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Thursday, 30 August 2012


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Try 'The Lion and the Unicorn' - a very short collection of Orwell essays - splendid stuff.

A hundred lines for you, 'H', for failing to read this blog properly! Had you done so you would have seen me get my knickers in a twist over that very series of essays!

What a honor! Totally undeserved for my embarrassing translation (next time I will use the google translator, it will be probably much better) but a very nice gesture towards Gregorio, a very clear sighted thinker.

He has a blog in spanish:

About the translation, you have done a very good job, but 'to have more faith in the story that in intelligence' should read 'to have more faith in history than in intelligence'. There was no way you could know that without the spanish original.

I don't know if I am an admirer, but with Orwell (as with Camus) I very much respect their stand in very difficult times, that are still ours. Even if one disagrees with his politic ideas (and I very much doubt him to be a socialist in the end) it must be accepeted that he never let them to impose over the facts.

Oh. Oh dear. For my part, I took the stuff about socialism as period detail - from a time when people of good will could still believe in good faith, for instance, that socialism was not only morally better than capitalism but also more efficient; for another similar example I would point you to the so-called red count, Harry Kessler, a contemporary of Orwell's.

Once you have done that, you are left with the beautiful writing, the rock-solid integrity and the wisdom.

Not quite 100 lines.

Thanks, Ortega, and that reading of the line makes much more sense and I have changed it accordingly. I, too, admire Orwell but my admiration is qualified. By coincidence there was an article in FrontPageMag on a man about whom I wrote only last week. Here is a quote:

While many of these thinkers quickly found their way out of such delusions, others did not, and wasted their best years in pursuit of sterile or poisonous utopias [Orwell?]. But the economist and social philosopher Wilhelm Röpke, father of the German postwar economic miracle, had emancipated his intellect well before his 25th birthday, thanks to reading Ludwig von Mises.

and my post here:

Alright, 'H', only 50 lines this time but you have been warned! Actually, it ill-befits me to put the boot into a man who viewed the scene about him and came to completely the wrong conclusion - there-in, you might say, lies the story of my life. Even so, Orwell saw where extreme socialism led, why would he think milk-and-water socialism would lead anywhere different, albeit, at a slower pace? And if Röpke could read a book by von Mises, why couldn't Orwell? Or even 'The Wealth of Nations'? Sorry, but to me he was a superb writer but a very second-rate thinker - and that comes with the full authority of a man with five 'O'-levels, er, one of which required two goes!

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