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War is peace freedom is slavery ignorance is strength (1984 Orwell)

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George Orwell

George Orwell was an English essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is characterized by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. As a writer, Orwell is best known for the book Animal Farm and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). He also wrote Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a soldier for the Republican faction of the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Civil War played the most important part in defining Orwell's socialism. Having witnessed the success of the anarcho-syndicalist communities in Anarchist Catalonia, and the subsequent brutal suppression of the anarcho-syndicalists by the Soviet Union-backed Communists, Orwell was strongly influenced by the anarchist critiques of the Soviet regime, and by the anarchists' emphasis on individual freedom. Orwell's work remains influential in popular culture and in political culture, and the adjective "Orwellian"—describing totalitarian and authoritarian social practices—is part of the English language, like many of his neologisms, such as "Big Brother" and "Thought Police".…   Read more

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At the beginning of the book 1984 by George Orwell, these words are presented as the official motto of the nation of Oceania: "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength". These words are the official slogans of the Party, and are inscribed in massive letters on the white pyramid of the Ministry of Truth, as Winston observes in Book One, Chapter I. Because it is introduced so early in the novel, this creed serves as the reader’s first introduction to the idea of doublethink. By weakening the independence and strength of individuals’ minds and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda-induced fear, the Party is able to force its subjects to accept anything it decrees, even if it is entirely illogical. For example, the Ministry of Peace is in charge of waging war, the Ministry of Love is in charge of political torture, and the Ministry of Truth is in charge of doctoring history books to reflect the Party’s ideology. The Party develops this ability in its citizens by undermining their individuality, independence, and autonomy and by creating an environment of constant fear through propaganda. In this way, the Party breaks down their ability to think rationally and makes citizens accept and believe anything they tell them, even if it is entirely illogical.

The motto War is Peace indicates how having a shared enemy unites the people of Oceania and helps them remain on a common course. It gives them something to worry about external to the way the country is being run, which is happening somewhere else. It helps to prevent them from becoming consciously aware of the obvious problems in their own society. This mentality, put in place for the benefit of the Party, gives the people someone other than the government to blame for their problems, making them easier to rule.

The second motto, Freedom is Slavery, represents the message that the party imparts to the community that anyone who becomes independent of society’s control is bound to be unsuccessful. A society that is based on free will result in chaos and the devolvement of the society. Since the slogan is commutative, if freedom is slavery then slavery is freedom. Here, the Party communicates the message that those who are willing to subjugate themselves to the collective will or the will of the society which by definition is the will of the Party will be freed from danger and wanting what they can’t have. Society defines what is good, what is acceptable, what is desirable. Those who focus on those things and on fulfilling the will of the society will be free from despair and will lack nothing, at least nothing that society, or the Party, condones.

"Ignorance is Strength" means that it is this ignorance that maintains the power of the government and the seeming coherence of the society. It is only through ignorance that people can find the strength to live in a totalitarian society where the government oppresses them even while communicating to them how fortunate they are.
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