About a year ago I attended a meeting of the P. Club, the occasion being the tercentenary of Milton's Aeropagitica — a pamphlet, it may be remembered, in defense of freedom of the press. There were four speakers on the platform. One of them delivered a speech which did deal with the freedom of the press, but only in relation to India; another said, hesitantly, and in very general terms, that liberty was a good thing; a third delivered an attack on the laws relating to obscenity in literature. The fourth devoted most of his speech to a defense of the Russian purges. Of the speeches from the body of the hall, some reverted to the question of obscenity and the laws that deal with it, others were simply eulogies of Soviet Russia.
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George Orwell June 25, January 21, , a well known British novelist, presents two novels which depict the struggle between a human and his society, where both dig deeper into the effects of propaganda, fear, lack of freedom, and control of people. George Orwell, born in India to British parents in the early 20th century, spent. Two of George Orwell? Politics and the English Language?
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As its title suggests, Orwell identifies a link between the degraded English language of his time and the degraded political situation: Orwell sees modern discourse especially political discourse as being less a matter of words chosen for their clear meanings than a series of stock phrases slung together. Orwell begins by drawing attention to the strong link between the language writers use and the quality of political thought in the current age i. He argues that if we use language that is slovenly and decadent, it makes it easier for us to fall into bad habits of thought, because language and thought are so closely linked.