Smirk and I were disagreeing on the meanings behind Orwell's 1984. Smirk proposed that if one looked at 1984 you would see why socialism didn't work.
Anyways, Smirk, in your last post, you mentioned that he was focusing on showing the problems with facism and communism and you are closer to being correct. Orwell hated Communism but he was still a socialist. You have to understand the difference (although few do).
Socialism & Communism are not interchangable terms. Communism was an ATTEMPT of a socialist government. You cannot have communism without socialism, you CAN have socialism without communism.
You mentioned in your previous post that Orwell fought against the communists, which is not really true. Orwell fought as a member of a malitia which called itself 'The Party for Marxist Unification' (P.O.U.M) - a socialist group to be sure.
I don't have to time to get into all of the politics involved in the Spanish Civil War but let me just say that there were hundreds of such leftist malitias in Spain fighting at the time, but they were not tightly banded together. When the Soviets came in to aid them left, they rooted out anyone who wasn't in full support of communism, including those they were supposed to be helping. Orwell didn't fight the communists but realized that his dream of a great socialist state in Spain would be over once the communists took over, and he snuck out of Spain before he could be captured.
Anyways, my real problem with the assumption you are making is that that you cannot use the mistakes of communists against all socialist ideas. As Orwell realized, there is no government that can be truly socialist when a dictatorship is in power. Therefore, Communist states are not really socialist. They fail.
Socialist thought focuses on helping the working class, not consolidating power.