‘Are Rats comrades?’ The vote was taken at once, and it was agreed by an overwhelming majority that rats were comrades. There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides
– Animal Farm, George Orwell.
Having recently re-read Animal Farm I think this is my favourite paragraph. Clearly Mr. Orwell knows something of the feline nature. Although, the cat, in the story is only ever mentioned once more throughout the rest of the story (Shirking work along with Mollie). And while most of the other animals are regarded as being based on a real life personas, Stalin, Trotsky, Vychacheslav Molotov etc. I think the cat was just being a cat.
I must say Animal Farm (like Orwells other works) is not a feel good read. The death of Boxer, makes me especially sad.
While bandied by a fair number as a treatise that eviscerates communism (and apparently socialism) I remain less convinced. I think all -isms tend to be at the mercy of its adherents. Except for my own personal brand of Joeyism of course, which is beyond reproach.
In any event. Here is another Orwell quote I like
‘If Liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear’.
Which seems like a better way to end things.