The Persistence of Pessimism, Oceania 20 Years After Nineteen Eighteen-Four

  • Ian Williams
Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)


This chapter suggests that the success of Orwell’s depiction of a society, based on concepts like thoughtcrime and doublethink, was not just because of his vicarious observations of life in the Soviet Union, nor even watching Communist sympathizers contort reality to fit their ideology, but rather his experiences in wartime Britain, where he worked for the BBC World Service broadcasting to India, defending a war for democracy and against fascism to several hundred million people under a colonial rule.


Orwell BBC India Democracy Fascism Thoughtcrime 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bard Center for Globalization and International AffairsManhattanUSA

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