Animal Farm 1.14: That's All, Folks
|Dsytopian Literature||Animal Farm|
This chapter finalizes the transformation of the pigs into human wannabes. [Pig transforms into a human]
They’re all wearing clothes, walking on two legs, reading magazines, and getting drunk…
The rest of the animals can't even tell the pigs apart from the humans anymore.
Seriously, those pigs are just as hooked on Starbucks as the rest of us… [Man with pig head holding two cups of starbucks]
So, what has the revolution created? Is it really a communist economic system?
Is it a capitalist one? Something else entirely?
Well, you could call it a hybrid.
But not like the good-for-the-environmet kind. [BMW hybrid car]
In communism, the state owns the land and the means of production.
At Animal Farm? Eh…not so much. By the end, the pigs own the title deeds, meaning they
own the farm. That’s capitalism.
In communism, the decisions are made by the population. That flew down the lane with Snowball [People holding up a decision box together]
way back in the early days.
Now all the decisions are made by Napoleon. That’s totalitarianism.
In communism, everybody is equal.
But a quick look at the pigs' Commandments… “Some animals are more equal than others.”? [Animals looking at the 7 commandments]
Yeah, if we know anything, it’s that that's definitely not the ideal of communism.
Is there anything communist about Animal Farm? Well, maybe one thing: a lack of individualism. [Herd of sheep running away]
The individual takes a back seat to the communal good.
But the distinction stops there. In communism, the folks are still supposed to have a say,
to be able to make collective decisions…
As in, the way it started out at Animal Farm.
But that participation in self-government was gradually eroded and finally eliminated [Napoleon appears on a farm]
by Napoleon and his reign of terror.
Turns out the political/economic system at Animal Farm is just a combo of capitalism
and totalitarianism with a pinch of communism, all served up on a phony baloney propaganda platter.
The revolution didn’t create a society of equals, as Old Major and Karl Marx envisioned. [Old Major and Karl Max at sugarcandy mountain]
It just changed oppressors.
Ah, the ol’ super-depressing historically-recurring switcheroo. Always a classic.