Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Orwell on Pacifism as objectively pro Fascist.

Wonderful Russian website with everything Orwell --and searchable-- including Orwell's essay Pacifism and the War, first published in the Partisan Review, September 1942.
Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’. The idea that you can somehow remain aloof from and superior to the struggle, while living on food which British sailors have to risk their lives to bring you, is a bourgeois illusion bred of money and security.