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DISPATCH: Orwell in the White House
Posted on January 31, 2003 by Anita

During a presidential debate between Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000, the moderator asked Bush who his favorite philosopher was. After a moment of stunned silence in which you could see the poor dunce scrape the edges of his brain for residue from a college course he had long forgotten, he answered with a relieved smirk: "Christ".

If only it were so. If Christ were Bush's philosophical model, he would not be inviting moneychangers into the temple. He would not be turning ploughshares into swords. He would not be making arrangements that the rich might inherit the Earth.

The truth is, George Orwell is closer to Bush's philosophical mentor, as it is not hard to imagine Bush misunderstanding Orwell as thoroughly as he seems to miss Christ's point. Bush seems to have read Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm" not as cautionary tales, but as manuals for living and leadership. ...

Read the rest of my column at Alternet, here.

Topic : Frigging Daft
Posted By : Anita
Posted On : January 31, 2003



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