Orwellian Islamist Tariq Ramadan Delivers Annual George Orwell Lecture


The George Orwell Memorial Fund appears to have missed the point of the Orwell lecture. It’s not supposed to be a lecture by someone who embodies Orwellian societies.

But nonetheless the George Orwell Annual Lecture was given by Tariq Ramadan, a Muslim Brotherhood Islamist stooge who misrepresents his affiliations, on a properly Orwellian topic.  ‘Democratising the Middle East: A New Role for the West’

When Tariq Ramadan talks about “democratizing”, he really means allowing a fundamentally undemocratic Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, to take over, in pursuit of its agenda of Islamizing, not Democratizing, the Middle East.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a totalitarian organization dedicated to taking away everyone’s civil rights while manipulating language. Its self-description as the Freedom and Justice Party turns out to mean slavery and injustice.

That’s certainly what we think of as Orwellian.

So the George Orwell Annual Lecture presented a properly Orwellian lecture while being too stupid to realize what it was doing, thereby proving that Orwell really is dead.

The “popularization” of George Orwell by college students helps lead to an absurd situation in which everyone completely misses the point. And that leads to an event like this coming to you in 2014

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Inaugural George Orwell Lecture in Dubai. This event is staged in association with the Orwell Trust

Gavin Esler delivers the inaugural Orwell Lecture at Emirates Litfest. And he points out that The Ministry of Truth, depicted in Orwell’s iconic novel, 1984, was mostly dedicated not to rewriting the past, but to producing dim-witted but catchy pop songs, idiotic TV programmes and newspapers obsessed with crime, sport and sex. Did George Orwell really see into the 21st century world of the X-Factor, tabloid newspapers and Wayne Rooney?

And so we have it.

An employee of a national news outlet which everyone must support by law will deliver a lecture in a totalitarian Islamist state that argues that George Orwell wasn’t writing about totalitarianism… but about catchy pop songs.

It’s so brilliantly evocative of the manipulation of ideas that Orwell was against. And it’s being done in his name. Islamists are using Orwell to promote the Islamization of Europe.

(Note to readers, Islamist does not refer to a separate branch of Islam, as some seem to think, it refers to organized Islamic political groups and individuals who promote Islamization.)

  • Veracious_one

    Tariq Ramadan is free to come to the U.S. thanks to Obama lifting the ban that prohibited his travel to the U.S…….more proof that Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood and all things Islamic…

    • Daniel Greenfield


      At least Bush kept him out.

  • Veracious_one

    here’s what happens to a speaker who shows up that the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t want to be allowed to speak….

  • Cat’s Meow

    Big Muslim Brotherhood is watching you.

    • defcon 4

      I remember reading about an Islamic “Observatory” that kept records on those who criticise islam. I think it was associated w/the OIC.

      • john spielman

        I hope I ‘m on the list of the Islamic Observatory of those who despise Islam, that Satanic evil misogynistic religion brought to us by that demon possessed mass murderer liar thief pedophile and pseudoprophet Muhammed.

  • DogmaelJones1

    “Note to readers, Islamist does not refer to a separate branch of Islam, as some seem to think, it refers to organized Islamic political groups and individuals who promote Islamization.)” It’s such a relief to read a writer who makes no distinction between the various Islamic entities. If the Koran means anything at all, it means the Islamization of everyone, everywhere, forever and ever. I’m sure that were
    Orwell alive in the audience, he might have tried to correct Ramadan, but have
    been booed and hissed into silence by the speaker’s papered hall, or dismissed
    by the moderator as a “trouble maker.” Orwell was a brilliant man, but the heirs of his name are not so brilliant. Yes, they miss the point entirely. More’s the pity.

  • edlancey

    Gavin Esler is an arsehole as well.

  • herb benty

    Islamic deception attacking what Orwell warned about. Covering all the bases, just like Obama and the Dems did to America. Wow these people are a real piece of work, and out in the open!