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laurendenisea... | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 1, 2007 at 1:57 AM via web

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What are the three slogans of the Inner Party?

How do I put the three different slogans? What do they mean?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM (Answer #3)

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The Party has three central tenets upon which it rules.  They are 1)  War is Peace 2) Freedom is Slavery and 3) Ignorance is Strength.

The first, the philosophy that says  "War is Peace," is explained in  Chapter Three.  The world is divided into three separate states: Eurasia, Oceania, and Eastasia.  The Inner Party to convince the Outer Party that war is the natural state outside of the borders of Oceania.  Everywhere except in their home country, war continually wages, but if they maintain a peaceful state in Oceania proper, everyone must be on the same side, ready to fight all threats from the outside.  So, in this manner, maintaining peace at home, the party leaders contend, is dependent on wars taking place elsewhere. 

The second tenet, "Freedom is Slavery," is explained by O'Brien, also in Chapter Three.  O'Brien argues that when there is too much choice, people are vulnerable:

The first thing you must realize is that power is collective. The individual only has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual. You know the Party slogan 'Freedom is Slavery." Has it ever occurred to you that it is reversible? Slavery is freedom. Alone-free-the human being is always defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal. The second thing for you to realize is that power is power over human beings. Over the body-but, above all, over the mind. Power over matter external reality, as you would call it-is not important. Already our control over matter is absolute."'

The third slogan, "Ignorance is Strength" is founded on the basic principle that those who are kept in the dark are not capable of revealing secrets and endangering the homeland.  The party believes in a strict class system, which, it argues, has forever been in place:

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.

In these three ways, keeping the masses in the belief that war is necessary, that freedom is to be feared,
and that one has an assigned place in society, the Party is able to maintain absolute power and the ability
to control its citizens.

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 1, 2007 at 3:25 AM (Answer #1)

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The three slogans are:

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

Two other infamous quotations of the ruling party are: "Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past" and "Big Brother is watching you."

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rowens | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 1, 2007 at 3:30 AM (Answer #2)

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The three paradoxical slogans of the inner party, which are posted on the Ministry of Truth, or Minitrue, in elegant lettering are:

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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parama9000 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:23 AM (Answer #4)

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War is Peace (common enemy so the people are unified)

Freedom is Slavery (it is a burden to be be free)

Ignorance is Strength (strength for BB)

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 3:24 AM (Answer #5)

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This quote is also the reader’s first encounter with the idea of double think, the party process of weakening an individual mind’s strength and independence and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda induced fear. Through double think, the government is able to force its people to willingly accept basically anything they say, even if it makes no sense whatsoever.  For instance, 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. This slogan is an important symbol which shows the hidden power of the government over its people by saying that even though the slogan is completely illogical, the people are psychologically so influenced by the government that they turn a blind eye toward anything else. In other words, the government is able to convince people that “war is peace” by telling the people that having a common enemy helps keep the country together in many ways, but it was mostly because of the fact that since there is war, everyone will be afraid which will allow the government to control them easier resulting in peace. With “freedom is slavery” they explain that they will succeed only if they are united, if they try to go off on their own, then they will fail. By the same token, “Slavery Is Freedom,” because the man subjected to the collective will is free from danger and want. And “ignorance is strength” because the more people ignore the contradictions of their slogan, the more powerful the governments power gets over its people. 

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 3:26 AM (Answer #6)

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sorry i forgot to put the three :

  1. war is peace
  2. freedom is slavery
  3. ignorance is strength

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