>if something criticizes a guy I like it’s bad
<if i strawman an argument i'm smart
Engels was a class traitor and as for racism his views there are relatively obscure, while orville clearly finds 'niggers and jews' to be distasteful.
>criticise Stalin from left
It's not criticism it is slander. defending every two-bit 'writer' and 'journalist' as self-crit is liberal bullshit. Make hollow allegories based on literal Red Scare myths is not criticism and enables right-wing propaganda.
Orwell repeatedly betrayed the leftist movement and demonstrated conservative anti-left views in many of his works and real-life actions. His actions and words would get him the label of a rad-lib today, but of course after decades of fellating him in Western schools and colleges, Western leftists can't look at him objectively and think that defending his writing requires defending his personality or ideology. I can enjoy Kipling's books, he's still an imperialist. Sinatra was a great singer, he was still an abusive husband and terrible human.
Orwell was a good writer but its obvious allegory for the USSR betrayed the left over-all and his actions outside his writing undermined leftist movements.