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Chris Hedges

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There seldom are trials for the poor. Instead, under threat of draconian sentences, they are forced to accept plea bargains. The system is a sham set up for elites with godlike powers who seek to advance themselves and their agendas at the expense of the downtrodden.

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Complex works of art lend themselves to multiple interpretations, especially where political matters are concerned. Late in 1946, American writer Dwight Macdonald asked George Orwell whether the book " 'Animal Farm' … meant that revolution always ended badly for the underdog, 'hence to hell with it and hail the status quo.' " In advance of the publication of a new collection of Orwell's letters, here is the author's response.

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