Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on August 9, 2020

in Hubris and humility

… is from page 179 of Joseph Epstein’s May 1990 New Criterion essay “The big O: the reputation of George Orwell” as this essay is reprinted (and retitled as “Orwell”) in the 2018 collection of some of Epstein’s essays titled The Ideal of Culture:

But Orwell’s anti-Communism grew not alone out of his historical experience – with his self-acclaimed talent for facing unpleasant facts – but also out of his exposure to intellectuals under political pressure. He repeatedly said that “the intellectuals are more totalitarian in outlook than the common people.”


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