George Orwell quote about religion from The Road to Wigan Pier - As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
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As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
 George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937). copy citation

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Author George Orwell
Source The Road to Wigan Pier
Topic religion socialism activism
Date 1937
Language English
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Weblink http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200391.txt

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“Question a person of this type, and you will often get the semi-frivolous answer: 'I don't object to Socialism, but I do object to Socialists.' Logically it is a poor argument, but it carries weight with many people. As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
The first thing that must strike any outside observer is that Socialism in its developed form is a theory confined entirely to the middle class. The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous voice.” source

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