Orwell in the market state

A small notice that George Orwell lived here; and a security camera out the front.

Of course Orwell critiqued Stalinism in his famous novels and writings like Animal Farm and 1984. Stalinism was an authoritarian system with a centrally controlled economy. In a funny kind of way the outcome of extreme liberalism is the camera in the picture. High levels of inequality are seen as unavoidable due to economic liberalism; and we are all under surveillance to check if our lauded individual freedom endangers others, or especially (inequitably distributed) property. Individual freedom was crushed under Stalinism. Individualism is promoted under the (current) market state and the prison system fills up with those who contravene the dictum that ‘we can all do what we want, provided that we don’t harm others’.

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