Did MSNBC’s Krystal Ball forget history, or never learn it?
Animal farm is a satiric, dystopian novel written in 1945 by George Orwell.
Straight from its own book jacket description, it is depicted as:
A fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters, it illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.
Yet despite being regarded as a cautionary tale against Stalinism, MSNBC’s Krystal Ball has her own interpretation. Watch in horror as she completely misconstrues the plot line and significance of George Orwell’s Animal Farm:
According to Krystal, Animal Farm is really a critique of capitalism and income inequality, rather than of Stalinism.
Krystal bemoans how:
Our economic policy used to reflect concerns over inequality. Thomas Piketty in his blockbuster book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” points out that the US was the pioneer in highly progressive taxation. In 1919, before any other nation, we ratcheted our top rate up to 70 percent, then progressively climbed up to a top rate of 94 percent in 1944. It was only in the Reagan era that these rates were brought crashing down under the bizarre and ultimately incorrect belief that doing so would increase growth.
For his trouble, Piketty has predictably gotten the full Cold War treatment. The National Review calls his book “soft Marxism” and Lord only knows what they’re saying over at less responsible outlets or (Ball shivers in horror) the comments section. Even the august and ostensibly economically literate Wall Street Journal tells him to read “Animal Farm.”
“Animal Farm,” hmmm — isn’t that Orwell’s political parable of farm animals where a bunch of pigs hog up all the economic resources, tell the other animals they need all the food because they’re the makers and then scare up the prospect of a phony bogeyman every time their greed is challenged? Sounds familiar. Hey conservatives — it’s time to stop the childish Cold War name calling and deal with facts. Either that or be relegated to the kids’ and the crazy uncle table at holiday dinners.
Has she even read the book? I am doubtful.
National Review online depicts a more accurate recap of Animal Farm:
Farm animals overthrow their farmer and declare “All animals are equal.” A group of pigs use equality politics to convince the more fruitful animals to work for the common good, so the pigs can revel in their riches. By story’s end, the pigs transformed into humans, and changed the farm’s charter to read: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.
But hey, in a world where people pick their preferred gender pro-nouns, if Krystal identifies the book as a critique on capitalism, that must be what it really is, right? I am pretty sure that’s how things work now days, at least according to liberals.
Next, she’ll be claiming the book is a lesson on how the animals needed to “Occupy the Farm,” and protest the selfish one precent-er pigs.
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