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The Betrayal of Dissent: Beyond Orwell, Hitchens and the New American Century - Scott Lucas

The Betrayal of Dissent: Beyond Orwell, Hitchens and the New American Century - Scott Lucas

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Orwell's True Heir:

In 1949, George Orwell, a celebrated foe of "Big Brother", supplied a list of 38 names of intellectuals he thought were dangerous "crypto-communists and fellow-travellers" to British intelligence, through a friend in the Labour government's Information Research Department, which worked closely with the Foreign Office and MI6.

In 2001, Christopher Hitchens, self-styled radical "contrarian" and self-proclaimed Orwell heir, launched a public campaign of denunciation and ridicule against those on his list of supposed "Islamo-fascist" apologists and "defenders of totalitarianism" who dared to critique US foreign policy in the wake of the September terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Hitchens and Orwell, argues Scott Lucas in The Betrayal of Dissent, both saw themselves as guardians of political purity, "honourable liberals" uncorrupted by what Orwell called the "smelly little orthodoxies" of the "totalitarian" Marxist left. It was the flawed liberal politics of both writers that allowed them to spring to the defence of capitalist imperialism.

Among the 135 "communist dupes or agents" Orwell had placed on the master blacklist from which he selected the 38 for state surveillance, were actors Charlie Chaplin and Michael Redgrave, historians E. H. Carr and Isaac Deutscher, singer Paul Robeson, former New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and numerous Labour MPs, Nobel Prize-winning physicists, novelists and journalists. Hitchens' list includes such noted progressive writers as Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Howard Zinn, Harold Pinter, Tariq Ali, Robert Fisk and Susan Sontag.

Hitchens has attempted to exonerate Orwell's special services to British capitalism's "thought police" by dismissing Orwell's blacklist as a mere "party game".

This "game", however, not only had at least one possible victim (the poet, Randall Swingler, was fired from his teaching job and blacklisted by the BBC shortly after Orwell's meeting with British intelligence) but reveals the dark political shadow to the Orwell icon. . . .

http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/29793
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http://www.ebookee.net/The-Betrayal-of-Dissent-Beyond-Orwell-Hitchens-and-the-New-American-Century_327697.html

Orwell's True Heir:

In 1949, George Orwell, a celebrated foe of "Big Brother", supplied a list of 38 names of intellectuals he thought were dangerous "crypto-communists and fellow-travellers" to British intelligence, through a friend in the Labour government's Information Research Department, which worked closely with the Foreign Office and MI6.

In 2001, Christopher Hitchens, self-styled radical "contrarian" and self-proclaimed Orwell heir, launched a public campaign of denunciation and ridicule against those on his list of supposed "Islamo-fascist" apologists and "defenders of totalitarianism" who dared to critique US foreign policy in the wake of the September terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Hitchens and Orwell, argues Scott Lucas in The Betrayal of Dissent, both saw themselves as guardians of political purity, "honourable liberals" uncorrupted by what Orwell called the "smelly little orthodoxies" of the "totalitarian" Marxist left. It was the flawed liberal politics of both writers that allowed them to spring to the defence of capitalist imperialism.

Among the 135 "communist dupes or agents" Orwell had placed on the master blacklist from which he selected the 38 for state surveillance, were actors Charlie Chaplin and Michael Redgrave, historians E. H. Carr and Isaac Deutscher, singer Paul Robeson, former New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and numerous Labour MPs, Nobel Prize-winning physicists, novelists and journalists. Hitchens' list includes such noted progressive writers as Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Howard Zinn, Harold Pinter, Tariq Ali, Robert Fisk and Susan Sontag.

Hitchens has attempted to exonerate Orwell's special services to British capitalism's "thought police" by dismissing Orwell's blacklist as a mere "party game".

This "game", however, not only had at least one possible victim (the poet, Randall Swingler, was fired from his teaching job and blacklisted by the BBC shortly after Orwell's meeting with British intelligence) but reveals the dark political shadow to the Orwell icon. . . .

http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/29793

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 THE BETRAYAL OF DISSENT
Beyond Orwell, Hitchens andthe New American Century
Scott Lucas
Pluto
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LONDON • STERLING, VIRGINIA
 
First published 2004 byPluto Press345 Archway Road, London N6 5AAand 22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166–2012, USAwww.plutobooks.comCopyright © Scott Lucas 2004The right of Scott Lucas to be identified as the author of thiswork has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright,Designs and Patents Act 1988.British Library Cataloguing in Publication DataA catalogue record for this book is available from the British LibraryISBN0 7453 2198 4 hardbackISBN0 7453 2197 6 paperbackLibrary of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data applied for10987654321Designed and produced for Pluto Press byChase Publishing Services, Fortescue, Sidmouth, EX10 9QG, EnglandTypeset from disk by Stanford DTP Services, Northampton, EnglandPrinted and bound in the European Union byMPG Books, Bodmin, Cornwall, England

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