Orwell, the Anarchists, and the “Good War”

The politics of revolutionary pacifism, from World War II
to the War on Terror

The election of Trump and the worldwide rise of the alt-right made Nineteen Eighty-Four, once again, a bestseller. This talk explores the years that led up to the writing of Orwell’s classic, particularly his ideological clash with a group of British anarchist-pacifists during the Second World War—including a young biologist, poet, and novelist named Alex Comfort, later the author of another bestseller, The Joy of Sex. Laursen explores Orwell’s uneasy relationship with Comfort and the anarchist movement and highlights the urgency of their argument in our own era of perpetual “war on terror.”

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The politics of revolutionary pacifism, from World War II to the War on Terror
Eric Laursen