‘The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.’

George Orwell 1903 – 1950

George Orwell 1903 – 1950. This quote is ‘attributed’ to George Orwell, a British writer and journalist who is best known for his novels 1984 and Animal Farm. But this quote is most likely NOT an Orwell one – eventhough it is widely accepted as his.

It is most likely that Orwell never wrote or spoke these words, even though they have a broadly Orwellian dystopian feel to them. It would appear that this quote was first written by a conservative writer in 2009, but has been almost universally misattributed to Orwell in the intervening 12 years.

The earliest record found found and apparently the original, was descovered in a column by the conservative writer Selwyn Duke, written in 2009.

So, who is Selwyn Duke?

Selwyn Duke is a conservative writer and commentator who has published articles on various topics such as politics, culture, religion, and science.

Duke is known for his traditionalist and sometimes controversial views on issues such as immigration, feminism, transgenderism, and vote fraud. He has written for several online and print outlets, such as The Hill, The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily, and American Thinker.

He also has a personal website where he posts his opinions and media appearances, and is active on X.

Selwyn Duke should not to be confused with George Orwell, a British author who wrote novels such as 1984 and Animal Farm. A quote that is often misattributed to Orwell actually originated from a 2009 opinion piece by Duke

George Orwell quote
‘The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.’ Attributed to Orwell – but likely not one of his quotes.

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