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Canadian Novelist and Poet Margaret Atwood on George Orwell for the BBC:

"So I gobbled up the adventures of Napoleon and Snowball, the smart, greedy, upwardly mobile pigs, and Squealer the spin-doctor, and Boxer the noble but thick-witted horse, and the easily led, slogan-chanting sheep, without making any connection with historical events."

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From ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell:

"It was just after the sheep had returned, on a pleasant evening when the animals had finished work and were making their way back to the farm buildings, that the terrified neighing of a horse sounded from the yard. Startled, the animals stopped in their tracks. It was Clover's voice. She neighed again, and all the animals broke into a gallop and rushed into the yard. Then they saw what Clover had seen.

It was a pig walking on his hind legs.

There was a deadly silence. Amazed, terrified, huddling together, the animals watched the long line of pigs march slowly round the yard. It was as though the world had turned upside-down. Then there came a moment when the first shock had worn off and when, in spite of everything-in spite of their terror of the dogs, and of the habit, developed through long years, of never complaining, never criticising, no matter what happened-they might have uttered some word of protest. But just at that moment, as though at a signal, all the sheep burst out into a tremendous bleating of-

"Four legs good, two legs better! Four legs good, two legs better! Four legs good, two legs better!"

It went on for five minutes without stopping. And by the time the sheep had quieted down, the chance to utter any protest had passed, for the pigs had marched back into the farmhouse.

And a moment later, out from the door of the farmhouse came a long file of pigs, all walking on their hind legs. Some did it better than others, one or two were even a trifle unsteady and looked as though they would have liked the support of a stick, but every one of them made his way right round the yard successfully. And finally there was a tremendous baying of dogs and a shrill crowing from the black cockerel, and out came Napoleon himself, majestically upright, casting haughty glances from side to side, and with his dogs gambolling round him.

He carried a whip in his trotter."

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"It's a concept worthy of doublethink. It's also, in its ordering of events, strangely Marxist. First the dictatorship of the proletariat, in which lots of heads must roll; then the pie-in-the-sky classless society, which oddly enough never materialises. Instead, we just get pigs with whips.

I often ask myself: what would George Orwell have to say about it?

Quite a lot."

Piglet Soliloquy:

There is now a recurring theme in Western Culture - the multi-culturalist scam. All cultures must be adjudged equal, and no one can be offended by even so harmless a pleasantry as “Merry Christmas”. A while back in Britain, a local government council told workers not to have knickknacks on their desks representing Winnie-the-Pooh's porcine sidekick, Piglet.

It might be offensive to Muslims...

John McCain, rather than resorting to any of the verbal laxatives the PC Dweebs use on the subject, called Islamic extremists and jihadists, "a great force for evil that wants to destroy everything we stand for." Precisely. And enough to make a multi-culturalist sleep with their night light on.

I remember it differently, but Mark Steyn quotes theologian Martin Niemoller as saying "first they came for Piglet, and I did not speak out because I was not a Disney character and, if I was, I’m more of an Eeyore. So then they came for the Three Little Pigs, and Babe, and by the time I realized my country had turned into a 24/7 Looney Tunes it was too late, because there was no Porky Pig to stammer "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" and bring the nightmare to an end".


"I flayed many [and] draped their skins over the walls. With their blood I dyed the mountain red like red wool, [and] the rest of them the ravines [and] torrents of the mountain swallowed. I cut off the heads of their fighters [and] built [therewith] a tower before their city. I burnt their adolescent boys [and] girls... I captured many troops alive: I cut off of some their arms [and] hands; I cut off of others their noses, ears, [and] extremities. I gouged out the eyes of many troops. I made one pile of the living [and] one of heads. I hung their heads on trees around the city."

Thus, King Ashurnasirpal II of Assyria (884-859 BC) explained his highly successful methods of conflict resolution in the Middle East in a couple of inscriptions.

Charming, no? But when someone on a thread ran across this on my website, they wrote:

Northarrow - "As a college professor, you get to frame the discussion. So if you suggest that students care about King Ashurnasirpal II (884-859 BC) of Assyria and the Historical Precedents to Pacification of the Middle East, it’s in their best interest to do so. Voters, however, are less inclined to want to delve into this kind of scholarly exercise, and are under no such requirement to do so."

Only minutes later, no doubt realizing the Error of His Ways, he sent this charming retraction, complete with Photo:

Northarrow - "I think Gov. John E. Baldacci I can learn much from King Ashurnasirpal II, don't you?"

I couldn’t agree more. The wig and the cane, just for starters...

Now, in order to dispel any illusions that the ancient Assyrians were a different species from modern man, let’s fast forward a couple thousand years to a description of an incident from Auschwitz: "The men selected were marched outside. SS men with rubber truncheons and iron prods awaited them. They kicked, beat, and tortured the innocent victims. When the tortured body no longer responded, the revolver was used. . . . The brutal massacre continued outside of the barracks until sundown. When the [Nazis] departed, they left behind heaps of hundreds of tortured and twisted bodies."

If this is not enough, I remember an eyewitness account from Kaput by an Italian Fascist journalist calling himself Curzio Malaparte . He claims to have watched the SS cleaning out a Polish-Jewish hospital, with babies being pitched out the window onto a truck and an SS trooper catching them on the point of his bayonet. He thought it a great joke, until it got too messy. Malaparte’s credibility is open to some doubts, but the events of the time made it easy for him to imagine such a scene.

So we see how far the human race has evolved. The Assyrians were more skilled and leisurely in their sadism. They boasted of it in publically displayed inscriptions and sculptured depictions of their savagery. The Nazis, Communists and other moderns have generally been more discreet and efficient. They aimed for economies of scale in their butcheries and avoided being explicit in publicizing them. They preferred evasive language, like "liquidation," "special handling," "evacuation to the East," "Final Solution of the Jewish Question," etc. to bloodthirsty gloating in the Assyrian style.

No need go on and on with a historical record of human violence. I have before me George C. Kohn’s Dictionary of Wars. It claims to be "the complete one volume reference guide to every global conflict, civil war, mutiny, punitive expedition, undeclared war, rebellion, and revolution in human history." Page one begins with The Abbasid Revolution of A.D. 747-750 and ends on page 528 with the Zulu War of 1879. Thousands of bloody conflicts and it isn’t really a complete record. There have been hundreds of incidents of organized slaughter in the twenty-two years since its publication.

Thousands of peaceful middle-class Americans have concluded from their sketchy knowledge of this bloody record that war is irrational. This is true, but it is wrong lesson. The right lesson is that human beings are irrational. Captain Ernst Roehm, founder and leader of the National Socialist party’s paramilitary SA (Storm Troopers) explained this forthrightly in his 1928 autobiography: "Since I am an immature and wicked person, war and unrest appeal to me more than well-behaved bourgeois order." It is hard to imagine how one would go about "teaching peace" to a man who caught a dose of shrapnel at the hideously bloody battle of Verdun that destroyed his nose and messed up his face. It seems unlikely that a bunch of well-behaved bourgeois pacifists have anything to tell him about the horrors of war. So how do they propose to deal with the Roehms of the wicked world? They haven’t the slightest grasp of such a man’s mentality.

The Maine Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence (www.mainedop.org) is working to engage Maine citizens in support of legislation, reintroduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich in February 2007, to create a cabinet level department in the federal government "which will make peace and nonviolence the organizing principles of our culture and our national objective." There are currently 67 representatives co-sponsoring the legislation. None of them are from Maine although the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in 2006, Jean Hay Bright was an advocate, with her unique insight that "war itself is bad." Gee, you’ve got to wonder why no one ever thought of that before.

This legislation will initiate "practical, non-violent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict. The Department will develop policies and allocate resources to programs proven to reduce levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse and school discord. Internationally it will advise the President and Congress and offer the most sophisticated ideas and techniques directed towards peace creation among nations."

There we have it. The liberal faith in bureaucracy, education and social science never falters. Their novel bureaucracy is going to suppress the eternal passion for violence with studies, reports, committees, memoranda and conferences. An educational system which has all but abandoned the hope of teaching students to distinguish its from it’s, or there from their, is going to re-engineer our national culture. Social science, which has never solved a single problem, is going to bring the world to peaceful habits by eradicating hatred.

Somewhere, the sheep are restless.

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf" --George Orwell

Don't believe it? Witness the doublespeak yourself.

The photo below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect wildlife in the US.

Animals that were formerly self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the
Democratic Party... As they have apparently learned to simply sit and wait for the government
to provide for their care and sustenance.

From: Gary L

The Democrat's Mantra--Our Maine Role is to keep Mainers on the Dole. From the statehouse in Augusta to the halls of Congress, Democrats feel their primary function is to provide welfare to as many constituants as possible, while coming up with new ways to tax those of us who support their costly programs. And then they turn around and do nothing to reduce energy costs or health care costs or property taxes. I know you understand Professor, and will work to help break this cyle.
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