What Would George Say Now?

George Orwell has been dead for more than 50 years, but his work and ideas continue to reverberate in political debates on both the right and the left. With the centenary of Orwell's birth this month, we asked several experts to explain his enduring significance.

Scott Lucas, a professor of American studies at the University of Birmingham, in England, and author of George Orwell and the Betrayal of Dissent (Pluto Press, forthcoming):

I'm very sympathetic to the viewpoint that