Milan Kudera, quoted in the Economist, 18 Oct. 2008, p. 92
On one end of the continuum lies subtle manipulation.
On the other end is found blatant extermination.
It can be a person, party, process, or principle.
It controls through fear and falsehood.
It distorts, deceives, and destroys.
It terrorizes to maintain power.
It is Member Terror.
The past was not simply altered, rather it had been obliterated.
Commonly, if the Party was displeased with you, you simply disappeared and no one ever heard from you again.
Orthodoxy means that you do not think and that you do not need to think.
Why should you feel that something was very inappropriate unless you had some kind of distant memory that reality was actually different in the past?
Until people become aware/awake, they will not protest their condition, and until they have protested their condition, they will never be truly aware/awake.
No one ever escaped from the Thought Police. The victims were like corpses that would be soon returned to their graves.
Freedom means that you can freely say that two plus two make four. If this is allowed, then the rest follows.
The hope for society lay with the proles [common people, the proletariat]. It seemed reasonable, until you observed the rank and file walking past you in the street. Your hope was based more on faith than reality.
We will force who you really are out of you, and then we will replace the emptiness with ourselves.
You cannot do anything against the lunatic who is smarter than you, especially the lunatic who listens to your logical concerns fairly, and yet still acts like a lunatic.
No, Winston, you yourself are only to blame for your dire and thoroughly dehumanized condition. This is the consequence of your having opposed the Party.
1. People play dirty.
The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again, 1971