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And George Orwell may not even have been conscious of the fact. American pressure is an important factor because it can be exerted most easily on Britain, the one country in Europe which is outside the Russian orbit. The hard fact here is that most of western Europe was slipping into the Soviet grip. Communist parties in France and Italy were getting ready to seize power, with the Communists already the largest party in the French assembly.
More memorably, these conditions are the background to the American foreign policy initiatives remembered as the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Imelda May - Live @ 12 Bar Club (London Oct. 30, 1999) (DVD). For most people, these things are mainly recalled as chapter Nineteen Eighty Seven - Nuclear Summer - Nuclear Summer in high school texts, or even as examples of Nineteen Eighty Seven - Nuclear Summer - Nuclear Summer dull, indecipherable topics best treated as punchlines to jokes.
Throughout western Europe, there were riots, work stoppages, mine floodings, and anti-Marshall Plan posters, films, flyers, and newspapers. Factories and wharves were shut down throughout France for much of late ; in Italy, the Communists held a sit-down strike in the Parliament.
In America, the most memorable efflorescence of the anti-Marshall Plan drive though seldom remembered as such was the strange presidential campaign of ex-Vice President Henry Wallace. They did not succeed, as it rapidly became clear that these efforts were directed by the Soviet Central Committee and the Communist Party of the USA, operating through labor unions, particularly the CIO. If the United States remains capitalist, and especially if it needs markets for exports, it cannot regard a Socialist Europe with a friendly eye.
What exactly is he saying here? In all his writings, Orwell seldom, if ever, affects interest in such peripheral economic matters as trade policy. Knowing when Orwell wrote this, in about Junegives us a clue as to where he got this The Great Pretender - Various - The Originals notion.
I doubt Orwell knew where the story originated, or detected its ring of Marxian economics; but that is essentially what it was. Varga came back with a suitably dire forecast: the US was facing a depression nearly the size of the Great Depression of the s, with ten million unemployed and a twenty percent drop in GNP. Varga most likely did not believe what he wrote here. With the passing months, Soviet propaganda evolved somewhat.
Mostly, they were the same goods that America had been providing all along: grain and fuel, primarily coal. While western Europe had endless reserves of coal, the mines in Germany had been so damaged that Europe suffered from severe coal shortages for the first few years after the war. Ever since the end of the nineteenth century, the problem of what to do with Intro - UTFO - Lethal surplus of consumption goods has been latent in industrial society.
The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another.
But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to Burning The Midnight Oil - Textures - Dualism the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs.
Like Molotov in the late s, Varga was about to fall out of favor. Central to the idea of European reunification and recovery post WW2 is the possibility — thwarted for many decades — of German reunification. Some decades later than predicted by Stalin-era economists, sure, and more like cancer than the instant car crash they predicted. We can hazard to guess that the earlys nuclear war was a later addition. Your email is never published nor shared.
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