Orwell was brilliant. I would proffer that deep down in his soul, he knew socialism could not be separated from its tendency towards totalitarianism, but to his dying day, he fervently clung to the hope that it might be.
Yes, I’ve seen this view again and again, where people think that the world can simply be reduced to Barny the Dinosaur’s “sharing is caring” without ever understanding that reality simply does not work that way in the same fashion that the laws of thermodynamics work say that you can’t create energy.
The people in question aren’t evil (for the most part, though some Leftists certainly are), but merely deluded by the promise of a utopia which can be obtained “if we just try harder with better people”.
The millions dead, the trillions of dollars squandered, and the wrecked environments are blithely ignored. Those were just done by the wrong people. That’s all. Somehow, somewhere, that utopia will work, no matter the track record.