(“La manière la plus rapide de mettre terme à une guerre est de la perdre”)
George Orwell (1903-1950) – Pochette de Suicide Is Painless et pochette de Forever Delayed
[Extrait de l’article de Orwell “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”, dans Polemic (mai 1946)]
Texte original :
“[…] The English intelligentsia, on the whole, were more defeatist than the mass of the people — and some of them went on being defeatist at a time when the war was quite plainly won — partly because they were better able to visualise the dreary years of warfare that lay ahead. Their morale was worse because their imaginations were stronger. The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it, and if one finds the prospect of a long war intolerable, it is natural to disbelieve in the possibility of victory. […]”
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Cette citation est extraite d’un article dans lequel George Orwell critique la théorie politique de James Burnham, auteur de l’Ère des organisateurs (1941). Dans ce livre, Burnham déclare que, comme la politique n’est qu’une lutte pour le pouvoir, seule une forme strictement bureaucratique et socialo-scientifique de gouvernement survivra — que ce soit le nazisme, le communisme ou une nouvelle forme de capitalisme.
VOIR AUSSI :
- “After the age of 30 a man’s life is the odd island of pleasure in a sea of ennui” [Citations]
- Big Brother [Expressions]
- Orwell, George [Auteurs + Personnes]
- “Hope lies in the proles.” [Citations]
- “I hate purity, I hate goodness / I don’t want virtue to exist anywhere / I want everyone corrupt.” [Samples]
- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” [Citations]
- “The party is not concerned with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, providing that the hierarchical structure remains always the same.” [Citations]
- “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.” [Citations]