Marrakech, by George Orwell

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George Orwell was always ahead of the curve when predicting the future course of the twentieth century – not only in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, but also in this brief but chilling look at French colonialism in Morocco, and the hell on earth it both created and helped to perpetuate. He published this essay in 1939 after spending several months in Marrakech to recover from the throat wounds he received in the Spanish Civil War.

But there is one thought which every white man (and in this connection  it doesn’t matter twopence if he calls himself a Socialist) thinks when he sees a black army marching past. “How much longer can we go on kidding these people? How long before they tum their guns in the other direction?”

Marrakech, by George Orwell {15:32}

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