George Orwell’s Error

Source: Quillette
by Christopher J Snowdon

“Orwell may have been pleasantly surprised had he lived to see the real 1984. It is often said that his dystopian novel is a warning rather than a prophecy and Orwell himself was keen to remind people that it was ‘after all a parody,’ but he was also quite explicit that Nineteen Eighty-Four was a conditional prophecy. Shortly after the book was published, he put out a statement saying that ‘something like NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR could happen. This is the direction in which the world is going at the present time.’ But it didn’t and it wasn’t. By the time he died in January 1950, Europe had put the worst of the twentieth century behind it. Orwell was too pessimistic and it is worth considering why.” (06/06/24)

https://quillette.com/2024/06/06/george-orwells-error-1984-capitalism-democratic-socialism/