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06-23-2004, 01:00 AM
Stalinism was worse than Socialisim. <br>Boxer worked hard for the cause and ended up being sent to the knackers when he was found no longer usefull to the cause. Stalin killed so many people that were no longer "usefull".<br>Don't you think that the U.S.S.R and China would rather crush competing countries if they could get away with it?<br>Orwell hated Stalinisim and wrote this pointed directly at the U.S.S.R.<br>

Bob Fredrick
05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
Reading thru the comments left here, it seems many readers miss the point entirely that Orwell is not just writing about Socialism and power. The chapter where Boxer is hauled off to the knackers the moment his strengh fails reminds us that true capitalist have no heart. The moment the machinery fails, it must be replaced. The moment your job can be performed by workers in Mexico or China for a fraction of the cost, the true capitalist will not hesitate to fire (or layoff as it is known now) you and don't let the door hit you on the way out. The way the animals are treated after Boxer is killed is in a very business-like manner. All efforts are to make the farm (just the owners & their a*s-kissers) richer. This is where the pigs divert from being true capitalist to being no better than Jones. A capitalist would be using the money earned to buy other farms, to improve production, to crush competing farms (along with having a nice life-style). If the book contined, I predict that shortly, the pigs, having foolishly spent the farm's profits, would start turning on each other and ,after Napoleon's death, the farm would collapse under it's on bueaurocracy. (sounds familiar, although I'd never call the USSR anything but what it was...a totalitarian state.)