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Four legs good, two legs better,
This review is from: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Paperback)
This book is a ferocious satire of a state with a one party system, built originally on the principle that 'all animals are equal'.
The ideals of the revolution are quickly betrayed and the one party state turns into a work-camp. First, one ethnic group takes control of the system and after, one individual within this group wields dictatorial power.
To consolidate his power, the dictator controls the media (spreading false information and blatant lies), organizes fake elections (one candidate only), creates fear and terror through forced confessions and public executions, puts all internal problems on the back of foreign agents, rewrites history and erases the memory of his old revolutionary companions.
Orwell's perfect model was Stalin's USSR.
The choice of the roles of the different kinds of animals is not less than brilliant.
Unfortunately, this deadly satire is still very topical today. Most of the world's independent states are ruled partially, or even totally, as a copy of Orwell's nation of sheep, dogs, workhorses and pigs, with one pig more equal than all other animals together.
A must read.