From Musing about Orwell’s ‘Politics and the English Language’—50 years later:
One of the more foolish thoughts currently making the circuit is the insistence that everything is reducible to identity politics, that we are only the sum of our race, class, or gender. In such a world, precision matters a good deal less than advocacy, and reparations count for more than accomplishment. This brand of politics continues to exert enormous influence on our campuses, but it has little to do with politics as Orwell understood the word, and even less to do with the clear writing his essay championed.
Pinsker, S 1997. ‘Musing about Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”—50 years later.’ The Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 73(1), pp. V57–V71.
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