1984 is the acclaimed novel written by George Orwell published in 1949, The story is based in a dystopian reality where "Ingsoc" a totalitarian surveillance state that has taken control of the people of Airstrip one formally known as London, Big Brother has complete control over the thoughts and lives of the people of Oceania, the superstate manufactures war, perpetuates fear tactics via intense propaganda and bizarre self-censorship through indoctrination and social engineering.
Winston our protagonist is like many of his fellow party members, nothing more than a shell of a human there's no such thing as original thoughts let alone private ones, the extent of the mass surveillance invades all aspects of life in the form of telescreens a device that monitors you and can give you direct orders, these telescreens are also used to dull out propaganda in the form of fear and hate campaigns like 2 minutes of hate.
The setting of this environment seemed very reminiscent of Stalinist Russia, the poor conditions the people of Airstrip One are in, where they live in constant fear and alert as everyone is a potential enemy make any indiscretion and your friends, family, children, and partners are required and encouraged to act as informant for the state also another chilling comparison to Stalin's Russia, the social hierarchy of Oceania, it has 3 levels the upper-class known as "Inner Party" as you can gather they're the ruling class, the middle-class or "Outer Party" these are the most oppressed in 1984 as they are subservient to Ingsoc and have been indoctrinated into the party since birth and finally the lower-class also known as the "Proletariat" these are the cattle in which Ingsoc uses the complacent masses for cheap labour and bodies for the meat grinder of perpetual war.
The Proles in essence, have far more freedom than the Outer Party but for malevolent reasons I feel is best captured by the party slogan concerning the Proles: 'Proles and animals are free.' Although free they are, it's not a particularly fulfilling life as they're conditions never change and the very system they live under neglects them, the fact they have more 'freedom' than the Outer Party, many of which look down on the Proles which further isolates entire groups of people, this divide has been seen in elements of today's growing divide between 'Right' and 'Left", Masculine and Feminine, unfortunately in 2017 race is still a divide in the west.
In the West over the years our collective ideologies have moved further and further left creating a more compassionate society and in turn this compassion has turned to guilt, a guilt over the past, over what has already happened our culture like every other culture that has existed or expanded in the past has committed terrible atrocities and no amount of money or reparations or apologies could ever fix what was done to the victims of progress and what we find today is the capitulation to these irrational demands and taken to its logical extreme be used to control the actions and behaviors of individuals in social situations, for instance in Oceania the Ingsoc government deploys a propaganda techniques similar to that of Nazi rallies and stalins hate rallies, Stalin's hate propaganda against his own people and any collectivist authoritarian regime that has ever had power over its citizens will find an "other' or will focus on socializing 'othering' as acceptable behavior.
In 1984 the "Other" were whatever superstate they were currently at "war" with and their political opponents 'The Brotherhood'.
2-minutes of hate in 1984 is usually centralised around the Brotherhood as they are "traitors" to the party and the foreigner being depicted as an inhuman monster.
So take that idea and extrapolate that into the notion that faux outrage being manufactured regularly by less reputable news site and then being picked up by larger, more reputable media publications and projected into the sea of information to the adult children out there with the sensitivities of souffle, for the sole purpose of getting people mad almost like a hate machine, if you can manufacture irrational emotional reactions then you can manipulate those individuals to follow a narrative. For example, John Tron, PewDiePie, Jordan B Peterson, Bret Weinstein, Milo Yiannopolos and even Donald Trump have all been victims of this purposefully directed hate.
One example of this clear and blatant weaponizing of slanderous accusations and a clear lack of sympathy and understanding purely because of who the person is, Milo Yiannopoulos and his scandal in regards to comments on paedophilia and his own experience with what can easily be described as a severely distorted view on Pedophilia but if one were to add into account for his own child abuse at the hands of a priest at his school you can see the self blaming and denial in this excerpt
A Playlist of full episodes and just the clips below.
This controversy surfaced over a year after the podcasts had been released and 2 weeks before CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) from a dubious site called The Raegan Batallion were the first to release this in a clear attempt to knock Milo off his horse and get him kicked off the CPAC Conference and with successes also ruining his book deal. On a more revelatory note, perhaps, the only contact information on the Reagan Battalion Facebook page is a link back to a now defunct website for the Stop Donald Trump PAC.
An archived donation page, which appears to be exactly the same as a hidden donation page on the current Reagan Battalion website, suggests that the site was managed and paid for by an official PAC registered with the FEC under Stop Trump PAC. The donation page for the Stop Donald Trump PAC explains at the bottom that it was paid for by the Stop Trump PAC and lists the website StopDonaldTrump.com. Interestingly, that site now redirects to the Indivisible Guide. Indivisible Guide is a grassroots group, backed by progressives and some Democrats, that is often characterised as the Tea Party of the Left.
- 1984 2 minutes of hate is weaponized propaganda used to channel hate towards the party's opponents
- The media outrage machine can be weaponized
- Milo says fallacious and argueably offensive comments about paedophilia and his experience being abused (not admittedly)
- Someone or someones sit on this infomation until a good moment arises
-purposefully posts doctored clips of what was said on JRE
-Everyone runs with it.
More 'Fake Outrage' examples.
PewDiePie now in the ire of the fake outrage machine
In the article above basically explains that the media publication called The Wall Street Journal went through videos of PewDiePie's and took jokes ironically, specifically about how the media purposefully takes jokes out of context, and attempted to set the narrative that Felix is, in fact, a Neo-Nazi White Supremacist. These ridiculous accusations cost Felix a deal with Disney and severely affected his youtube channel.
These people were targeted by "the Party" or in a more rational sense the media outlets that are infested with far Left ideologues and work on silencing loud voices but the overall point is that the "Left" control the outrage machine.
Thought Police and the secret police of Stalin
Who are the Thought Police and Secret Police?
The Thought police were the expert infrmats of the Ingsoc Government monitor citizens, and their job is to punish anyone who performs thoughtcrime and used means of mandated telescreens, secrete microphones and plethera of spies, neighbours, friends and co-workers, all could be undercover Thought police. The secret-police force; they were there to stop any counter-revolutions, the methods used weren't as sophisticated as the Thought Police but still just as effective; spies, infomats, secret recordings etc. the party was able to successfully gain control over their citizens through the uses of emotional, physical, and mental manipulations.
The thought police of Oceania and the secret police of Stalin shared similarities. The secret police or NKVD In implementing Soviet internal policy towards perceived enemies of the Soviet state would keep documents on every man, woman, and child. If they were a threat to Stalin’s power, they were called "enemies of the people" and were arrested and thrown in a Gulag ( labor camp ) similar to the Ministry of Love in the book 1984, NKVD men responsible for carrying out Stalin’s “Great Terror” of 1937 and 1938, in which about 1.5 million people were arrested and into forced labour or execution. They were also killed in the camps by sickness, cold, cruel torture both psychological and physical, or starvation just like in 1984.
The death penalty was considered by the secret police, NKVD men responsible for carrying out executions, hundreds of thousands were murdered. Collectivization in the Russian government created famine in the country. In 1984, the Inner Party controlled the manufacturing and production in Oceania. They kept perpetual war to keep a low surplus of food. For decades, though, the Soviet totalitarians and the Inner party members of Big Brother like O’Brien were comfortable and well-fed.
Big Brother Protects you.
Brainwashing and Torture.
Brainwashing is considered "A systematic, coercive effort to alter an individual's beliefs and attitudes, usually by physical and/or psychological means; also referred to as "thought control''.
The Thought police in the novel and also very likely to happen in communist Russia or Nazi Germany, were the very same people Winston Smith put his trust in when he was most vulnerable, e.g. The elderly shop owner who inticed Winston into purchasing the forbidden accommodation and O'Brein giving Winston the Brotherhoods banned book and essentially incriminating him with the very same book.
Brainwashing was used by both totalitarian governments to mentally control aspects of their citizens lives. This type of environment breeds distrust and anti-social behaviour, trusting people gets you killed.
The party use political pseudoscience to try and validate their ideological doctrine, the goal is to at the very least create an ideological lens in which to view the world, narrow ones views and intellectually submit to the party narrative the enforcers of this narrative are the Thought police, they are the foot soldiers of the idea that has control of them.
The Secret Police were soviets party enforcers, using on the spot executions and arrests without trial or reasonable cause and brought fear into the general populace, the extreme overreach in authority is reminiscent in both fiction and history, it's a chilling thought to believe that history repeats itself.
More to come.