So @krystalball took another crack at Animal Farm analysis, and it didn't go much better than the last time.—
Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 06, 2014
A few days ago, MSNBC host Krystal Ball claimed that George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is now a political parable warning of the dangers of capitalism.
Today, Ball defended herself against conservatives who “lost their minds over that”:
Here’s video of Ball’s explanation followed by a partial transcript:
“I know that Orwell’s novel was an allegory of Soviet communism. But to fixate on ‘Snowball is Trotsky’ and ‘Napoleon is Stalin’ is to miss the real profundity of the story. At its heart Animal Farm is about tyranny and the likelihood of those in power to abuse that power. It’s quite clear that tendency is not only found in the Soviet communist experience. In fact, if you read Animal Farm today it seems to warn not of some now non-existent communist threat, but of the power concentrated in the hands of the wealthy elites and corporations.”
Ball went on to describe which of Orwell’s characters were like Mitt Romney and Karl Rove, and to say that the pigs sound as if they believe in trickle-down economics.
Many just aren’t buying it:
"The pigs cast themselves as Mitt Romney-style makers” — Krystal Ball re: “Animal Farm” is about capitalism.—
T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) May 06, 2014
Krystal Ball is doubling down on her claim Animal Farm is also a parable out the free market.—
Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) May 06, 2014
Hopefully coming soon:
Oh please let that happen!