Time Essay: Peking Is Worth A Ballet

At this moment, in 1984, Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially, Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. —1984, George Orwell

THE scene in Peking's Great Hall of the People last week certainly had...

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