The Inner Tactics Of Political War

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The idea of a society where there is no freedom and the people have no rights, can be described through the warning foresights of a dystopia. In the novel, 1984, a country has lost all liberties to their government and war is commonly used as a political tool, as our government has done in the past. As our country continues down the path to becoming the dystopia described by George Orwell, it is seen that war is used as a political tool to help the government’s own agenda. By using wars to control the social views of the people, the products and wealth of the country, and the opinions of politicians and government officials, the governments of the United States and the country of Oceania can promote their own ideologies on others.
As a reference for comparison, the military state of Oceania controls the Outer Party, wealth, and Inner Party through the use of war. In their society the citizens of the Outer Party were described as “a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face” (Orwell 64). They only had the thoughts that the government gave them, which created no possibility of the people revolting. The only thing the Outer Party knew was how to love the government. They had no entertainment, everything was made for war, and if not then it went to antique shops which were illegal to go to (Orwell n.pag). The main focus of the country was war, and everything else was considered nonsense. This creation of non-war shops also helped the Party trap people who were resilient, because they were able to catch them buying non-war goods from illegal stores. Even the items sold in antique shops were not meant for anyone to have, it was a way to show their disloyalty. In order to keep up the people’s drive, the government would have drives to support the war effort. One example of this is that, the government had a chocolate ration so the people would help in supporting the war (Orwell n.pag.). This way the people would feel a sense of importance and see that they were helping in the war and need to produce even more. This was a tactic the government played on the people however because even though the amount of chocolate was decreasing, they told the citizens that the amount was increasing, as to make them think the war was doing well. In order for a dystopia to survive, all citizens including the government, must believe in the war, and, “it is precisely in the Inner Party that the war hysteria and hatred of the enemy are strongest” (Orwell 159). This has to be present in order for the rest of the society to want to help in the war efforts. The inner party, or politicians, have to believe in the war for the other citizens to do so as well. One way the government does this, is by having a period of time everyday where their citizens express their utter hatred...

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