In 1946, right after publishing Animal Farm and right before he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell wrote a hitherto unknown manifesto, calling for a new, socialist human rights organization. The aim of this organization was to have been twofold: to lobby internationally for the free exchange of news and views across the East-West divide, and to oppose exploitation of every kind, in every country. Hoping to halt or mitigate the looming Cold War, Orwell and his co-signatories, Bertrand Russell and Arthur Koestler, urged what Orwell called "psychological disarmament."
Though the new organization was never built, Orwell's manifesto remains enduringly relevant -- and this reading will be the first public event to discuss it publicly. The author and speaker, David Smith, discovered the manifesto in an obscure archive while research George Orwell Illustrated (Haymarket, 2018, forthcoming). Orwell's devotion to truth telling has never been more relevant, and his manifesto makes that clearer than ever.