[Marxism] Sinn Fein Close The Circle

Bhaskar Sunkara bhaskar.sunkara at gmail.com
Tue Jun 17 18:00:15 MDT 2008

George Orwell was a democratic socialist who fought alongside the
Trotskyists during the Spanish Civil War.  Animal Farm is an attack of
Stalinism from the non-authoritarian Left.

On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 6:45 PM, gary.maclennan at gmail.com
<gary.maclennan at gmail.com> wrote:
> J:
>> Is this what hundreds of men and women volunteers sacrificed their lives
>>  and
>> liberty for in a struggle for national liberation lasting 30 years? Bobby
>> Sands and the other hunger strikers must be turning in their graves
>>  tonight.
>> Gary it is strange that the most trenchant cricisms of such behaviour often
>> come from the Right as in
>>  Was it for this the wild geese spread
>>      The grey wing upon every tide;
>>      For this that all that blood was shed,
>>      For this Edward Fitzgerald died,
>>      And Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone,
>>      All that delirium of the brave;
>>      Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
>>      It's with O'Leary in the grave.
>> and/or
>> He had only one criticism, he said, to make of Mr. Pilkington's excellent
>> and neighbourly speech. Mr. Pilkington had referred throughout to 'Animal
>> Farm.' He could not of course know — for he, Napoleon, was only now for the
>> first time announcing it — that the name 'Animal Farm' had been abolished.
>> Henceforward the farm was to be known as 'The Manor Farm' — which, he
>> believed, was its correct and original name.
>> 'Gentlemen,' concluded Napoleon, 'I will give you the same toast as before,
>> but in a different form. Fill your glasses to the brim. Gentlemen, here is
>> my toast: To the prosperity of The Manor Farm! '
>> There was the same hearty cheering as before, and the mugs were emptied to
>> the dregs. But as the animals outside gazed at the scene, it seemed to them
>> that some strange thing was happening. What was it that had altered in the
>> faces of the pigs? Clover's old dim eyes flitted from one face to another.
>> Some of them had five chins, some had four, some had three. But what was it
>> that seemed to be melting and changing? Then, the applause having come to an
>> end, the company took up their cards and continued the game that had been
>> interrupted, and the animals crept silently away.
>> But they had not gone twenty yards when they stopped short. An uproar of
>> voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through
>> the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were
>> shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials.
>> The source of the trouble appeared to be that Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington
>> had each played an ace of spades simultaneously.
>> Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question,
>> now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside
>> looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but
>> already it was impossible to say which was which.
>> regards
> Gary
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