Scott Lucas

On Socialism and Journalism

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I read John Newsinger's review of the recent biographies of Orwell (July/August SR) with a smile, as it seemed to bear out my contention that 'Orwell' is primarily used today as a political weapon to bash opponents rather than as the basis for a discussion of socialism.

While the claim that I have launched 'the traditional Stalinist attack on Orwell, but with the Stalinism left out' will amuse colleagues and family who weren't aware of my sympathies for the long-lost Soviet Union, it does little for debate.

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