1984: The Lie of The Land

Doctor Who meets “1984” (or The Democrat Party 🙂 )? We’ll find out soon enough.

‘”Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,”‘–Orwell

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

The Monks are Watching You!

The Ministry of Love  serves as Interior Ministry. It enforces loyalty to Big Brother through fear, buttressed through a massive apparatus of security and repression, as well as systematic brainwashing.

“Freedom is slavery” can be thought of in the same way: the slavery of Party members equals freedom for Party leaders. Finally, “Ignorance is strength” can be read “Your ignorance is our strength“, again meaning that the ignorance of the people translates into the strength of the government.

Diversity is Exclusion.

doublethink is the ability to hold two completely contradictory thoughts simultaneously while believing both of them to be true. … In Orwell’s book, doublethink was critical to the success of the Party as it supported the state-imposed practice of language control, or newspeak.

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”

“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”

The Ministry of Truth  is the propaganda ministry. As with the other ministries in the novel, the name Ministry of Truth is a misnomer because in reality it serves the opposite: it is responsible for any necessary falsification of historical events.

The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history to change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect.

As well as administering truth, the ministry spreads a new language amongst the populace called Newspeak, in which, for example, “truth” is understood to mean statements like 2 + 2 = 5 when the situation warrants. In keeping with the concept of doublethink, the ministry is thus aptly named in that it creates/manufactures “truth” in the Newspeak sense of the word. The book describes the doctoring of historical records to show a government-approved version of events.  (like getting rid of Civil War Moments, perhaps…)

The content is more propaganda than actual news.

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

“Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”

 

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