George Orwell in Spain

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    robbo203
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    DJP
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    All members of the POUM would be under surveillance. Orwell was actually lucky to leave Spain alive. This documentary about the assassination of Nin is worth watching if you are interested in that kind of thing..

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    ALB
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    Interesting. No wonder he had no compunction after the war in giving a list of state-capitalist Russia’s fellow travellers to British intelligence. For which he has often been criticised — by other admirers of Russia.

    By the way, by coincidence there is a talk and discussion in Orwell this Friday at 7.30 on Discord.

    FRIDAY NIGHT TALK 7.30pm GEORGE ORWELL

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    Young Master Smeet
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    And, don’t forget, Orwell’s copyright expire at the end of this year… All of his works enter public domain in the UK.

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    alanjjohnstone
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    ALB
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    Here is the considered position we took up at the time. Basically, that it was up to the Spanish workers to decide what to do in the circumstances. We respect their decision whatever our doubts.

    ”Whether the Spanish workers were wise in participating in a struggle so costly in human lives may be debatable, but as they have decided to take the plunge, and as they have the most violent partisans of capitalism against them, Socialists are, of course, on their side. It must be assumed that the Spanish workers weighed up the situation and counted the cost before deciding their course of action. That is a matter upon which their judgement should be better than that of people outside the country.”

    The SPGB and Spain

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    alanjjohnstone
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    L.B. Neill
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    David Bowie wanted to do a musical theme on 1984, but the trustees of Orwell’s estate said no.

    Bowie is gone. And now the author’s moral right  (50 years since death?) is close to being spent!

    No matter.

    https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q3_BiBvomgI/TV9ndClBEfI/AAAAAAAADiM/kFpRkLnFA4k/s640/Blueshirts.jpg

    This is an often forgot Irish folly into Spanish politics.  Dumphy arrives to support the fascists. He gets fired on by the people he wants to support, related to the colour of their shirts. The moral- do not support fascism. The bell tolled for him.

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