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The way we were: Unifying Europe

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   204

George Orwell writes in Partisan Review, June 1947:

“The only way of avoiding [the possibility of the end of civilisation] that I can imagine is to present somewhere or other, on a large scale, the spectacle of a community where people are relatively free and happy and where the main motive in life is not the pursuit of money or power. In other words, democratic Socialism must be made to work throughout some large area… A Socialist United States of Europe seems to me the only worthwhile political objective today. Such a federation would contain about 250m people, including perhaps…

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