A free link to the movie, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), from archive.org

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, 1984

I often refer to George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), in my blog posts and podcasts as it is so timely. It is an evergreen story and seems more germane to today’s society than when it was written 70 years ago.

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984

I came across a link to the movie adaptation of the novel that was released in 1984. You can find it here. If the link does not work you can cut and paste the following link:


“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― George Orwell, 1984

I recommend reading the book first, as the book version goes into much more detail with respect to INGSOC and the Newspeak language and dictionary. In my opinion, the 1984 movie version with John Hurt and Richard Burton is the best film adaptation of the novel.

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The  party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
― George Orwell, 1984

The book may have been written 70 years ago, but it is still as fresh as the day George Orwell (Eric Blair) put pen to paper. The only difference is that most people don’t even care about the tyranny they are under. They view government as an ally.