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Alan Johnson: How George Orwell formed my politics—and predicted our post-truth world

As a young man, Orwell introduced me to a fiercely egalitarian, patriotic, undogmatic socialism. Today, his works are even more important

By Alan Johnson   January 2018

George Orwell died four months before I was born, and yet his impact on my politics has been more profound than that of any other writer or, for that matter, politician. His self-declared intention was “to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people’s idea of the kind of society that they should strive after.” He certainly succeeded so far as I was concerned. I suspect that few writers have shaped the views of their readers to the extent that Orwell has.

Orwell entered my life in 1964…

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