George Orwell was a well-known socialist of the old school. He honestly valued liberty, but believed that socialism was the best means of providing it. It should be clear that I disagree with this, but I respect his candor and his generally good B.S. filter. (See: Politics and the English Language.) In a journal entry published by The Orwell Diaries project, he unwittingly makes a good point about why his belief in the power of the government to run the economy was misguided. I wish he had followed the logic through to the end.