Perl's lack of 'in' keyword

Aaron Trevena aaron.trevena at
Thu Oct 9 21:15:31 BST 2008

2008/10/9 Iain Barnett <iainspeed at>:
> I can only conclude your fibbing, unless you don't understand the link
> between "thought police", naziism, 5th columnists, paranoia, the control of
> language, and the dislike of challenging ideas.

There are some links between some of those topics, but probably not
the ones you're trying to make.

1984 refers to a totalitarian state, not necessarily a fascist one, it
could be socialist, anarchist, communist, fascist, absolute monarchy
or libertarian - totalitarian rule by all these groups occured in
europe in the 20th century and the spanish civil war provided almost a
lab experiment of how these groups ruled, whether at national,
regional or city state level. There are no direct references to the
Nazi party, and a great deal more to Orwells own experience of
paranoia and propoganda in his time fighting in and corresponding from
the International Brigade.

In fact it's pretty well known that Orwell was no fan of the stalinist
communism he saw in Spain, his Animal Farm book was clearly
anti-soviet and when he was writing 1984 he helped a friend in the
Foreign Office anti-soviet propoganda unit, so 1984 isn't directly
linked to Nazism at all, much more so it's about communism.


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