What is a nice original propaganda slogan can you suggest about chapter 1-5 of George Orwell's 1984?

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Before considering a propaganda slogan, it is important to note the key events that take place in the first five chapters of George Orwell’s 1984. In the first chapter, the protagonist Winston Smith recalls an incident that occurred earlier that day. He calls this incident the Two Minutes Hate and describes it in his diary. He ends his diary entry with the repeated phrase, “Down with Big Brother” and laments that he has committed a “thought crime,” which is punishable by death. In chapters 2 and 3, Winston recalls his dreams. First, Winston recalls someone saying “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.” Winston believes that the speaker might be O’Brien, who is Winston’s colleague at the Ministry of Truth and an official of the Inner Party. In the second dream, Winston remembers his mother and sister. Finally, Winston envisions a young, attractive woman who appears in a place called the Golden Country. Winston is startled awake from these dreams by the telescreen. In chapters 4 and 5 readers are taken to Winston’s place of employment at the Ministry of Truth. He works for the Records Department where he alters documents to align with Big Brother’s view of history and reality. Readers witness Winston’s disassociation with the Party and his fear of being convicted of a “thought crime.”

Knowing this information, one might construct a propaganda slogan that focuses on Big Brother, thought crime, the Ministry of Truth, or illegal activity within this form of English Socialism, such as writing. The Party uses doublethink to foreground its propaganda with slogans like: “Freedom is Slavery,” “War is Peace,” and “Ignorance is Strength.” Thus, in the first five chapters, one might consider a slogan such as “Writing is Ignorance” or “Thought is Doubt.”