“Keep It Tribal” George Orwell : ANIMALISM
“Nationalism is not to be confused with Patriotism. By ‘Patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force it on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both military and culturally.
Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power.”
Animalism : (extract from wiki)
The pigs Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer adapt Old Major’s ideas into an actual philosophy, which they formally name Animalism. Soon after, Napoleon and Squealer indulge in the vices of humans (drinking alcohol, sleeping in beds, trading). Squealer is employed to alter the Seven Commandments to account for this humanisation, an allusion to the Soviet government’s revising of history in order to exercise control of the people’s beliefs about themselves and their society.
The original commandments are:
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
- No animal shall wear clothes.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed.
- No animal shall drink alcohol.
- No animal shall kill any other animal.
- All animals are equal.
Later, Napoleon and his pigs secretly revise some commandments to clear them of accusations of law-breaking (such as “No animal shall drink alcohol” having “to excess” appended to it and “No animal shall sleep in a bed” with “with sheets” added to it). The changed commandments are as follows, with the changes bolded:
- 4 No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
- 5 No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
- 6 No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.
Eventually these are replaced with the maxims, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others“, and “Four legs good, two legs better!” as the pigs become more human. This is an ironic twist to the original purpose of the Seven Commandments, which were supposed to keep order within Animal Farm by uniting the animals together against the humans, and prevent animals from following the humans’ evil habits. Through the revision of the commandments, Orwell demonstrates how simply political dogma can be turned into malleable propaganda.
George Orwell – A Final Warning
DON’T LET IT HAPPEN… IT DEPEND ON YOU…