I have just re-read Animal Farm by George Orwell and was intrigued by
the many parallels with UKLC; I would suggest that Steve reads the
book- it's not too long and not too mentally demanding, so he should
be OK. It just may open his eyes to what is happening here and what
he personally has become.
To briefly summarise the plot; three pigs, two of which are called
Napoleon and Squealer (for Napoleon and Squealer read johnny and
Steve) decide they have had enough of the humans (UKLCers) who live at
Home Farm (UKLC) and who they think are unjustly oppressing and
controlling them. The pigs want to run things their way and they
attempt to run the humans off the farm and take it over for
After several innocent animals, who the two pigs think are consorting
with "the enemy" (no comment!!), have been killed (driven out of the
NG) the pigs eventually build a wind turbine to generate electricity,
but this blows down in a wind (no comment!!). The humans then point
out the design deficiencies (no comment!!). The pigs however claim
there was nothing wrong with the design, it worked perfectly so it
must have been sabotaged (no comment!!).
Eventually Napoleon (johnny) insists on always getting his own way in
everything and any animal (UKLCer) who opposes Napoleon meets instant
death at the teeth of an attack dog (Steve). One of the pigs' most
loyal acolyte writes a slogan, "Napoleon is always right", but
eventually Napoleon turns on this most loyal fan and sells him to a
glue factory (no comment!!).
Finally, the animals adopt the slogan "All animals (UKLCers) are equal
but some animals (pigs) are more equal than others", but in the end
the pigs (johnny and Steve) become just like the humans and it is
completely impossible to tell one from the other.
Hopefully the book may tell Steve a couple of things (but I doubt it,
his myopia and rose-tinted spectacles get in the way):-
That, unless you are very careful, you eventually actually become
the very thing you hate - the two becoming indistinguishable.
The book is allegorical and has many hidden meanings, you cannot
just take an author's words at face value - look deeper and you can
clearly see the intended real message.
It is meant as a fable (it is a critique of Communism) and is intended
to demonstrate how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed and
- posted 6 years ago