Based upon Animal Farm, what deductions can a reader make about the kind of political system of which Orwell would approve?Whay kind of system did he approve and why?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that the type of system that Orwell would embrace is predicated upon a legitimate and authentic expression of human freedom.  The manipulation of individual liberty and freedom on the farm probably represents the opposite of what Orwell believes is a valid political system.  I think that he would probably reject governments that seek to provide "the noble lie" or "happy ending" to its citizens.  In embracing an anti- comedic vision, Orwell might be asserting that human freedom and activity is messy and complex, oftentimes fraught with frustration and lack of coherency.  Yet, this is much more desirable than the political structures that seek to bring a tidy and neat package to the people.  A vision where a nation of Boxers are convinced that they need to work harder, while actually being sent off to the glue factory without actually knowing it.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This is a great question! Based solely on the novel, I believe Orwell would like to see a society in which people are treated fairly, rules are orderly and applied, and leaders are held accountable for their actions.

After reading about Orwell, it is known that he supported the idea of socialism, but socialism only works when everyone buys in.

Satire and allegory are done on purpose to exaggerate problems. He demonstrates the problems of the dictator, the unknowing people, the power of propaganda, and the mistreatment of people. I think Orwell would want to see all of the opposites: humble leadership, a honestly informed society, and human rights.

Except for capitalism, every once in a while we see this type of society in America depending on our president.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You would have to say that Orwell would clearly not approve of anything that resembles what Napoleon has done.

I think that Orwell clearly does not approve of a system where the government lies to the people.  He also does not approve of a system where the rulers keep privileges for themselves and deny them to the regular people.  He does not approve of autocracy where they leader rules by decree instead of through democracy (like the animals first did).

It seems to me that he would like a system where decisions are made democratically.  But he would want to make sure that the system treated all the people equally and gave the people material comfort and security -- things like pensions.

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