In chapter 7 of 1984 by George Orwell, what list of crimes are the proles are permitted to commit?

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As Wiston continues to write in his diary, that writing becomes a method of venting his frustrations and analyzing his thoughts becomes a motif. Winston tries to put his thoughts into order and to assess the conditions in which he finds himself living. He figures that the Party will never be defeated from within because they have no way of coming together; besides, they cannot even identify themselves. Hope only lies with the proles, but they have been so desensitized that it does not seem possible. And, the permissiveness of the Party in allowing certain behaviors keeps them from rebelling as there energies are directed elsewhere. They are allowed to

  • steal
  • engage in prostitution
  • peddle drugs
  • take drugs
  • engage in racketeering
  • engage in promiscuity
  • gamble
  • divorce

Winston notes that "the larger evils invariably escaped their notice. the Party slogan read, "Paroles and animals are free."

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