and the 
University of Iowa.</blockquote>

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