The Road to Wigan Pier - Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 13 Summary and Analysis

Part I presents factual information, and Chapters 8 through 12 present a critique of the Socialist paradigm obtaining, and an attempt to explain why "so many normal decent people are repelled by...Socialism" (p. 217). Chapter 13 examines the question of how Socialism should, or at least could, proceed. In order to defeat the specter of Fascism, Socialism must be made to appeal to many. Orwell argues that anyone who is opposed to poverty, tyranny, and war should be an adherent of Socialism, so long as they are not estranged by 'cranks' or strident ideology.

Those objecting to machine-society and 'progress' of this nature often object to Socialism because it promotes such advances. In effect, these people should be educated that these types of advances will happen in any economic system and that the only way to regulate the process for the benefit of all...

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