Podcast: Orwell and the crisis in Burma

Burmese Days

In Episode 191 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg┬árevisits George Orwell’s first novel, Burmese Days (1935), to see if it offers any insight into the current crisis in Burma. The novel is actually problematic in its portrayal of the Burmese, but Orwell’s anti-colonialist views are better articulated in his┬álittle-known 1929 essay “How a Nation is Exploited:┬áThe British Empire in Burma.” Ironically, the factors he identified┬áas necessitating “despotic” rule by the British in Burma still mandate dictatorial methods┬áby the regime┬átodayÔÇösuch as the imperative to pacify “frontier areas” where indigenous peoples wage pro-autonomy insurgencies.┬áListen on SoundCloud or via Patreon.

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