I could never imagine that there would be such a thing as a Thought Crime in the United States of America.
Orwell turned out to be a brilliant though unintentional Futurist. I doubt that he would have realized the fine line between Fiction and Non Fiction.
Don't kid yourself. Orwell came back from Spain knowing that something was intentionally amiss. He knew a number of Fabian Society members personally.
Actually, he was very acutely aware of the uses and misuses of language, and he detested easy resorts to cliche and popular formularies about ideas. Clarity was extremely important to him, something he had come to appreciate after years of wading through ideological and war propaganda, first as a follower and apologist of the Left in the early and mid-1930's, and after his nearly-fatal experiences during the Spanish Civil War, an enemy of totalitarianism and the Big Lie.
From one of his essays in Wiki,
-- George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946.
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.