It will never be possible to get a completely accurate and unbiased account of the Barcelona fighting, because the necessary records do not exist. Future historians will have nothing to go upon except a mass of accusations and party propaganda. I myself have little data beyond what I saw with my own eyes and what I have learned from other eye-witnesses whom I believe to be reliable . . .
This kind of thing is frightening to me, because it often gives me the feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. After all, the chances are that those lies, or at any rate similar lies, will pass into history . . . The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such, “It never happened” — well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five — well, two and two are five.
- George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, quoted in Why Orwell Matters, by Christopher Hitchens
"Power is not a means; it is an end.
"… The object of power is power."
- George Orwell, 1984
Future historians will have nothing to go upon except a mass of accusations and party propaganda.
- George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia