Orwell Lecture 2010: Ferdinand Mount – Orwell and the Oligarchs


  • Ferdinand Mount (author, novelist, former head of the policy unit at 10 Downing Street and former judge of the Orwell Prize)


Orwell and the Oligarchs: Back in 1946 George Orwell wrote that the general drift was towards oligarchy. We like to think that, on the contrary, modern society has been stumbling in the general direction of democracy and the wider spread of ownership, control and income. Recent events suggest that Orwell had a point and that power and reward these days are more not less concentrated in the hands of the few, not the many. We have, it seems, bred our own oligarchs. What’s the remedy?



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