Did you ever read the book, ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell? “The novel addresses not only the corruption of the revolution by its leaders, but also the ways wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed, and myopia corrupt the revolution. It portrays corrupt leadership as the flaw in revolution, rather than the act of revolution itself. It also shows how potential ignorance and indifference to problems within a revolution could allow horrors to happen if a smooth transition to a people’s government is not achieved,” according to Wikipedia. Perhaps the most telling line in the book was, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. As a historical nod to post World War II Europe and Russia, Orwell was disgusted by the alliance between Britain, the US and the new Soviet Union. Even worse, was his dislike for Stalin, whose power only grew stronger as a result of the successes in the War. A commentary on socialism/communism, Orwell’s allegorical novel clearly paints a picture of mistrust, misuse of power and lack of leadership in a post-Lenin world.
If you’ve never read the book, it’s a true classic in American literature. Orwell actually wrote the book during World War II–from November 1943 through February 1944. It’s not a particularly long book, but it’s packed with innuendos, suggestions, thought provoking idealisms and down right attacks on a post World War II society. NOW, why on the face of a beautiful earth, would we bring up such an ‘ancient’ piece of literature? It seems that regardless of what side of the aisle you prefer, there are leaders who are trumpeting that everyone is equal but some are more equal than others. Take for example health care. . .Congress passed the mammoth bill–over 1200 pages–but opts out for itself and governmental employees. How convenient–but we are all equal. Of course, the other key component in any society based on equality is that laws are passed for the people but not for government. Agencies in government run unchecked, uninhibited and completely funded to do what ever they wish to whomever they wish…but government is immune to such ‘oversight’.
So it seems that art imitates life or was it life imitating art? Hmmm, well, at least we found a nice wine to discuss matters of literature this evening. Among our finds recently at Central Market South in Austin is this 2011 Reds a blended red wine that promotes itself as being “For The People”! With a name like ‘Reds’ and a tag line like you’ve just read, there must be some substance to this wine. . .Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah from pioneer vineyards in the heartland of California. We noticed a lot of dark fruit on the nose and front palate. There were hints of pepper, coriander and spice that came through on the finish after it had been opened for about 45 minutes. This is a young wine but full of flavor and well worth the $11 a bottle price. Here, once again, is a great example of wine with a great body, taste and structure for a price that leaves you speechless. Good wines at prices that won’t break the bank are becoming the rage–threatening higher priced lower quality wines–but only a few have jumped on the bandwagon.
Depending on where you live, Animal Farm may be happening before your very eyes. . .state, county, local. . .all jurisdictions that tax and collect to fund their operations but without much oversight. Over time, they may come to be viewed as Snowball and Napoleon–who felt the need to prepare for the revolution–but ultimately use their power to secure more power for themselves and less for the people. (pigs.) We hope you’ll try Reds. . .the 2011 version is ready to enjoy today. Thanks for reading and remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.