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Jake Johnson: Citing Orwell, Judge Blocks ‘Positively Dystopian’ Censorship Law Backed by DeSantis

The federal judge lambasted Florida officials’ argument that “professors enjoy ‘academic freedom’ so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the state approves.”

November 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Slouching Towards Fascism With DeSantis’ Election Police

Even as the Senate bitterly, implausibly debates fundamental voting rights that not long ago were deemed non-negotiable, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking Orwell’s “1984” and running with it into … Continue reading

January 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

Jenny Davidson: What makes a sentence a masterpiece?

The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own.

June 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Karen J. Greenberg: Dismantling Democracy, One Word at a Time

Down the Memory Hole Consider us officially in an Orwellian world, though we only half realize it. While we were barely looking, significant parts of an American language long familiar … Continue reading

May 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: On the Brink, 1938

A happy vicar I might have been… -George Orwell On the Spanish battlefield, he would crawl on his stomach searching for potatoes. The POUM (Marxist Workers’ Party) made him an … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

Jill Stein: In Praise of WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero. Like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and other whistleblowers facing government persecution, Assange has sacrificed his personal comfort and safety to bring us the … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

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