Orwell's Political Pessimism in '1984'

  title={Orwell's Political Pessimism in '1984'},
  author={David T. Lowenthal},
  pages={160 - 175}
  • D. Lowenthal
  • Published 1 December 1969
  • Political Science
  • Polity
George Orwell's 1984 has been a staple of the undergraduate diet for years, and Orwell's importance as a political writer is often noted. Despite his belief in it, Orwell was most pessimistic about the future of liberal democracy; and little has happened since he died to encourage optimism. In this article Professor Lowenthal examines the bases for Orwell's pessimistic conclusions. Since it is likely that the Orwells of this word have far greater influence than the political philosophers, there… 
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