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    George Orwell, the Political and Me

    THE POLITICAL AFTER 1936

    My poetry is political in the sense that George Orwell used the word. He used the word political in the widest possible sense. By political purpose in writing Orwell meant “the desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other peoples' idea of the kind of society that they should strive after.” “Once again,” Orwell went on, “no book is genuinely free from political bias.”1 Even the opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.

    Orwell was in his early thirties when his specific political-literary orientation began to take shape. “The Spanish war and other events in 1936-37 turned the scale,” he said, “and thereafter I knew where I stood. Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it. It seems to me nonsense, in a period like our own, to think that one can avoid writing of such subjects. Everyone writes of them in one guise or another. It is simply a question of which side one takes and what approach one follows. And the more one is conscious of one's political bias, the more chance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one's aesthetic and intellectual integrity.” -Ron Price with thanks to 1George Orwell, “Why I Write,” 1947 at The Political Writings of George Orwell Internet Site, 2006.

    You said it well, George,
    after ten years of practice
    of your art.1 It took me 40
    years on some sinuous line
    to make my work into an art.2

    My starting point was a very
    different partisanship, you
    might call it a spiritual view,
    some facts to which I want
    to draw attention, to expose
    some false consciousness,
    to get a hearing, to find some
    space in the public view.

    I, like you, am driven on
    by some demon whom I
    can not resist or understand.
    But political purpose is at
    the base of my literary vitality.
    Were it not for this energy
    my writing would be lifeless,
    betrayed into purple passages,
    sentences without meaning,
    decorative adjectives and humbug.

    1 1936/7-1946/7 2 15 to 55: 1959 to 1999

    --Ron Price June 12th 2006
    Ron Price is a Canadian who has been living in Australia for 42 years(in 2013). He is married to a Tasmanian and has been for 37 years after 8 years in a first marriage. At the age of 69 he now spends most of his time as an author and writer, poet and publisher. editor and researcher, online blogger, essayist, journalist and engaging in independent scholarship. He has been associated with the Baha'i Faith for 60 years and a member for 53 years.cool:

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    Hi, Ron. I'm new here. I am glad to hear about your political consciousness. I think that 'Animal Farm' is the greatest treatise on politics - it's the Bible of Politics.

    I look forward to hearing more from you. Kindly suggest to me some good books on political philosophy.
    "Don't need a gun to blow your mind"

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    A Belated Reply--15 Months of Belatedness

    If you still exist I certainly appreciate your response and your kind words. There are so many books on the subject you mention. The first one that came to mind as I started writing this sentence was: Robert Nisbet's "The Social Philosophers, 1980(circa).-Best wishes.-Ron
    Ron Price is a Canadian who has been living in Australia for 42 years(in 2013). He is married to a Tasmanian and has been for 37 years after 8 years in a first marriage. At the age of 69 he now spends most of his time as an author and writer, poet and publisher. editor and researcher, online blogger, essayist, journalist and engaging in independent scholarship. He has been associated with the Baha'i Faith for 60 years and a member for 53 years.cool:

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