Michiko Kakutani On Richard Posner’s Animal Farm:
Many of Judge Posnerâ€™s arguments in this book are riddled with self-serving contradictions. While he declares that â€œthe Bill of Rights should not be interpreted so broadly that any measure that does not strike the judiciary as a sound response to terrorism is deemed unconstitutional,â€ he also argues that â€œa constitutional right should be modified when changed circumstances indicate that the right no longer strikes a sensible balance between competing constitutional values, such as personal liberty and public safety.â€
In another chapter, which discusses warrantless eavesdropping by the N.S.A., Judge Posner shrugs off the concern that government scrutiny of private communications could lead to embarrassment, intimidation or blackmail of the administrationâ€™s opponents. While he acknowledges that â€œsuch things have happened in the past,â€ he says that â€œthey are less likely to happen todayâ€ because factors like â€œthe growth of a culture of leaking and whistle-blowingâ€ and â€œmore numerous and competitive mediaâ€ have converged â€œto make American government a fishbowl,â€ and â€œsecrets concerning matters that interest the public cannot be kept for long.â€
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.
But when Muriel reads the writing on the barn wall to Clover, interestingly, the words are, “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.“
At the foot of the end wall of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written, there lay a ladder broken in two pieces. Squealer, temporarily stunned, was sprawling beside it, and near at hand there lay a lantern, a paint-brush, and an overturned pot of white paint.
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.
(Image from jimconte.com)
(Added): Apparently, in addition to being Talk Like A Pirate Day, yesterday was also Orwell Day. Who knew?)