The pigs. Orwell was writing an anti-communist parable and he made no secret of this primary theme upon publication or later,but we only learned after his death from his letters that he did in fact regard communism as fundamentally jewish,an outgrowth of their religious belief system and it's messianic emphasis of thier future as leaders of humanity. It wasn't just that Marx was jewish and the son of a rabbi; Orwell felt that communism had judaism at it's roots - and,as others have pointed out here,most of the high positions in Stalin's government in the 30's were jewish - Kaganovich and Litvinoff,for example. But one could list hundreds. And each of these figures was in turn surrounded by jewish commissars. Although it might be difficult to accept today - China,Cuba,etc. being before us a counter-examples - in the 30's communism in general and the Third International in particular wore a very jewish face. Thus references to the International as the equivilant of a judeo-bolshevik plan for world domination sounded ludicrous even by 1949 - the year of the Chinese revolution - and references of this nature from the 20's and 30's sound either antijewish or paranoid or both - or merely quaint. But at the time of the book's composition the concept had considerable validity. Today we may extrapolate certain assumptions about jewish power from this parable that appear valid with or without a communist-allegory interpretation. Assigning the pig as a symbol of judeo-bolshevik power was in this case an obvious swipe at jews,incidentally.
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