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May 1st, 2014
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Animal Farm poll

Animal Farm was

anti-communist
13(35.1%)
anti-capitalist
0(0.0%)
both
16(43.2%)
other (explain in comments)
4(10.8%)
I just want to see the results
4(10.8%)


Any thoughts about what, if anything, Animal Farm proves about fiction with a very high proportion of message?

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From:ritaxis
Date:May 2nd, 2014 04:55 am (UTC)
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other: I think more anti-communist than not because of other things Orwell wrote, but the fact is that it doesn't really matter anymore because people just want to read it and every damned thing else as anti-communist.
From:paulshandy
Date:May 2nd, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
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If you don't have anything to say, why are you writing?
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 2nd, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
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The thing you might want to say could be that the world is an interesting place to live in, or excitement is fun, or somesuch.
From:paulshandy
Date:May 4th, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)
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Good enough.
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From:sturgeonslawyer
Date:May 2nd, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Anti-totalitarian.
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 2nd, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Anti-authoritarian, I think, with the distinction being that Orwell implied that any authority will become totalitarian, rather than the more usual idea that some authority is needed, and evil totalitarian authority is something distinct.
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From:elenbarathi
Date:May 3rd, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes; this.
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From:carbonel
Date:May 2nd, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this. I was about to say "anti-authoritarian," but this is better.
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From:en_ki
Date:May 2nd, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
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I remember it being both anti-communist and anti-*fascist*, as Orwell was. I don't get where anti-capitalism could come in at all.
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 2nd, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Farmer Jones is a normal property owner.

At the end of the book, the "communist" leaders can't be distinguished from businessmen.

I'd say both are anti-capitalist elements.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:May 2nd, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
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It's basically a pessimistic work on the possibility of making a better world by revolution. Napoleon and Snowball obviously stand for Lenin and Trotsky, but I think Orwell was making a point broader than the Soviet Union. The animals are anti-capitalist, but there's no particular reason to think Orwell was trying to make them sympathetic on that point. They are, after all, revolting against us, the humans.
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From:ice_hesitant
Date:May 2nd, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Anti-Bonapartist.;-)
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From:dcseain
Date:May 2nd, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Anti-fascist for sure, anti-communist incidentally. Anti-totalitarian certainly. Anti-capitalist only insofar as that intersects with fascism.
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