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Experience of workers' power forged Orwell's early politics


George Orwell wrote one of the most important celebrations of revolution–Homage to Catalonia.

His account of his experiences with the revolutionary militias in Spain makes clear his commitment to both working class struggle and to socialism.

His description of Barcelona as he arrived is famous:

“It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle.

“Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flags or with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; every wall was scrawled with the hammer and sickle and with the initials of the revolutionary parties...

“Every shop and cafe had an inscription saying that it had been collectivised; even the bootblacks had been collectivised and their boxes painted red and black. Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal...

“There was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognised it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for.”


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Tue 15 Jan 2013, 16:32 GMT
Issue No. 2336
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