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Martin Bollis
Martin Bollis
2 months ago

The link to the Thomas Frank article is well worth reading. A moment of accurate self awareness, published in the Guardian, must be a positive step.

Something that seems to be missing in the Twitter debate is the MSM’s amplifying role. Only 20% of the UK’s population has a Twitter account and only a small percentage of them are activists.

Twitter only matters because mainstream journalists report what this tiny bunch of nutters think as if they represent broad social trends. If journalists were banned from having a Twitter account the whole thing could go back to cat videos.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
2 months ago

Progressive fascism.
”Four legs good, two legs bad”
“This phrase, which occurs in Chapter III, constitutes Snowball’s condensation of the Seven Commandments of Animalism, which themselves serve as abridgments of Old Major’s stirring speech on the need for animal unity in the face of human oppression. The phrase instances one of the novel’s many moments of propagandizing, which Orwell portrays as one example of how the elite class abuses language to control the lower classes. Although the slogan seems to help the animals achieve their goal at first, enabling them to clarify in their minds the principles that they support, it soon becomes a meaningless sound bleated by the sheep (“two legs baa-d”), serving no purpose other than to drown out dissenting opinion. By the end of the novel, as the propagandistic needs of the leadership change, the pigs alter the chant to the similar-sounding but completely antithetical “Four legs good, two legs better.””
What part of this does the progressive liberal elite not understand ? Is it just not clever enough, does it lack sufficient buzzwords or incomprehensible gobbledygook ( that horror fore fend, the plebeians might actually understand and call it out for what it actually is). It seems doubly ironic that a book about Stalinism seems to have become a guide book for todays fascist tendencies of the liberal hegemony.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis
2 months ago

It seems somewhat ironic, that quoting from ‘Animal Farm’ is potentially censored. Even the “Awaiting for approval” seems an odd phrase (I dun know, maybe it’s correct ?). Surely it should read ‘Waiting for approval’ or indeed ‘Awaiting approval’ ? They just seem to be uncertain (almost as if the very notion itself doesn’t quite sit comfortably within themselves) that they gave up deciding which phrase to use, so just plumped for something in between ?

J Bryant
J Bryant
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Lewis

Awaiting for approval” seems an odd phrase
The software is probably an off-the-shelf package and was probably written (cheaply) in a country where English isn’t the first language.

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
2 months ago
Reply to  J Bryant

Particularly odd as presumably the comments that are allowed to appear are not “approved” merely not found to be sufficiently objectionable to be suppressed.

Last edited 2 months ago by Jeremy Bray
ARNAUD ALMARIC
ARNAUD ALMARIC
2 months ago

You must have noticed that to comment on today’s essay on HM the Queen, you have to ‘click again’ , unlike all other of today’s other essays.
This puts your comment before the Chief Imperial Censor, who then ‘slashes and burns’ as he/she thinks fit.

Please Mr Musk, your devoted yet unworthy servants beg you rescue us from this nonsense.

Last edited 2 months ago by ARNAUD ALMARIC
ARNAUD ALMARIC
ARNAUD ALMARIC
2 months ago

As at 14.41 BST, all discussion on the Good Friday Agreement in today’s Blair essay has been CENSORED.
QED?

ARNAUD ALMARIC
ARNAUD ALMARIC
2 months ago
Reply to  ARNAUD ALMARIC

GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT comments restored as at:
16.16 BST.

J Bryant
J Bryant
2 months ago

At 9.25 GMT there are still no comments on that article.
I’ve noticed the range of total number of comments on most articles is much lower than even a few months ago. I think Unherd is losing readers.