On this day in 1903, Eric Blair was born in Bengal, India. Never heard of him? He wrote under the name "George Orwell."
Many folks say he was anti-communist. Actually, he was anti-totalitarian. Which is why he was opposed to Stalin (see his allegory Animal Farm), but also why he set his famous book 1984 in England. He was warning us. Are we listening?
Whether talking about the socially-constructed, political notion of "race," the art of doing "gender," or what the *bleep* is going on in Washington, our quote of the week is:
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." ~~George Orwell