The proles, normally apathetic about the war,
were being lashed into one of their periodical frenzies of patriotism.
As though to harmonize the general mood,
rocket bombs had been killing larger numbers of people than usual. ~ 1984

36. Hate Week Volunteerism

This was the second time in three weeks that he had missed an evening at the Community Centre: a rash act, since you could be certain that the number of your attendances at the Centre was carefully checked. In principle a Party member had no spare time, and was never alone except in bed. It was assumed that when he was not working, eating, or sleeping he would be taking part in some kind of communal recreation: to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife, it was called, meaning individualism and eccentricity.

Parsons was Winston's fellow-employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms - one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended. At thirty-five he had just been unwillingly evicted from the Youth League, and before graduating into the Youth League he had managed to stay on in the Spies for a year beyond the statutory age. At the Ministry he was employed in some subordinate post for which intelligence was not required, but on the other hand he was a leading figure on the Sports Committee and all the other committees engaged in organizing community hikes, spontaneous demonstrations, savings campaigns, and voluntary activities generally. He would inform you with quiet pride, between whiffs of his pipe, that he had put in an appearance at the Community Centre every evening for the past four years. An overpowering smell of sweat, a sort of unconscious testimony to the strenuousness of his life, followed him about wherever he went, and even remained behind him after he was gone.

About a quarter of one's salary had to be earmarked for voluntary subscriptions, which were so numerous that it was difficult to keep track of them. "For Hate Week. You know - the house-by-house fund. I'm treasurer for our block. We're making an all-out effort - going to put on a tremendous show. I tell you, it won't be my fault if old VICTORY MANSIONS doesn't have the biggest outfit of flags in the whole street. Two dollars you promised me." Squads of volunteers were preparing the street for Hate Week, stitching banners, painting posters, erecting flag staffs on the roofs, and perilously slinging wires across the street for the reception of streamers.

Working hours had been drastically increased in anticipation of Hate Week. The preparations for Hate Week were in full swing, and the staffs of all the Ministries were working overtime. Processions, meetings, military parades, lectures, waxwork displays, film shows, telescreen programmes all had to be organized; stands had to be erected, effigies built, slogans coined, songs written, rumours circulated, photographs faked. Julia's unit in the FICTION DEPARTMENT had been taken off the production of novels and was rushing out a series of atrocity pamphlets. Winston, in addition to his regular work, spent long periods every day in going through back files of The Times and altering and embellishing news items which were to be quoted in speeches. Late at night, when crowds of rowdy proles roamed the streets, the town had a curiously febrile air. The rocket bombs crashed oftener than ever, and sometimes in the far distance there were enormous explosions which no one could explain and about which there were wild rumours.

The new tune which was to be the theme-song of Hate Week (the Hate Song, it was called) had already been composed and was being endlessly plugged on the telescreens. It had a savage, barking rhythm which could not exactly be called music, but resembled the beating of a drum. Roared out by hundreds of voices to the tramp of marching feet, it was terrifying. The proles had taken a fancy to it, and in the midnight streets it competed with the still-popular "It was only a hopeless fancy."

A new poster had suddenly appeared all over London. It had no caption, and represented simply the monstrous figure of a Eurasian soldier, three or four metres high, striding forward with expressionless Mongolian face and enormous boots, a sub-machine gun pointed from his hip. From whatever angle you looked at the poster, the muzzle of the gun, magnified by the fore shortening, seemed to be pointed straight at you. The thing had been plastered on every blank space on every wall, even out numbering the portraits of BIG BROTHER. The proles, normally apathetic about the war, were being lashed into one of their periodical frenzies of patriotism. As though to harmonize the general mood, the rocket bombs had been killing larger numbers of people than usual. One fell on a crowded film theatre in Stepney, burying several hundred victims among the ruins. The whole population of the neighbourhood turned out for a long, trailing funeral which went on for hours and was in effect an indignation meeting. Another bomb fell on a piece of waste ground which was used as a playground, and several dozen children were blown to pieces. There were further angry demonstrations. Goldstein was burned in effigy, hundreds of copies of the poster of the Eurasian soldier were torn down and added to the flames, and a number of shops were looted in the turmoil; then a rumour flew round that spies were directing the rocket bombs by means of wireless waves, and an old couple who were suspected of being of foreign extraction had their house set on fire and perished of suffocation.


Tsunamis leave 2-million without food (UN food agency urgently appeals for 26 million dollars). Khaleej Times, Jan 11, 2004. Go to 2.Big Brother & 36.Volunteerism

GULLIVER EXPLAINS CONSPIRACIES (workmanship of persons who desire to raise their own characters). Apr 22, 2004. Go to 28.Reality Control & 20.Thought Police

Terror past & future planned (setting fires in forests, pollution of food systems, attacks on airports & railways). WorldNetDaily, Apr 8, 2004. Go to 28.Reality Control & ORDER OUT OF CHAOS & WHO YOU GONNA BLAME? OSAMA!

SUICIDE BOMBERS (Israel fabricated child-bomber story; had TV camera crew waiting). Aljazeera.net, Mar 27, 2004. Go to 16.Minitrue & 28.Reality Control & STAGED EVENTS

Gloom in Saddam, Sri Lanka (Saddam double part of US/UK ploy evading issue of missing WMDs & USA's murder of Iraqi civilians). BBC, Dec 16, 2003. Go to WHERE IS OSADDAM BIN?

WNV has potential to kill hundreds (CDC creates Mosquito Awareness Week; "Fight the Bite" is their slogan). Scotsman, Jun 24, 2003. Go to 28.Reality Control & WEST NILE STORY & HEALTH CRUSADERS: ACT III & BIO-CHEM WARFARE

Air defence tested tonight (also practice shooting down civilian, passenger aircraft). WashPost, Jun 4, 2003. Go to PLANE DISASTERS REVISITED & 28.Reality Control & 9/11 WAS COLCHESTER BOMB

Military on highest alert (for attacks on American soil ahead of specific threat). WashPost, May 21, 2003. Go to 28.Reality Control

Code Red to trigger Lockdown (total suspension of liberties). Rense.com, Mar 31, 2003. Go to 28.Reality Control & ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

Canada's manufactured pop star (being used to torture Iraqis, like Nancy Sinatra at Waco). National Post, Mar 22, 2003. Go to 16.Ministry of Truth

WHO IS EMMANUEL GOLDSTEIN?

USA capital prepares for war (military-police state set up). Wash Times, Mar 2, 2003. Go to 12.Ministry of Peace (War) & 28.Reality Control & TERROR BILL IS TERROR

Terror alert was false alarm (story made up to scare people). ABC News, Feb 14, 2003 & Bad tip boosted terror alert (CIA offers preparation handbook). Wash Post, Feb 14, 2003. Go to 28.Reality Control

Yard may shut Heathrow (cops/army form ring of steel). London Standard, Feb 12, 2003. Go to 28.Reality Control

Astronaut Glenn calls for draft (& mandatory national service to fight 20yr terror war). CNSNews, Jan 23, 2003. Go to MAMAS DON'T LET YOUR BABIES

Y'Osama, where you bin? (Stallone doing Rambo IV & Rocky VI). The Sun, Jan 17, 2003. Go to 25.Prolefeed

Police seek volunteer patrols (to help fight "terrorism"). NBC News, Nov 12, 2002

USA-VP hiding in secret cave (Al Queda here? there? EVERYWHERE!) National Post, Sep 11, 2002. Go to 28.Reality Control

911 Attack Anniversary includes: requiems -flyovers -moments of silence -bagpipe processions -peace vigils -prayer services -tree plantings -tolling bells -burning candles -doves winging skyward -cannon volleys -21-gun salutes -choirs singing Mozartů New York Times, Sep 11, 2002

Al Qaeda produces 9-11 video (Osama & hijackiers plot "Holy Tuesday"). New York Daily, Sep 10, 2002. Go to 16.Ministry of Truth & 28.Reality Control

FBI issues 911 Anniversary alert (USA a "beacon of liberty & freedom"). Yahoo!AP, Sep 9, 2002

USA creates "Operation TIPS" (aka Turn In People System). FEMA, Jul 2002. Go to 20.Snitches

Volunteer army to spot danger (and spread values "we hold dear"). Yahoo!News, Reuters, June 1, 2002

Bush sings "Itsy Bitsy Spider" - hand gestures too (every American to volunteer two years). Yahoo! AP, Mar 12, 2002

Neighbourhood Watch enlisted in terror war (brings together citizens and law enforcement). Washington Post, Mar 7, 2002

FEMA: 400,000 volunteers needed ("This is just the first step..."). UPI, Feb 7, 2002

Bush pitches service and volunteerism (each American to volunteer 4,000 hours). Washington Post, Jan 31, 2002.

Bush urges his nation to volunteer (his version of JFK's "Ask NOT" speech). London Times, Nov 9, 2001. Go to JFK INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Hawaii vacations for rescue workers (Aloha for 1,200 firemen, police etc at WTC). MSNBC, Nov 2, 2001.

Employers who allow employees to volunteer have happier workers: agency. Vancouver Sun, Aug 18, 2001

'Haute cuisine' in Terre Haute (takes on new meaning). Sydney Morning Herald, May 16, 2001

McVeigh gets music to die by. Yahoo News, May 9, 2001.

Execution tapes reveal U.S. guards' gallows humour. Electronic Telegraph, May 3, 2001

Terrorist McVeigh faces execution in 649 hours. Washington Times, April 19, 2001.

Jackie Jura
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