Orwell on Football

This is a 1984 quote about the proles. It is a fictional world.. isn’t it?
A little more context from the book may help: “Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. A few agents of the Thought Police moved always among them, spreading false rumours and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous; but no attempt was made to indoctrinate them with the ideology of the Party.”

2 thoughts on “Orwell on Football

  1. Well I must admit to enjoying beer. Placating the citizens with “bread and circuses” is the important part. I love to pick on football but I have my vices too. The difference, I hope, is that I’m (we’re) politically engaged and not just passively accepting the status quo.

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