Friday, April 15, 2016

The Ministry of Truth, er the Ministry of Fear, er, the Senate House at University of London

2016.04.15-DSC06435_EditOn a suitably gritty and rainy day in London today, I strolled past Senate House which houses a number of offices and units of the University of London (including a library!).

It was also the inspiration for George Orwell's Ministry of Truth and Graham Greene's Ministry of Fear ...

The Ministry of Truth— Minitrue, in Newspeak— was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, three hundred meters into the air. From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:   

WAR IS PEACE 
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

- George Orwell, 1984 (1948)

Previous post on Minitrue.

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