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2016/07/09

Beware the Pigs in Charge of The Revolution !

Old major, the leader says, with “the man” gone, the animals would enjoy the abundance the land provides and build a new society based on equality. He says that “the man” has no concern for the animals—that he uses them until they are no longer productive. He butchers many young ones and euthanizes them all when they get old. 

Napoleon takes over and anoints himself as the great leader and claims he is making things better for everyone—despite the fact that the common animals are cold, hungry, poor, and overworked if they have a job at all. He is proud of his new policies that now assures butchering the young ones before they are even born and euthanizing all the rest when they get old. It was after all, part of the “hope and change,” they said they wanted.

Years pass on Animal Farm, and the pigs have become more and more like “the man”— walking upright, living in luxury with only their guards able to carry guns; feasting on the finest of foods, and wearing expensive clothes.

One day, looking in at the party of elites through the farmhouse window, the common animals can no longer tell which are the pigs and which are “the man.” But at least now they know what it is like to to be ruled by pigs.

And though it’s too late, they also realize,  “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

Edited from Animal Farm, by George Orwell. Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.”  Obama’s 2008 General Election Victory Speech In Grant Park

The moral of the story: “Beware the enemy within” ~ Marcus Tulius Cicero

Nothing could be more contemptible than to desire a world in which there are no winners or losers because everyone is held at the level of the lowest common denominator through coercion. All effort would be futile; the only point of life would be to cower in the safety of never having your inadequacy exposed.

Such a world will never exist anyway, because no two people have ever been equal. That is why every attempt to impose radical egalitarianism results in the form of tyranny George Orwell called “oligarchical collectivism.” —

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