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It Feels Like Animal Farm
Oct 10, 2008
“Animal Farm” tells the simple and tragic story of what happens when the oppressed farm animals rebel, drive out Mr. Jones, the farmer, and attempt to rule the farm themselves, on an equal basis. What the animals seem to have aimed at was a utopian sort of communism, where each would work according to his capacity, respecting the needs of others. The venture failed, and “Animal Farm” ended up being a dictatorship of pigs [led by Napolean, their leader], who were the brightest, and most idle of the animals.
Source: Anna Hassapi Book Review, Animal Farm by G. Orwell
The government is coming in to rescue the big houses. Enron was allowed to fail, Worldcomm was allowed to fail, Bear was not allowed to fail, Lehman was allowed to fail, Merrill was spared, and Goldman and Morgan are going to be spared along with AIG.
When everything else failed [Squealer, the pig in charge of propoganda] would use the threat of “Jones returning” to silence the animals. In this simple but effective way, Orwell presents the tragedy and confusion of thought control to the extent that one seems better off simply believing that” Napoleon is always right”.
There are serious things to consider here.
What’s worse is that there is a vacuum of leadership at the helm: an out-going, highly unpopular President and a country on the eve of a century-defining election. This feels like the morning after a very big party and you just woke up with a huge hangover and you have no idea who is laying next to you or where you even are. Somebody come and clean the stables – it stinks in here!