For writers to function, we need a few things. First and foremost is freedom to write down the ideals within our minds, because without the written medium the ideals remain clouded and unresolved. Free speech has been whittled away in what Orwell describes as political saturation, in that writers can't avoid being confronted with politics, despite a natural inclination to stay away from them. Yes, there are political writers, but that simply represents their chosen genre, not their freedom of expression. Despite this, society at large has produced a reward system based in confirmation bias, present in both Orwell's time and our own.
The significance of politics is often inverted with that of culture. Some think politics guide the culture, but in reality, the greater culture directs what policies are highlighted, get funding, and remain relevant. Relevance is key, and although writers for generations have argued to so much as stay relevant (so sad...), they--as the very gatekeepers of culture--have been progressively bullied into conveying untruths via politics. Page 92: "The time is coming--not next year, perhaps not for ten or twenty years, but it is coming--when every writer will have the choice of being silenced altogether or of producing the dope that a privileged minority demands." You can tell how much he hates capitalism, because the privileged minority are the ones with the money and the muscle instead of the mind and vision. Fascism was no better though, so he naturally fell in between the two.
Orwell joined the Labour Party because it was the closest thing to his ideal of Socialism he could find, and also because he believed it was the party most apt to respond to the warring Fascists. His choice was tactical; not idealistic or utopian, despite the fact that Socialism is more of a utopian ideal than a functional form of government. Did he settle? No, because he hopped from party to party to find the flavor of Socialism that most suited his vision, not his bankroll. He didn't let the wartime craziness limit or define him, he chose to let it inform him.
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