The Meaning of: "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength"

A friend of mine emailed to ask me what "war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strengt...

A friend of mine emailed to ask me what "war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength" means. My plan was to do a quick Google search, choose the most compelling answer and send him the link. To my surprise, I was not able to find the correct explanation anywhere. Though intelligent and complex answers, in my opinion, none of them was correct.

(The following article is based on George Orwell's novel entitled 1984. I will keep the article as spoiler-free as I can for those who haven't read the book yet).

Short introduction

"War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength;" is one of the three slogans of the English Socialist Party ("INGSOC" for short) of Oceania.

The goal of the INGSOC is to achieve total control over the people and, more importantly, over their minds. And here lies the answer.

What "war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength" means to the INGSOC

One of the main mind programs of The Party was the so called "double thinking", or doublethink, which "describes the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts."

"War is peace" and "freedom is slavery" are good examples of double thinking. Though contradictory by definition, they are both accepted as correct, simultaneously, by the citizens of Oceania.

This means that even though Oceania is in a constant state of war, the people are acting like there is peace as well, hence they can easily switch from one emotion to the other, in accordance to what The Party asks of them.

"Freedom is slavery" also acts as a subconscious discouragement for anyone who might consider seeking freedom, whilst the last part of the slogan, "Ignorance is strength," encourages the people to accept as fact everything that The Party tells them, without using rational thinking. Believe and never question!

For example, even though there is a constant shortage of everything, and the people make great efforts to get ahold of the most basic things (e.g. shoe laces or shaving razors), they are convinced that there is, in fact, an abundance only because The Party keeps repeating this everyday. In their highly conditioned minds, it can be both scarcity and abundance, at the same time.

The Orwellian slogan applied in our society

Even in a corrupted semi-democracy, like ours, it is hard to believe that paradoxes like: "war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength" could make any sense but they do.

Factual examples:

The concept of "war is peace" is used today by the United States of America and NATO, when they engage in the so called "preemptive wars." The term itself is a paradox, because one cannot start a war in order to prevent it. 

"Freedom is slavery" is the very foundation of our global society, and the biggest and most ignored problem of a so called democracy. All human beings are in fact "currency slaves," meaning that they must work to survive (though physical labor could have been abolished by now), but at the same time, almost all of them strongly believe they are free.

I urge all those who consider themselves free, to stop paying taxes for the already "owned" possessions (e.g. house, car, land, etc.) and see what happens.

Finally, the strength given by ignorance is highly encouraged in our society: never question authority, law, legal institutions, school books, history, main stream media or main stream scientific communities

Any deviation from the socially accepted norm is swiftly fought and corrected by society, with the help of the individuals. We are both prisoners and prison masters, constantly policing ourselves and each other. And even though we are not aware of it, we are all subjects to carefully designed mind programming, indoctrination and brainwashing, from birth to death.

By Alexander Light, HumansAreFree.com; | George Orwell's 1984 novel is available on Amazon.

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  1. Well said. Great revelation.

  2. Exactly, you bring it to the point.

  3. Just viewing your poster: I'm not sure if 1984 was not meant as an instruction manual. If I remember right, George Orwell worked in a government funded project to simplify the English language, presumably to make fascism "un-thinkable", i.e. to prevent people being attracted to fascist ideology by reducing their minds ability to think the thoughts necessary to become a fascist. Sounds incredibly stupid - the more so when taking into account that fascist-ideology in general isn't a very complex idea. INGSOCS "Newspeech" is kind of a description of that project. When I think about the importance of language for the mind to think, the "oh so liberal" way of taking old-fashioned burdens from our kids at school (e.g. no need to recite poetry etc.) seems to be another way of "freedom is slavery": we free you from the necessity to learn - and you are rewarded by an increased receptivity to our manipulation. This is especially nasty, because it is mostly the left-liberals pushing for these kinds of freedom - the one you would expect to be furthest away from anything evil...

    1. Think that the phrase on the poster is from a Robert Anton Wilson's book. But of course we could all think that.....or maybe not.

  4. free·dom
    The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

    We are generally free in this sense. You talk about freedom as if it is always a good thing. I'm sure that you would disagree that we should have freedom to kill, rape or steal.

    1. The more I search for solutions to our social challenges, the more convinced I become that correct education is the key to most - if not all - of them.

      If I would have the freedom to kill, rape and steal, I would still not do it. Why would I want to do something grotesque to another human being? It simply makes no sense.

      Studies show that those who sexually abuse others, had been abused themselves (usually in childhood). Our children's behavior is the result of education -- not only the education offered by their families, but also the overall education offered by society (cartoons, movies, books, cultural inheritance, language, interaction with adults and other children, kindergarten and school, etc.).

      If our children are raised to "support the troops", hence wars and everything that derives from them (i.e. murder, torture, sufferance, famine) we cannot ask them to be kind and loving.

      If we ask them to be patriots and proud, we ask them to feel superior over the rest of the world's nations, hence arrogant and racist.

      Those who steal don't do it because they want to do harm to others, they do it because they need to survive. They were raised in poverty and they were always hungry and poorly clothed and they had no access to proper education or healthcare. They have always been marginalized by society and they've had enough.

      Instead, we should solve the current social problems and jail those who created them (the "royal" parasitic families and their empathy-less puppets)!

      Then we can focus on raising our children in love and compassion, teach them that wars are not the solution to anything and that all of the world's nations contributed to our evolution. One nation could not have done it on its own.

    2. Freedom is the right to deny any command, demand and injustice. Freedom is the right to exist without fear of being forced to act against one's own will, one's own wellbeing and of others. Freedom is the right to pursue truth, and escape from potential harm...

    3. Speak for yourself. I lost my housing once for filing a report about the agency that oversaw it. That was Big Brother's Housing. If I pursued the issue further (I have housing again, obviously) I think I would be permanently fucked. Tell me again, I am free?

    4. Alexander Light, I agree

      Why must I recite my war mantras three times a year in order to fit into US culture? And then there's 9/11, let's never forget-- that is actually exactly what they say, "Never forget"-- what happened to us over a decade ago, and *constantly forget* what happened to everyone else at our hands as a result-- the Middle East is a whole freaking region of the freaking planet!! and it's not okay that it's getting leveled just because one person made an act of war against us on one gd day!! "With no love of God and human right/And all these things are swept aside/But bloody hands I can't deny/And carry the cross with brainwashed pride/And History hides the Lies of our Civil Wars!" ~Guns 'N' Roses, imperfectly quoted.... history does hide the lies of our civil wars, and every day I'm screaming inside and i've run out of social gracestays to say it to people I know, because to the USA it is a human rights offense to freaking BLEED TOO MUCH... I lost housing once for the government, my most recent grievance, because I reported the housing program to its parent agency, and the low-level workers were ticked and evicted me over a single hour.... the nightmare never stops!! I want a big red button to press that says STOP!

    5. and when I press it I want it to make the whole nightmare go away, or at least pause completely until I can handle it again.... I was someone promising growing up, like so many other people it was a constant effort to get me into the system until I was in and couldn't get out... I've tried suicide once, because I felt like I was never going to get out of the nightmare of having everything uprooted if I complained or said the wrong thing... I get by day to day here in the Projects telling myself that if I mouthed off to my landlady I wouldn't be under any risk at all, and simultaneously dotting all my is and crossing all my ts.... Am I really safe, now? I may never know. Just found out four inspections were failed that I had been told were passed, and I don't even know why. Probably still safe, but I don't feel like I have a right to believe myself not safe, and I didn't feel like I had a right to question my being safe at the last housing complex I was at. (doublethink).. I HAVE NEVER BROKEN THE LAW, AND I WANT TO DO ONE GD BAD THING TO DESERVE IT BEFORE IT'S CRUNCH TIME AGAIN.... but I'm a goody two-shoes and I likely won't. Someone give me an SOS.... idk.... is it too much a crime to bleed here too? You can tell me I'm full of shit, I'll deal. Just here at least, don't try to get me to shut up. Probably my last post anyway. And if you feel what I'm talking about, if this is so you, let us reach out to each other-- this is my Google account, connect to me on it and leave me a message. It may be a while till I write back. But what I've been through-- I cannot feel safe. What I said here were the most recent highlights. I almost want to risk just saying-- I'm like you: Big Government did a lot wrong in my life. Did the trick work? ;) My life is terror. What is this bullshit about terrorism from people 5,000 miles the freak away? Let them go! They can bomb DC! IDGARA!! If they do though, just allow for a national ballot on thumb print from any computer, one time registers you, three month time to vote from any machine with a thumb print indicator, 5,000 pages to sort through of randomly assorted names each time because *anybody* can run for *anything.* There was a guy who put his hand up my skirt once and wouldn't stop-- *he can freaking run!* It's kind of like that! And no censorship of the media online or off, and anyone can put up anything for a bill, with enough signatures, it's a bill to vote on, with enough votes, it passes, even if elected representatives turn it down. If it has to be 90%? That's better than only the rich boys get to vote. I voted for Obama. I voted for a whole lot of things he was saying. Next election there's a reason I *wrote in* "The Constitution." I am screaming inside...I can't keep unloading on people who don't get it on my personal networks of people I'm supposed to stay on the good side of.... I don't care who you are or what you've done, if you think you have reason to talk to me, message me on Google... if this doesn't get approved I don't know what I'll do, because, like I said, it is kind of a crime to bleed too much, and I bleed every day it feels like, at the least when I am tired, for all the fears of yesteryear that always seem so near

  5. How can you jail those who created the social problems? According to you, education controles a person's thinking. Those people were taught to not have sympathy for lower classes, should we not try to help them? Try to change their thinking?

  6. i have learned alot from you guys thank you

  7. Great words Alexander. + good reply ^ up there as well.
    Even though i've realized this long ago and do much research with these sorta topics/phenomenas/subjects, it still feels great to have read your sentences. Cheers bro. =)

  8. I'm sorry. I agree that it's double thinking, but i think either you oversimplifying it. Your explanation isnt double thinking. Yours is too literal.

    Those are not a statement. Those are condemnation.

    Other than "war", i object your other statement. But everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    Allow me to express my opinion. After all, this is the socialist party. Dont mix it up with democratic capitalist.

    War is peace - During the war, people rather settle in being in peace, rather than being in a war. The aftermath, people will try to avoid it as they can. The epiphany, that people create better peace after a war, is the believe of socialist. After a war, peace that can be achieved is better than the piece before war.

    Freedom is slavery - To spread the idea to condemn the capitalist nation. Dont we realize those countries who shout freedom lots of the time are only followers of a "new system". e.g. "Yes, you can speak whatever you want. freedom of speech yo! But we'll spy on you with NSA." - No, it doesnt work like that. Be a human being and say nice things to people. And think that words can create war. Everything you do is all relative. US government actually do understand those, thats why NSA were created. They are indeed worried, but why do they still practice freedom? Because that's how they create market.

    This is the real paradox that people dont notice, in the end they become slaves to the system. Not all system are bad.

    Ever notice people who shout freedom, slowly giving in to the animal instinct?
    "What's wrong with free sex? We're animals after all. We need sex."
    "Gay marriage is everybody's right. If they fall in love, then be it."
    The fact that civilization existed with their research and create a system where people can live in harmony, this kind of "new system" ruined it all.

    But it's good for the government. Especially US. Because they have immigrant policy and capitalist way of life. And that's why most americans are stupid, brainswashed by TV that dont promote morals, bashing other people brand publicly, and they think it's what people call freedom. And the people on top of the country only see them as market, and they are never Americans. They are either Chinese, or Arabs, or Jews. When the whole nation is only just targetted-market, there's the slavery.

    Ignorance is strength - There's 2 type of people who have the strength to fight. 1- the one with actual strength. 2- the ignorant one. Because they know nothing, so they know no fear. The indictment of education in most capitalist country - along with the "freedom" that they believe in, making the existing system doesnt even exist. They believe they are the new people, who brings revelation to people, by being free-happy, and nothings gonna stop that! Yet there are many people across the United States that are much more qualified being successful rather than American themselves. They have strength based on nothing, and they were honeypotted by the government with guns thinking that power actually exist.

    Humanity build civilization and learned one thing - all human agreed - precaution is better than cure.
    But honestly now people believe the other way around, thanks to the capitalists.

    That's what they are promoting is socialists.
    So everybody gets education from everyone.
    There's no freedom in life.
    There's always 2 types of people, and they cant co-exist.
    So not all countries should be democratic capitalists.
    People with socialist ideology usually hate how capitalist puppet the low tier citizen, but they dont argue that if you're somewhere on the top, your life is nice.

    I'm not bashing.
    Please view from where they stand.

    1. I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

      This is where I Stand. Call me what you will. I am an American & I will fight for my Country, My Republic. My America. My Nation.

      I'll make no claims to a God, Amin.

      However. Your words have made me think. And I thank you for that.

  9. Our current Supreme Court has declared "Corporations are People" and "Money is Speech." I must have missed this -- when did George Orwell become a Supreme Court justice?


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