In One Eye

Sunday, June 08, 2003
As promised, here's an attempt at relating various characters in Orwell's Animal Farm to contemporary events and characters. (This lines up much better on a Macintosh than on a PC.)

Animal Farm Character

Soviet/Russian Model


Contemporary Model

Napoleon Josef Stalin Dictator of Animal Farm Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.
Snowball Leon Trotsky Brains of Animal Farm; deposed by Napoleon Al Gore
Boxer Proletariat Does all the work of Animal Farm, receives none of rewards Working people
Squealer Pravda Puts advantageous spin on all news of pigs Fox News, various talking heads of Bush Administration
Molly White Russians Wants to hold on to material goods Fat cats, various Bush Wall Street cronies
Pigs Politburo Make all decisions on Animal Farm--invariably to their advantage The Bush Administration, esp. Ashcroft, Cheney, Rumsfeld
Sheep Silent Majority Allow pigs to run Animal Farm without question The Booboisie
Chickens Rebels  Question authority of pigs--are executed for it Many Democrats, liberal bloggers, intellectuals, etc. 
Moses Rasputin, Russian Orthodox Church Distracts the animals attentions with hopes of eternal life Evangelicals, Ashcroft types
Frederick Hitler Ally who becomes enemy; is used to distract attention from horrors
of life on Animal Farm
Saddam Hussein

This is still a work in progress. I'll start to point out specific comparisons as events warrant.