Animal Farm is so very relevant today

I just finished rereading Animal Farm, the first time in over a couple of decades. All the time I was reading this great work I was continuously surprised by parallels between the fictional world created by George Orwell more than 70 years ago and conditions today in so many countries. There are also warning signs that these conditions could be created here. 

Animal Farm was written as a warning against the totalitarianism that had spread through many nations in the 1930s and 1940s.  Unfortunately so many have ignored the warnings and so many are keen to implement the policies that have time and again led to the totalitarianism Orwell warned against.

This quote from the pig Old Major in Chapter 1 is so reminiscent of the rhetoric used by Karl Marx and other socialists who sought to overthrow capitalism.  The rhetoric is eerily similar to that used by Bernie Sanders,  Elizabeth Warren, and the rest of the Democratic presidential candidates.

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself. Our labour tills the soil, our dung fertilises it, and yet there is not one of us that owns more than his bare skin.

Despite the promises of a more equal and just society made before, during, and after the revolutions that overthrow democratically elected free market societies, a cabal of elites always end up taking over and demanding special treatment, at the expense of the majority.  This is captured in this quote in Chapter 3 by Squealer, who is responding to complaints about the ruling pigs alone getting all of the milk and apples while everyone else is nearly starving..

“Comrades!” he cried. “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples.

This point is reiterated in Chapter 5

Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

In a socialist nation laws and Constitutions are changed at a whim. Democrats have done that quite often here such as this notion of our Constitution being a living document. Here is a quote from Chapter 6.

Afterwards Squealer made a round of the farm and set the animals’ minds at rest. He assured them that the resolution against engaging in trade and using money had never been passed, or even suggested. It was pure imagination, probably traceable in the beginning to lies circulated by Snowball. A few animals still felt faintly doubtful, but Squealer asked them shrewdly, “Are you certain that this is not something that you have dreamed, comrades? Have you any record of such a resolution? Is it written down anywhere?” And since it was certainly true that nothing of the kind existed in writing, the animals were satisfied that they had been mistaken.

Straw men are constantly used by leftists regimes to justify abuses.  This took place in Chapter 7.

Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball. If a window was broken or a drain was blocked up, someone was certain to say that Snowball had come in the night and done it, and when the key of the store-shed was lost, the whole farm was convinced that Snowball had thrown it down the well. Curiously enough, they went on believing this even after the mislaid key was found under a sack of meal.

The real turning point of the novel is when nine puppies are taken from their parents and educated by the ruling elite.  These dogs were turned into a secret police and became the most ardent supporters of the ruling elite.   This has taken place over and over again in totalitarian nations and this is the type brainwashing of the youth that has been happening here on college campuses for decades and is now taking place in grade and high schools.  The dogs committed atrocities that are chronicled in the next two quotes, also from Chapter 7.  All those killed were innocent but that did not stop the indoctrinated dogs.

And so the tale of confessions and executions went on, until there was a pile of corpses lying before Napoleon’s feet and the air was heavy with the smell of blood, which had been unknown there since the expulsion of Jones.

When it was all over, the remaining animals, except for the pigs and dogs, crept away in a body. They were shaken and miserable. They did not know which was more shocking–the treachery of the animals who had leagued themselves with Snowball, or the cruel retribution they had just witnessed. In the old days there had often been scenes of bloodshed equally terrible, but it seemed to all of them that it was far worse now that it was happening among themselves. Since Jones had left the farm, until today, no animal had killed another animal.

Purges such as this are always the end result when the policies advocated by Warren and Sanders are implemented. It is just a matter of time.

This quote from Chapter 8 is a dire warning against the notion of a living Constitution.

A few days later, when the terror caused by the executions had died down, some of the animals remembered–or thought they remembered–that the Sixth Commandment decreed “No animal shall kill any other animal.” And though no one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs, it was felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this. Clover asked Benjamin to read her the Sixth Commandment, and when Benjamin, as usual, said that he refused to meddle in such matters, she fetched Muriel. Muriel read the Commandment for her. It ran: “No animal shall kill any other animal WITHOUT CAUSE.” Somehow or other, the last two words had slipped out of the animals’ memory. But they saw now that the Commandment had not been violated; for clearly there was good reason for killing the traitors who had leagued themselves with Snowball.

All quotes are copied from the Animal Farm Wikiquote page because I am a lousy typist.

Sable/Gerbl Face to Face Schedule Update Umpire crews added

Yes I’m running yet ANOTHER Dynasty baseball league, this one face to face staring Oct 19th in Fitchburg at Zeda’s Pizza. Games are scheduled for 1 pm and visitors and folks interesting in learning the game are more than welcome to show up. Here is the schedule.

And Yes I KNOW there are a lot of things going on with the Bs impeachment stuff and North Korea and Hong Kong and the Democrats and elections and the Vatican and even demons etc etc etc, but there is more to life than that stuff and I intend to enjoy it.

All Series are three games Night Night Day

April

Wk 1

Sea (Patrick) at NYY (Sherwoood)  Ump A a-c
StL (Alvin) at SD (Mike M)  Ump B a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at Mets (Elliot Gionet)  Ump C a-c
TB (Kennedy) at Washington (Peter) Ump D a-c

Wk 2

NYY (Sherwoood) at SF (M Gionet) F  a-c
Washington (Peter) at Seattle (Patrick)  D d-b
SD (Mike M) at TB (Mike K) E a-c
Mets (E Gionet) at StL (Alvin) C d-b

one day rest

Wk 3

Sea (Patrick) at Mets (E Gionet) D c-a
StL (Alvin) at Washington (Peter) C c-a
SF (Mark Gionet) at SD (Mike M) F d-b
TB (Kennedy) at NYY (Sherwood) E d-b

May

Wk 4

NYY (Sherwoood) at StL (Alvin) G a-c
SD (Mike M) at Sea (Patrick) H a-c
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at TB (Mike K) E c-a
Washington (Peter) at SF (M Gionet) F c-a

one day rest

Wk 5

NYY (Sherwoood) at Mets (E Gionet) I a-c
Washington (Peter) at SD (Mike M) J a-c
SF (M Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) G d-b
TB (Mike K) at StL (Alvin) F b-d

Wk 6

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Washington (Peter)  I d-b
SD (Mike M) at NYY (Sherwood) J a-c
Sea (Patrick) at TB (Mike K) G c-a
StL (Alvin) at SF (M Gionet) K a-c

one day rest June  Wavers begin

Wk 7

Nets (Elliott Gionet) at SD (Mike M) K d-b
NYY (Sherwood) at Washington  (Peter) L a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at TB (Kennedy) M a-c
Sea (Patrick) at StL (Alvin) G c-a

Wk 8

SD (Mike M) at Washington (Peter)  N a-c
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at NYY (Sherwood)  O a-c
StL (Alvin) at TB (Kennedy)  P a-c
Sea (Patrick) at SF (Mark Gionet)  K c-a

One day rest

Wk 9

Washington (Peter) at Mets (Elliot Gionet)  O d-b
NYY (Sherwood) at SD (Mike M)  Q a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at StL (Alvin)  A d-b 
TB (Kennedy) at Sea (Patrick) N d-b

July

Wk 10

SD (Mike M) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) O c-a
Washington (Peter) at NYY (Sherwood) Q d-b 
TB (Kennedy) at SF (Mark Gionet)  B d-b 
StL (Alvin) at Sea (Patrick) C b-d  

3 days rest
———————————  All Star Game

Week 11

NYY (Sherwoood) at Sea (Patrick) D b-d  
SD (Mike M) at StL (Alvin) E b-d 
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at SF (Mark Gionet) F a-c 
Washington (Peter) at TB (Kennedy) G b-d 

Week 12

NYY (Sherwoood) at Mets (Elliot Gionet) E a-c
Sea (Patrick) at Washington (Peter) D a-c 
TB (Kennedy) at SD (Mike M) G a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at NYY (Sherwood) H d-b

1 day rest

Week 13

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) I c-a
SD (Mike M) at SF (Mark Gionet) J d-b
Washington (Peter) at StL (Alvin) D d-a
NYY (Sherwood) at TB (Kennedy) E d-b

Aug

Week 14

StL (Alvin) at NYY (Sherwoood) I b-d
SF (Mark Gionet) at Washington (Peter) E c-a
TB (Kennedy) at Mets (Elliot Gionet) K b-d
Sea (Patrick) at SD (Mike M) L d-b

1 day rest  

Week 15

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at NYY (Sherwoood) I a-c
SD (Mike M) at Washington (Peter) M d-b
Sea (Patrick) at SF (Mark Gionet) K a-c
StL (Alvin) at TB (Kennedy) N c-a

Wk 16

NYY (Sherwoood) at SD (Mike M) O b-d
TB (Kennedy) at Sea (Patrick) P d-b
SF (Mark Gionet) at StL (Alvin) K d-b
Washington (Peter) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) N b-d

1 day rest

Wk 17

TB (Kennedy) at SF (Mark Gionet) N a-c
SD (Mike M) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) O a-c
StL (Alvin) at Sea (Patrick) P c-a
Washington (Peter) at NYY (Sherwood) K c-a

Sept  Rosters expand waivers end

Week 18

NYY (Sherwood) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) Q c-a
Washington (Peter) at SD (Mike M) A c-a
SF (Mark Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) K b-d
TB (Kennedy) at StL (Alvin) N d-b

1 day rest

Week 19

SD (Mike M) at NYY (Sherwood) B c-a
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Washington (Peter) C a-c
StL (Alvin) at SF (Mark Gionet)  k a-c
Sea (Patrick) at TB (Kennedy) N c-a

Week 20

Mets (Elliott Gionet) at SD (Mike M) D c-a
NYY (Sherwood) at Washington (Peter) E b-d
SF (Mark Gionet) at TB (Kennedy) N b-d
Sea (Patrick) at StL (Alvin) B c-d

two days rest

NOTE:  Any Divisional or playoff tiebreaker is played on the 1st day unless there is a make-up game scheduled on that day that could affect the playoff picture.  In that case said makeup game is played on day one as a day game and any tiebreaker is played on day two also as a day game.

October Playoffs begin  

Wild Card Single Game (Night) 

Non Division winner with 3rd best record @ Non Division winner with 2nd best record  F  a

One day rest

Best of five series

Wild card winner @  Division champion with best record (2) Day / Night G b-c

Non Division winner with best record @ Division Champion with worst record (2) (night / Day) H c-d

day rest

Division champion with best Record @ Wild card winner (2) night / day G d-a

Division champion with worst record @ Non division winner with best record (2)  (day / Night) H a-b

day rest

If necessary

Wild card winner @  Division champion with best record  Day G b

Non Division winner with best record @ Division Champion with worst record (night) H c

Any playoff day game 4 or 5 automatically becomes a night game if it is the only series still in progress.

two days rest

World Series best of seven

Team 2 at team 1 (2 games) I d-a

travel day

team 1 at team 2 (3 games) I b-d

travel day

team 2 at team 1 (2 games) I a-b

If one or more division winners make it to the world series the surviving division winner with the best regular season record is team 1

If no division winner makes it to the world series the team that played the Division winner with the worst record in the previous round is team 1

Rainout rules.

A Rainout in game one of a series is played as a day/night double header in game 2. (day game)

A Rainout in game 2 is replayed as a day / night double headers on day 3 (Night game)

If there is an off day after game 3 a rainout on day three is played on the travel day. (Day game) This is ALWAYS the 1st choice

If there is no travel day after the series and there is another series between the same teams at the same location then the game will be made up as a day-night double header during 1st game of the next series at that location (Day game)

If there is no travel day after the series and there is

  • 1. another series between the same teams at a different location
  • AND
  • 2.. there is a travel day before or after that series

Then this game is played on that travel day It is a night game if played before the series and a day game if played after.

If there is no travel day after the series and

  • There are no further games between the opponents
  • OR
  • There is a series at a different location
  • AND
  • There is no travel day before or after that series

The game is made up at the 1st open day where neither team has no game scheduled. The game is a day game as it’s assumed at least one team will need to travel to the location of the game and one or both teams may need to travel to the location of their next game.

In all cases but the final one the game can be either played at once or during a regularly scheduled series with the opponent. If this final situation is the case and the players are playing on an off day when they are scheduled to play different opponents that week the players should do one of these three things:

  1. Once they finish their games with their scheduled opponents stay and stay and play the make up game,
  2. Arrive at Zeda an hour or so early and play the make up game then play their scheduled opponent at the normal time. If both the players and the scheduled opponents can stay late then the make up game can start at the normal time.
  3. Find a mutually agreeable time during the two week span between the scheduled series to play the game either at Zedas or at That’s Entertainment or at either players house.

Rainouts during the playoffs

A rainout on the tiebreaker is played the next day.

A rainout during the 1st two games of a playoff series is played on the travel day. It is a day game.

A rainout during the next two games of a playoff series is played on the travel day if necessary if game 3 is rained out and game four produces a winner then obviously game three does not have to be made up. it is a day game.

A rainout during game five of a playoff game is played on the 1st off day. It is a night game.

World Series Rainouts

A Rainout during game 1 or two is played on the travel day as a day game

A Rainout during games 3-5 is played on the travel game, it is a day game unless it is an elimination game, then it is a night game.

A rainout of games six or seven (or both) are played after day seven as night games.