It was written in 1940 when Britain was at war with Nazi Germany. Orwell, a man of left-wing views, used the essay to reconcile his beliefs with the inevitable fact that he would have to defend a system of unfairness and patronage which he wanted to see the back of.
This model has been applied by many football fans who have, in the face of Orwell's troubled thoughts, a far less serious dilemma when their team finds itself under media scrutiny.
In short, this attitude is called, "my club right and wrong".
But should an outsider criticise their institution then get out your pitchforks and torches and drive the swine out of the village.
This applies to more or less every club in the land. Oh they will sneer at others who find themselves losing games or at the mercy of the bank manager.
However, should their own get beaten 5-0 or if the taxman wants to be paid, the syndromes of blind eye and chip-on-the-shoulder come to the fore whenever someone from the outside looking in shines a light on their troubles - even though it may benefit their club in the long-run.
We got a very good example of this on BBC Radio Scotland earlier this week.
Dave King had somehow been ruled as being "fit and proper" to be a director of a football club (Rangers) by the Scottish Football Association - an issue that has been discussed in detail in past blog entries on this site.
The Sportsound programme debated this decision that evening with journalists Tom English and Jim Spence questioning, as their trade entitles them to do, this call given King's rather dubious background and his criminal convictions handed down to him by the South African judicial system.
Cue former Rangers player John Brown (the not-so-handsome fellow in the above picture) to phone-in frothing at the mouth and ready to do his now-familiar party-piece of 'howling at the moon'.
Instead of discussing King's background in relation to him being put forward towards a position of considerable trust and responsibility like being a director of a football club, Brown decided to go for English and Spence.
Brown's version of rational discussion descended into a slanging match as he accused the two journalists of 'having a go' at King and poked fun about English in particular not 'doing much' to expose Craig Whyte who had overseen the final days of the old version of Rangers which resulted in its liquidation.
English may have been late to the party in exposing Whyte. But once his attention was drawn to how dodgy this man was, Brown conveniently forgets that the BBC reporter who was with the Scotland on Sunday at the time, did take aim and fire.
Spence also played his part and duly reminded Brown that for simply doing his job in reporting the whole Rangers affair in an accurate manner, he had received abuse and threats from supporters of the Glasgow club.
But Brown continued on with his ranting which had very little substance to it and, save for some comedic value for the open-jawed listener to the radio show, added nothing of note to the discussion.
Half-truths and rumour do not make you the voice of all authority. Sadly Brown has form for indulging in this.
He once insinuated that Hearts defender Craig Levein had shirked out of playing in the Edinburgh side's crunch match at Dundee (of whom Brown was playing for at the time) where a draw would have won the Jambos the title in 1986.
Levein actually had a gastric virus and was unable to leave the house let alone play football for 90 minutes.
Brown also once launched a tirade at Wallace Mercer who owned Hearts in the 1980s for cancelling his transfer from Dundee to the Jambos, again in 1986, down to welching on what the financial aspects of his contract would be.
It was cancelled because a knee ailment ensured that Brown failed a medical.
Nevertheless, Brown did receive acclaim on social media from Rangers fans for 'standing up to the journos'.
He had done no such thing only to confirm the opinion held by many others that he is a loudmouth who is only given the time of day by sections of the media because of his standing as a former professional footballer.
Brown's claim that the media 'did nothing' about Craig Whyte is absolute nonsense.
Some did fawn over Whyte when he arrived on the scene without making a quick call to Companies House to check on the file that they had on him regarding his credentials.
Had they done so, they would have found what BBC journalist Mark Daly dug up back in 2011.
So, having exposed this man as being a character who could put the financial health of Rangers football club at risk, how was Daly's scoop received? Here's an example: http://forum.rangersmedia.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=202228
Another came in the form of a Rangers supporters group calling themselves, Vanguard Bears, who accused BBC Scotland of performing "a hatchet job on Mr Whyte".
They would also stage a protest outside the Glasgow headquarters of BBC Scotland regarding the above documentary.
With Daly having let the genie out of the bottle, another journalist, Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News did some investigation of his own.
Not only to, like Daly, check on Craig Whyte's record, but also the club's battle with the taxman and how Rangers got themselves into the situation that they did.
Yet instead of fans rallying round to demand answers from Whyte and his predecessor David Murray, whose reckless borrowing and spending had brought the club to the edge of the cliff in the first place, they rounded on Thomson who was accused of 'having an agenda' against their club. Indeed, one (now no longer in the profession) journalist was alleged to have 'threatened' Thomson - simply for doing his job.
MacGiollabhain also put out two books. "Minority Report", which examines the status of Scotland's Irish community and "Downfall", which covered the Rangers fiasco. The journalist who edited both books, Angela Haggerty, was targeted by a campaign of abuse and threats of which a Rangers supporter, David Limond, served six months in prison for 'religiously motivated abuse' of her.
Paradoxically, those same supporters would happily see Craig Whyte tarred and feathered but also regard the journalists who exposed him as being worthy of the same treatment as by way of 'thanks'.
And in a further step into the 'bizarre', when Rangers were liquidated in the summer of 2012, the cry from many fans to the media was....
"WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS!!?"
Well they did, and as you can see, they were abused and threatened for their efforts.
Fast forward to 2015 and another character with a rather dubious history is at the helm at Ibrox.
Already Dave King has been exposed for saying one thing and then the other.
At best, contradictory. At worst....? Time will be the ultimate arbiter on that one.
Yet those journalists who are prepared to investigate and show light upon anything that calls into question King's credentials as a suitable owner are, as it was back in 2011/12, being showered with abuse and accusations of being 'agenda-driven'.
Rangers fans are not the only ones to take a 'my club right and wrong' approach towards anyone from the outside who digs up evidence to suggest that something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Hearts supporters once railed against anyone who questioned former owner Vladimir Romanov.
Only when the club was put into administration back in 2013 did some realise that the scribes may have had a point.
With Rangers, while this may be a new version of the club, history appears to be repeating itself.
Shooting a messenger might bring short-term relief and pride in having 'defended the club'.
But as history has shown us, such blind faith has proven to be counter-productive.
And supporters declaring 'my club right and wrong' when it may be wrong, could prove to be fatal for the fans who wish in the future to continue having a club to support.