Originally Posted by Paul D
I got a question for you all. How do you feel that George Orwell was a democratic socialist?
I don't know how much of this to read into the story. In high school and college I was cautioned by every English teacher I had not to read too much of the author's personal life into the stories he/she writes, because they often have nothing to do with each other. I would *prefer* to hear or read commentary by the author himself before even attempting to find a parallel.
That said, assuming no such clarification was ever given by Orwell...
I would say that he likely saw a distinct difference between Goldstein's idea of Socialism and the party's idea of Socialism and that he does not agree with those (like General itt) who think that all socialism is the same, all is bad and all necessarily leads to totalitarianism.
Basically he views The Party through the eyes of Goldstein (ie it morphed into social-imperialism under Big Brother's watch).