coloured, whereas the opposite claim would seem to him unexceptionable even if he disagreed with. To name only one instance, the BBC celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Red Army without mentioning Trotsky. There can often be a genuine doubt about the most enormous events. Scottish nationalists insist on the superiority of Lowland Scots, and socialists whose nationalism takes the form of class hatred tirade against the.B.C. Goldstein, like Trotsky, has 'a lean Jewish face, with a great fuzzy aureole of white hair and a small goatee beard'. The most ardent Russophile hardly believed that all of the victims were guilty of all the things they were accused of: but by holding heretical opinions they objectively harmed the rgime, and therefore it was quite right not only to massacre them but to discredit. Almost every one of the few individuals we meet in 1984 has, as his job, the rapid rewriting of the past, the readjustment of statistics, the overhauling of newspapers - as though anyone is going to take the trouble to pay attention to the past.
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Carb article critique
A Communist, for my purpose here, is one who looks upon the.S.S.R. When New Year's Day of the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 1985 arrives and the United States is still in existence and facing very much the problems it faces today, how will we express our fears of whatever aspect of life fills us with apprehension? But here I must repeat what I said above, that I am only using the word nationalism for lack of a better. When one considers the elaborate forgeries that have been committed in order to show that Trotsky did not play a valuable part in the Russian civil war, it is difficult to feel that the people responsible are merely lying. Pacifist literature abounds with equivocal remarks which, if they mean anything, appear to mean that statesmen of the type of Hitler are preferable to those of the type of Churchill, and that violence is perhaps excusable if it is violent enough. Among writers, good examples of this school of thought are Hugh McDiarmid and Sean O'Casey. But this kind of thing is harmless, or at least it is understandable. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. The bigoted Communist who changes in a space of weeks, or even days, into an equally bigoted Trotskyist is a common spectacle. Its most outstanding exponent though he was perhaps an extreme case rather than a typical one was. The intensity with which they are held does not prevent nationalist loyalties from being transferable.