(Notes taken from Animal farm – Richard I Symer)
pg 11 – The preface reveals two guiding impulses behind the fable. THe more fully stated motive is active and aggressive – to destroy Westerners’ illusions about the Soviet Union (Joseph Stalin) by exposing the falsity of claims that the Soviet Union was a socialist and therefore progressive society
pg 11 – Here it should be pointed out that Marxist-Leninist view of contemporary revolutionary history, the term socialism refers to the penultimate stage of human progress, a period of sociopolitical reorganization and re-education following the collapse of capitalism and bourgeois democracy and preceding the establishment of a full-fledged and permanent communist society.
pg 11 – The only promise that true socialism is permitted to make is to improve society by righting “economic injustice”