In the novel, "1984", why is their world constantly at war?

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Although we think of war as a horrible experience, it can be a useful tool for the state.  If there is a constant threat to the well being of a state's citizens, that anxiety can be used to control the people and focus their attention on doing whatever it takes to keep them safe.  Although it is not the same thing, look at what happened in our country after 9/11.  Our government, for better or for worse, asked us to give up some of our traditional civil rights in return for greater safety.  It's still under discussion

In 1984, it doesn't make any difference which state is fighting against which since all the states use the "war" to control their people, to give them someone to hate, to turn over whatever rights (more to things like razor blades than abstract freedom) they may have in turn for safety, and to turn their energy anywhere else than on themselves and the sorry state they live in.

War as tool.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Constant warfare keeps the population fearful, and creates emergency conditions whereby the government can expand its powers. People, manipulated into fear, will respond more favorably to government demands, no matter how outrageous, if there's a perceived benefit of eventual stability.   In the world of 1984, the alliances are always shifting, but the news is always about victory, and the sad discovery is made that the war is agreed upon, and perpetuated by the 3 major powers so that each may keep its population controlled.  No one wants to win; that would end the war!

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Because of the quote" war is peace" meaning that while there is a war going on, everyone will be in constant panic and will be afraid which will allow the government to make it easier to control the people, and getting what they want while at it. 

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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because of the quote" war is peace" meaning that while there is a war going on, everyone will be in constant panic and will be afaraid which will allow the government to make it easier to control the people, and getting what they wa

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