Survival guides for Democrats

(K. Brent Tomer),

WHEN George Orwell, an avid collector of political pamphlets, surveyed the blossoming literary form in 1943, he was unexpectedly unimpressed. “There is totalitarian rubbish and paranoiac rubbish, but in each case it is rubbish,” he wrote in the New Statesman. The war years had generated a rash of writings from all sides of the political spectrum, and Orwell preserved 2,700 of them for the record, including one titled “What are you Going to do About It?” from 1936, by avowed pacifist Aldous Huxley. “The reason why the badness of contemporary pamphlets is somewhat surprising is that the pamphlet ought to be the literary form of an age like our own,” Orwell wrote. “We live in a time when political passions run high, channels of free expression are dwindling, and organised lying exists on a scale never before known. For plugging the holes in history the pamphlet is the ideal form.”

As the same might be said of our own time, it is perhaps unsurprising that the turbulent months of the past year have spurred the publication (and re-publication) of several updated takes on the political pamphlet, not all of them rubbish. The unprecedented victory of…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Survival guides for Democrats


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