George Orwell has had an astonishing influence on Australian politics often in ways he would have disapproved of fiercely. Today, one hundred years after his birth, his relevance is growing rather than diminishing.
Orwells' insights and values represent a challenge and an opportunity for the Australian left - especially because a host of public institutions and once-unquestioned rights are being attacked by a determined and ideologically driven band of radical conservatives, many of whom justify their beliefs through an appeal to the socialist George Orwell.
Orwell's Australia argues that, in an era of global war and national insecurity, the Australian left must once again become the defenders of our way of life and political institutions - just as Orwell wanted the English left to do half a century ago. The left needs to reclaim Orwell for Australia's good.
|Introduction: Why I write||p. 1|
|Australian intellectuals and leviathan||p. 8|
|Politics and the Australian language||p. 34|
|The road to Fountain Gate||p. 85|
|Postscript: the political adviser and leviathan today||p. 128|
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Series: Scribe Short Books
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.6 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1