Shortly after Old Manor's death, an opportunity arises for an uprising by the animals to drive Mr. and Mrs. Jones from the farm. At this point the animals celebrate their new freedom, and the pigs take over the 'intellectual' leadership of the commune. The animals all agree upon and are guided by these seven principles:
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
- No animal shall wear clothes.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed.
- No animal shall drink alcohol.
- No animal shall kill any other animal.
- All animals are equal.
As the story progresses, the pigs assume more and more power using manipulation and historical revisionism, as well as the ignorances of the masses to get their way. Eventually all of the guiding principles are either erased completely or changed to fit the desires of the pigs, as the pigs become more and more like their previous tormentors - the dreaded human beings. For example, notice these changes:
- No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets. (after the pigs take over the farm house and begin using the beds)
- No animal shall drink alcohol to excess. (yet the pigs are often seen drinking to excess with their wild parties that keep them in bed until late the next day)
- No animal shall kill any other animal without cause. (Whenever it became politically necessary to do away with any of the other animals, this became their justification).
Ominously, the book ends with the line, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
Orwell was clearly no fan of communism, or more specifically of Stalin. As a philosopher, political theorist, and author, he wrote Animal Farm and 1984 to both expose Stalin and warn the world of what would come under communist oppression. He saw the threat and opposed it.
Today there is a clear and present threat to the future welfare of America and the world - The expansion of Islam. Yet, instead of heroes like Orwell rising up to raise an alarm, it seems Hollywood and mainstream authors today are not only giving a pass to this threat, but instead they increasingly villianize America, democracy, capitalism, and freedom.
Will a George Orwell arise in our generation? I hope so.