The Betrayal Of Dissent : Beyond Orwell, Hitchens and the New American Century
Scott LucasISBN: 0745321976;
Book DescriptionSince his death in 1950, George Orwell has been canonized as England's foremost political writer, and the standard-bearer of honesty and decency for the honorable "Left". In this controversial book, Scott Lucas argues that the exaltation of Orwell, far from upholding dissent against the State, has sought to quash such opposition. Indeed, Orwell has become the icon of those who try to silence public criticism of US and UK foreign policy in the "War on Terror". Lucas's lively and readable critique of public intellectuals including Christopher Hitchens, Michael Walzer, David Aaronovitch, and Johann Hari -- who have all invoked Orwellian honesty and decency to shut down dissent -- will appeal to anyone disillusioned with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Lucas contends that these leading journalists and commentators have used Orwell to justify their own political transition from radicals to upholders of the establishment. He argues that we must rescue...
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