George Orwell quote about slavery from 1984 - The inhabitants of these areas, reduced more or less openly to the status of slaves, pass continually from conqueror to conqueror
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The inhabitants of these areas, reduced more or less openly to the status of slaves, pass continually from conqueror to conqueror
 George Orwell, 1984 (1949). copy citation

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Author George Orwell
Source 1984
Topic slavery control
Date 1949
Language English
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Weblink http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100021.txt

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“Whichever power controls equatorial Africa, or the countries of the Middle East, or Southern India,or the Indonesian Archipelago, disposes also of the bodies of scores or hundreds of millions of ill-paid and hard-working coolies. The inhabitants of these areas, reduced more or less openly to the status of slaves, pass continually from conqueror to conqueror, and are expended like so much coal or oil in the race to turn out more armaments, to capture more territory, to control more labour power, to turn out more armaments, to capture more territory, and so on indefinitely. It should be noted that the fighting never really moves beyond the edges of the disputed areas. The frontiers of Eurasia flow back and forth between the basin of the Congo and the northern shore of the Mediterranean; the islands of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific are constantly being captured and recaptured by Oceania or by Eastasia; in Mongolia the dividing line between Eurasia and Eastasia is never stable; round the Pole all three powers lay claim to enormous territories which in fact arelargely unihabited and unexplored: but the balance of power always remains roughly even, and the territory which forms the heartland of each super-state always remains inviolate.” source

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