Tom Slater Tom Slater

Object lesson | 6 September 2018

Ian Hislop’s potted history of dissidence shows the impulse to do a two-fingered salute is universal

‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,’ wrote George Orwell in his preface to Animal Farm.

It is a line that has gone down as one of the great capsule defences of dissent, made all the more prescient by the fact that the preface, an attack on the self-censorship of the British media during the second world war, wasn’t published until the 1970s.

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