Orwell and his warnings are worthy.
Orwell was a great writer, but he knew crap about linguistics. His “Politics and the English Language” is just wrong.
Anyone who complains that in bad writing “the passive voice is wherever possible used in preference to the active” and then goes on to use the passive voice in twice as many clauses than the average has no business opining on proper English.
(Typically in edited prose, around 10% of the clauses are passive. In Orwell’s “Politics,” it’s 20%.)
I was not referring to the whole corpus of Orwell’s linguistic writing about which I know nothing. and Dave, your note is very enlightening.. But rather this:
Orwell wrote that modern political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable”
“Rendition” is one of those pieces of obfuscation. As is “enhanced interrogation techniques”.