In his novel 1984, George Orwell notes: “If there was hope, it must lie in the proles.” Orwell realized that the intellectuals, politicians, celebrities, journalists, and big businessmen are unlikely to move a finger for the cause of liberty and free speech. Since they benefit from their closeness to the political establishment and seldom suffer any oppression, they have little incentive to fight political oppression. For the elites, liberty and free speech are just talking points. It is the masses, the proles, who fight for these values.
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