George Orwell quotes about politics


George Orwell has a way of saying in one sentence what others struggle to say in entire books. Here are a few of his quotes about politics.

The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.

Indeed, the two main currents on the hard left are Marxism and Anarchism (and their many offshoots and currents.)  Yet the anti-authoritarian anarchist left has more in common with supposed right-wing libertarians than it does with Marxists. And for good reason. Both oppose strong state control.

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

You can’t avoid politics, as Hitchens said, because it will find you.

One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

And I thought I was cynical… Yet there is much truth in what he says. Somehow the dictatorship of the proletariat, which was only supposed to be used against the bourgeoise and then wither away, gets used against everyone and gains power instead of shedding it.

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.