Friday, April 18, 2008

Orwell on Why it is Easier to Attack Wealthy Entertainers Than the Actual Ruling Class

Even if his (P G Wodehouse) income touches £350,000 a year (£11 to £40 million in today's terms) he has only the outward semblance of a millionaire. He is a lucky outsider who has fluked into a fortune -- usually a very temporary fortune -- like the winner of the Calcutta Derby Sweep. Consequently, Wodehouse's indiscretion gave a good propaganda opening. It was a chance to "expose" a wealthy parasite without drawing attention to any of the parasites who really mattered.

George Orwell in his defense of P G Wodehouse

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