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Why domestic animals revolted against their Masters?

The elderly and most clever pig Major summoned all the animals in the farm and delivered this speech:

” I had a longer life than I expected in this farm, and I dare say that I fathomed the nature of our animal life on earth.

Our lives on this farm are miserable, harshly laborious and extremely short. We are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies in order to be forced to work to the last atom of our strength.

At term, we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty.

No animal farm in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old.

Is this supposed to be the order of nature? No.

That the land cannot afford a decent life for us? No.

The soil is fertile and can feed many fold our number and we could live in far better comfort and dignity that are now beyond our imagining. Why is that?

The whole of our produce is stolen from us by human beings who consume without producing much of anything.

Mankind does not give milk, lay eggs, run fast enough to catch rabbits, not strong enough to pull the plough… Our dung fertilizes the soil, our labor tills the soil… And yet, He is the lord of all the animals.

He set the animals to work for him, gives back the bare survival rations, and the rest he keeps for himself.

How many thousands gallons of milk have you the cows given last year? How much was left for you to breed up sturdy calves?

Milk, eggs, honey…have gone to market to bring in money to Master Jones and a few of his men helpers.

Where are the foals mare Clover you bore? Each one was sold at a year old.

Our miserable lives never reached their natural span and we barely escape the knife in the end.

You young porkers will scream your lives out at the block within a year.

Even the horses will end up fodder for the fox-hounds. Old dogs will be drowned with a brick tied round their necks.

All our evils spring from the tyranny of our real arch enemy Man.

Never believe that Man and animals have any common interests.

Never fall prey to the propaganda that prosperity comes from our cooperation with Man.

Get rid of Man and live longer.

Get rid of man and enjoy the plenty of everything and lots of rest.

My message to you is: Rebellion

Fix your eyes on the rebellion. Let the future generations carry on the struggle until it is victorious.

All farm animal species are comrades and united against our common enemy Man.

Now join me in this song:

“Rings shall vanish from our noses

And the harness from our backs

Bit and spur shall rust forever

Cruel whips no more shall crack

Purer shall England waters be

Clover, wheat, oat and hay

Barley, beans and mangel-wurzels

Shall be ours upon that day

Beast of England, beast of Ireland

Beast of every land and clime

Hearken well and spread my tidings

Of the golden future time.”

 

Note: Read “Animal Farm” of George Orwell

Animal Farm? Is Mankind about ready for a couple Animal Farm stories

Have you read or recall the Animal Farm of George Orwell?

Do you recognize the pig Squealers (the propagandist), the pig Napoleons (Stalin), the Snowballs (Trotsky), the pigs in our society, the watchdogs, the donkeys (Ben), the raven (Moses), the carthorse (Boxer), the pigeons… and the capabilities, limitations and functions in our midst?

The farm animals revolted against Master Jones.

The pigs are ruling the new community because of their superior knowledge and are assuming the running of the farm according to new system of equality among all.

Squealer is taking the podium:

“Comrades. You do not imagine that we pigs are drinking the milk and eating the apple harvest in a spirit of selfishness and privileged status. Many of us don’t even like milk or apples.

But milk and apples contain substances absolutely necessary to the well being of the pig brain to keep this farm well managed for all.

If we fail in our duty, master Jones would come back. Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones back…”

Snowball is of the opinion of sending out more pigeons to stir up rebellions among animals on the other farms

Napoleon is adamant that priority is to procure arms and get military training and  (rounding up the counter-revolutionaries)

Snowball is driven into exile. Napoleon is the new dictator.

A goose came forward and confessed to having secreted a few ears of corn from the last harvest.

A sheep confessed to have urinated in the drinking pool…

The slogan inscribed on the barn read “All animals are equal” and a new qualifier was added “But some are more equal than others

The carthorse represents the good natured common people, particularly the peasants.

The raven points to the priesthood class: They disappear in hard times and return as times are better

The donkey is the intellectual who normally rejects fuss and demonstrations, but clearly see what’s going on…

The Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet communist system crumbled, but Animal farm suits all kinds of political systems and is applicable to all of them.

Orwell was well placed to observe and analyse how the communists during the long Stalin reign functioned. He enlisted with the Republicans during the Spanish 1936 civil war and wrote Homage to Catalonia (published in 1938).

During his stay in Spain, Orwell was totally frustrated how the communists (Stalinists) turned their coats to the leftist Spanish parties and did their best to disunite the various factions and participated in the disintegration of the popular front and the victory of the fascist Franco..

Stalin had signed the partition of Poland with Hitler and in return, Franco had to take over in Spain.

So far, I read 6 of Orwell’s publications and extensively reviewed two of them: Down and out in Paris… and 1984.

A few of the publication of this awesome author:

1. Burmese Days, 1934: Orwell enlisted with the British army in Burma before the WWII

2. A Clergyman’s Daughter 1935

3. Keep the Aspidistra Flying 191936

4. Coming up for Air 1939

5. Animal farm 1945

6. The Road to Wigan Pier 1937: He witnessed very closely the life of the miners and their families in Birmingham

7. Homage to Catalonia 1938

8. Inside the Whale 1940

9. The Lion and the Unicorn 1941

10. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution 1946

11 Critical Essays 1946

12. Shooting an Elephant 1950

13. England your England 1953

14. Down and out in Paris and London 1933

15. 1984

Note: Down and Out  https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/down-and-out-in-paris-and-london-by-george-orwell/


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