War is Peace
refers to to the fact that while a country
is at war
, it can get away with murder
on the home front
, on the pretext of "rooting out traitors
." A good example of this is the Espionage Act
passed by Congress
and signed by Woodrow Wilson
in 1917, which had little to do with spies
, and a lot to do with allowing the feds
to round up anyone who criticized
's actions during a war
. (Fun trivia fact
: Since the United States has officially been in a state of emergency
since the Korean War
, the Act is still in force).
Freedom is Slavery means that you are supposed to treat your supposedly natural rights as privileges that you need to constantly earn. For instance, in the United States, convicted felons are not allowed to vote, even after they have been released from jail.
Ignorance is Power means that as long as you believe what you are told, the state has the power to justify whatever it wants. Example: in 1998, Clinton ordered tomahawk missles to be fired at a Sudanese Pharmaceutical plant. His rationale was that it was being used to construct bio-weapons. Six months later, the government quietly admitted that it had no conclusive evidence of this.