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O correctismo segundo Orwell

por jpt, em 08.07.11

 

Em tempos aqui coloquei a citação de Orwell que vou repetir. Agora a propósito deste correctismo actual, que no seu avatar linguístico abaixo e mais abaixo abordei. Apenas para lembrar que não se trata de boa (confiável) gente ...

 

The distinction that really matters is not between violence and non-violence, but between having and not having the appetite for power. There are people who are convinced of the wickedness both of armies and of police forces, but who are nevertheless much more intolerant and inquisitorial in outlook than the normal person who believes that it is necessary to use violence in certain circumstances. They will not say to somebody else, “Do this, that and the other or you will go to prison“, but they will, if they can, get inside his brain and dictate his thoughts for him in the minutest particulars. Creeds like pacifism and anarchism, which seem on the surface to imply a complete renunciation of power, rather encourage this habit of mind. For if you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics – a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage – surely that proves that you are in the right? And the more you are in the right, the more natural that everyone else should be bullied into thinking likewise.

 

(“Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool“, no “Inside the Whale and Other Essays” (Penguin Books, 1962 [1957]) p. 118)

 

jpt

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