George Orwell’s book 1984 — written in 1948 and often cited in relation to what we have now (not only in Jacindaland) — was a thinly disguised portrayal of Stalinist totalitarianism.

1953 was the year Stalin died; in 1956 came the official denouncement of Stalin as a paranoid and sociopathic tyrant. In numbers of deaths, not just during the great purge of the 1930s, but the deliberate starvation of Ukrainians that decade and the many millions he banished to gulags, he was the worst mass murderer in history, well exceeding Hitler.