• 1. to condemn or censure openly or publicly: to d
enounce a politician as morally corrupt.
• 2. to make a formal accusation against, as to th
e police or in acourt.
• Denunciation is a practice commonly used in
• By making citizens accountable for each other’s a
ctions they will be more likely to turn each other
• Creates fear, which in turn leads to competition.
• ‘Betray them before they can betray me’.
• North Korea’s “Household Watch/Five-Family
• “In every apartment building, neighborhood, and
town, households are grouped together. A local
party official appoints a resident… to watch over her
neighbors and report any suspicious behavior.”
• If one family leaves the country the other families
are held accountable and often punished in the
other family’s stead.
• Kondgan Oh. “North Korea: The Nadir of Freedom” (2007) Foreign Policy Research Instit
“You think there’s no other way of saving
yourself… You want it to happen to the other
person. You don’t give a damn what they suffer.
All you care about is yourself.”
• Orwell, George. 1984. New York, New York: Penguin Group, 1950. Print.
Thought Police in 1984
The presence of Thought Police is very prominent
throughout 1984. Life is dictated by the existence of
Thought Police and the possibility of someone always
listening prepared to strike.
A family that is close to Winston,
the main character, finds the
parent’s demise at hands of their
own children who are Thought
Another example is the
discovery of Winston and Julia’s
affair and their role in the
Thought Police in Modern Times
• The existence of Thought Police in modern times can be seen in the
recent and existing Totalitarian or Authoritarian governments.
• Previously in the USSR Thought Police were utilized to weed out
those who did not follow the decreed Stalinism.
• The use of Thought Police was prominent in Nazis Germany to find
men and women hiding those of the Jewish faith.
Thought Police in the Future
• The world of Equilibrium depicts a future world
where emotions are controlled and Thought
Police exist to prevent the outbreak of emotions.