bizarre comics and Orwellian misconceptions

Posted on: Thu, 09/22/2005 - 16:36 By: Tom Swiss

I'm just enough of a comics fan to get some laughs from the bizarre covers and outrageous outtakes at In their discussion of propaganda in comics, they linked to a contemporary bizarre right-wing comic:

It is the year 2021, tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It is up to an underground group of bio-mechanically enhanced conservatives led by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North to thwart Ambassador Usama Bin Laden's plans to nuke New York City ...And wake the world from an Orwellian nightmare of United Nations-dominated ultra-liberalism.

As wonderfully silly as the idea of a bunch of cybernetic right-wing nutjob pundits is, though, my favorite part of this is the typical conservative ignorance about George Orwell.

Orwell was a socialist, who fought in the Spanish Civil War against the right-wing Franco dictatorship. He'd want nothing to do with modern American right-wing nationalist bozos, and it amuses we greatly when they try to invoke him.

"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it." -- George Orwell