When the Clocks Strike Thirteen — Daily Life In the Orwellian Dystopia

Robert Bridge – RT

Abridged by Lasha Darkmoon – Darkmoon July 6, 2019
with added pictures and captions, video,
and an editorial endnote on ‘The Rat Torture’.

“He discovered that while he sat helplessly musing he had also been writing…. And it was no longer the same cramped, awkward handwriting as before. His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals — DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.”  — George Orwell, 1984, Ch. 1


70 years ago, the British writer George Orwell captured the essence of technology in its ability to shape our destinies in his seminal work, Nineteen Eighty-four [1984]. The tragedy of our times is that we have failed to heed his warning. No matter how many times I read 1984, the feeling of total helplessness and despair that weaves itself throughout Orwell’s masterpiece never fails to take me by surprise.
Although usually referred to as a ‘dystopian futuristic novel’, it is actually a horror story on a scale far greater than anything that has emerged from the minds of prolific writers like Stephen King or Dean Koontz. The reason is simple. The nightmare world that the protagonist Winston Smith inhabits, a place called Oceania, is all too easily imaginable. Man, as opposed to some imaginary clown or demon, is the evil monster.
In the very first pages of the book, Orwell demonstrates an uncanny ability to foresee future trends in technology. Describing the protagonist Winston Smith’s frugal London flat, he mentions an instrument called a ‘telescreen’, which sounds strikingly similar to the handheld ‘smartphone’ that is enthusiastically used by billions of people around the world today.
Orwell describes the ubiquitous device as an “oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror” affixed to the wall that “could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.” Sound familiar? It is through this gadget that the rulers of Oceania are able to monitor the actions of its citizens every minute of every day.
At the same time, the denizens of 1984 were never allowed to forget they were living in a totalitarian surveillance state, under the control of the much-feared Thought Police. Massive posters with the slogan ‘Big Brother is Watching You’ were as prevalent as our modern-day advertising billboards.  Today, however, such polite warnings about surveillance would seem redundant, as reports of unauthorized spying still get the occasional lazy nod in the media now and then.
In fact, just in time for 1984’s anniversary, it has been reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) has once again been illicitly collecting records on telephone calls and text messages placed by US citizens.
Another method of control alluded to in 1984 fell under a system of speech known as ‘Newspeak’, which attempted to reduce the language to ‘doublethink’, with the ulterior motive of controlling ideas and thoughts. For example, the term ‘joycamp’, a truncated term every bit as euphemistic as the ‘PATRIOT Act’, was used to describe a forced labor camp, whereas a ‘doubleplusgood duckspeaker’ was used to praise an orator who ‘quacked’ correctly with regards to the political situation.
Another Newspeak term, known as ‘facecrime’, provides yet another striking parallel to our modern situation. Defined as “to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense.” It would be difficult for the modern reader to hear the term ‘facecrime’ and not connect it with ‘Facebook’, the social media platform that regularly censors content creators for expressing thoughts it finds ‘hateful’ or inappropriate. What social media users need is an Orwellian lesson in ‘crimestop’, which Orwell defined as “the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought.” Those so-called unacceptable ‘dangerous thoughts’ were determined not by the will of the people, of course, but by their rulers.
And yes, it gets worse.
Just this week, Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘private company’ agreed to give French authorities the“identification data” of Facebook users suspected of spreading ‘hate speech’ on the platform, in what would be an unprecedented move on the part of Silicon Valley.
Another modern phenomenon that would be right at home in Orwell’s Oceania is the obsession with political correctness, which is defined as “the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” But since so many people today identify with some marginalized group, this has made the intelligent discussion of controversial ideas – not least of all on US college campuses, of all places – exceedingly difficult, if not downright dangerous. Orwell must be looking down on all of this madness with much surprise, since he provided the world with the best possible warning to prevent it.

An original illustration from George Orwell’s 1984. Click to enlarge

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
— Opening sentence of Nineteen Eighty-Four

For anyone who entertains expectations for a happy ending in 1984, be prepared for serious disappointment.  Although Winston Smith manages to finally experience love, his brief romance—like a delicate flower that was able to take root amid a field of asphalt—is crushed by the authorities with shocking brutality. Not satisfied with merely destroying the relationship, however, Smith is forced to betray his ‘Julia’ after undergoing the worst imaginable torture at the ‘Ministry of Love’.


The writer is referring to the famous  “rat torture“. The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith,  is terrified by rats. Arrested by the authorities, Winston is dragged off to Room 101 in the Ministry of Love for “reprogramming”.  A cage filled with giant rats is placed over his head.  There is a screen separating the rats on one side of the cage from Winston’s face on the other side. When the screen is lifted, the famished rats will fling themselves at Winston’s face and start eating it—their only source of food—in a frantic attempt to escape their cage.
It is up to Winston to cooperate with Big Brother by betraying the secrets of his nearest and dearest, by acting as an informant and name and shame as many others as possible, including the innocent, and  by admitting that even lies are true if Big Brother says they are, e.g. that 2 + 2 = 5.  Failure to cooperate with Big Brother will mean the lifting of the screen, with the rats being let loose to carry out  their dental demolition of the human face—a torture so inconceivably cruel that it didn’t even occur to Dante when imagining the tortures of hell in his Inferno
The rat torture in Orwell’s novel is a variation of the rat torture used in the Soviet Union in Stalin’s reign of terror, applied by the Bolshevik dictator’s  hired Chinese torturers against the Russian people, mostly Christian clergy and dissidents. (Scroll down to picture featuring the rat torture here: The Crimes of the Bolsheviks.)      
Winston breaks down and begs for mercy when threatened with the rat torture fang frenzy , betraying his true love by saying “Let it be Julia — not me!” This is the sign that he has been finally broken. Dehumanized completely.  Little better now than a human vegetable, a  zombified Hollow Man. When he sees Julia next, he knows from the look in her eyes that she knows he has betrayed her.  And that she, too, has betrayed him. 
In the words of T.S. Eliot: “After such knowledge, what forgiveness?”   
In Orwell’s own memorable words—in the final paragraph of his great book—Winston  Smith looks up into Big Brother’s face with the fatuous entrancement of a man who has learned the hard way that two plus two does indeed equal five — if Big Brother says it does. 

“He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”
For the reader’s convenience, here is a chart outlining the social structure in the Orwellian dystopia. It is pretty much the social structure we have today in our so-called “real world”.
We are the “proles”, roughly 85 per cent of the population: a demoralized and wretched ragbag of economic serfs, brainwashed into believing we live in a democracy. At the top of the pyramid are the richest and most powerful men in the world, aided and abetted by an elite oligarchy who implement their every wish — and who are suitably rewarded for their cruelty by enjoying all the emoluments of oppression. The Utopia of the rich is the planned dystopia of the poor. This is the hell world of tyrannical master and submissive slave, of predator and prey, and of big dog eating small dog on an eternal treadmill of pain.  [LD]

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Dr Lasha Darkmoon (b.1978) is an Anglo-American ex-academic with higher degrees in Classics whose political articles and poems have been translated into several languages. Most of her political essays can be found at The Occidental Observer and The TruthSeeker. Her own website, Darkmoon.me, is now within the top 1 percent of websites in the world according to the Alexa ranking system.

10 responses to “When the Clocks Strike Thirteen — Daily Life In the Orwellian Dystopia”

  1. Oceania as described in 1984 book is closely resembling todays’ Australia . Today in OZ expressing in a public place an opinion different from what is the opinion of the government , might result in a visit to your home or office from the idiots from ASIO (the Australian Secret Service ) . That is how the Government keeps the lid on the criminality of Australian Soldiers in Afghanistan or other scandals that could destroy the government . Terror and threats of long legal litigations in rigged Courts is the modus operandi . Whistle blowers are hounded forever in Australia or overseas , that’s how “crimes ” of opinions are dealt with in that fake democracy called OZ .

  2. Author Robert Bridge:

    “The reason is simple. The nightmare world that the protagonist Winston Smith inhabits, a place called Oceania, is all too easily imaginable. Man, as opposed to some imaginary clown or demon, is the evil monster.”

    Rather than “Man”, I would suggest that the real clowns, demons and evil monsters are closer to:

    The Rothschild Zionist empire of greed, vanity, hypocrisy and conceit, enabled by the fraudulent and unlawful control of money, in particular US DOLLAR$ which are used and abused by the state and its debt slaves who are forced into obedience by the super rich psychopathic swamp creatures who monopolize the means of indoctrination and extermination. They manipulate masses of people into paying for the means to their own demise.

    We are forced to pay for our balls & chains plus the poisons they hide in everything “Man” needs to live.

    The Georgia Guidestones prescribe an earthly population of 500 million. The pentagoons announced their plan for “full spectrum dominance” before 9-11 happened. These terrorists have enough weapons to kill by the billions. So far,
    they have been given all the time and money in the world to deploy their planetary-scale stealth killing machines. I think they have decided to use
    so many ways of killing, and otherwise degrading people in their quiet war using silent weapons, that they’re going to end up with way too much overkill.

    The animal world and the whole biosphere will be totally contaminated and decaying faster than ever.

    “Man’s opinion” was not considered by those who are behind the proliferation of diabolical nuclear power plants for generating “cheap” and “green” electricity. Electricity could have been produced in more intelligent, economical and safe ways
    since the days of Nikola Tesla, Nathan Stubblefield, Daniel McFarland Cook and Carlos F. Benitez, over a hundred years ago!

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  3. This vid released today shows that israel with british connivance
    did the 7/7 bombing.
    I was told the day after this attack, by one of the perpetrators that both this and the kings cross fire, were british false flag attacks, under jewish control.
    As was the 9 11 attack

  4. All schools to be given lessons on jewish holocaust propaganda
    what about the easter bunny father christmas and the tooth fairy ?
    what absolute tosh

  5. @ Voltman

    “The reason is simple. The nightmare world that the protagonist Winston Smith inhabits, a place called Oceania, is all too easily imaginable. Man, as opposed to some imaginary clown or demon, is the evil monster.”

    The ‘evil monster’, sinful man, came into being as a result of disobedience.

    To blame the ‘ Rothschild Zionist empire of greed ‘, is projection, pointing fingers, look in the mirror and see your real enemy. Take some advice from the American Indian, Yellow Hawk:
    ” I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. ”

    The word Oceania(sea) symbolizes separation, division, democracy, to divide and rule, the evil empire, the present world system.

    Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell
    delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
    Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first
    earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell

    Luke 22:67 Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:

    ” And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. ”
    The faithful witness

    Source ” Believers Information Network “

  6. AMERICAS SECRET MEN forbidden to speak for 50 years
    blowing whistles

  7. Another Reason Why I Don’t Like Lasha Darkmoon: She’s Ignorant!

    I have many times frequented Darkmoon’s website, putting the disturbing regressive occult nonsense to one side, what I find truly grating if not down right, at times, so dame infuriating of this women is her in ability to use common-sense.

    Darkmoon constantly berates the government, admittedly, so do I. But what she doesn’t do, is expound on why the government is the way it is. Now gentle reader, for I am now going to lose my temper, because this stuff infuriates me, THE DAMN WOMAN IS SO STUPID SHE CAN’T PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER THAT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOVERNMENT, FOR ITS THE WHOLE DAMN SOCIETY OF THE COUNTRY THAT IS INTOLERANT, NAMELY THE GOD DAMN F******* ENGLISH AND AMERICANS AND AUSTRALIANS AND THE REST OF THE ANGLO WORLD….THE DAMN BLOODY ANGLOS ARE SO SELFISH AND GREEDY FOR WORLD DOMINATION AND TO CONTROL THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok, I got that out of my system. Back to a more erudite manner. You see people, the government is just a representation of the masses. Take for instance, the British Parliament. It may seem to you dear British reader that is the worst example I could choose, for how is the British Parliament representative of the British people, when the British People voted for Brexit, and the Parliament is doing all it can to weasel out of it. THAT’S THE DAMN POINT! Excuse me, I lost it there for a moment. This is why YOU BRITS and likewise Americans are so hated! YOUR HYPOCRISY!

    This hypocrisy is not manifesting from your government, it is manifesting from the British psyche! You people have been lying to yourselves for centuries thinking you are some sort of golden poster example of how society should be, you know, “That’s not very British, ol’ chap!”, sort of rubbish. When in reality, YOU BRITS have NEVER been honorable ABOUT BLOODY WELL ANYTHING! THE AMERICANS ARE EVEN WORSE!

    So, back to the main point. Brexit or no Brexit, when are you people, and this goes for the entire Anglo world, are you going to start treating the rest of the Anglo world like equals? I know, the rest of the world is not frankly any better as people, but the rest of the world doesn’t go around bombing, stealing, destroying, and bullshitting their way to a fortune! You people, that is you Anglos, are all to blame for this! Not just your government.

    Just a final word on Orwell’s iconic book, “1984”. Yes even I have used this book in my commentaries, but I don’t use it to illustrate that government is some sort of external entity beyond everyone’s control that is doing harm upon the rest of the world while its citizens are just as equally suffering. NO! Darkmoon is a stupid ignorant delusional woman if she thinks that society has anything to with “1984” today. What society today is comparative with “1984” is that the rest of the world is vilified and used as an excuse to commit the atrocities that being done IN YOUR NAME!

    Lasha Darkmoon, is either too stupid or too selfish to admit that if she or any of you people think that your country is like Oceania in “1984”, it is because, YOU PEOPLE VOTED FOR THIS KIND OF GOVERNMENT. It was never made clear in Orwell’s book how that perverted society was created, but one thing is for sure, IF YOU PEOPLE IN BRITAIN THINK YOU HAVE AN ORWELLIAN SOCIETY BECAUSE OF THE EVIL THAT IS DONE BY YOUR GOVERNMENT, IT IS BECAUSE YOU VOTED FOR THEM!

    Ok I am going to stop here. I need to go and chill a bit. Women like Darkmoon really get to me. I can’t stand them, they are so f****** out to lunch! Now I remember why I don’t comment on that site!!!!

  8. During the 2008 US electoral campaign, It became apparent that a large proportion of Americans were in the mood for voting “anybody but Bush”; not necessarily because of 9-11, the bombing of Iraq & Afghanistan and other evil deeds. It was a pride and prestige issue. The world outside the US, those who had seen through the massive lies, was heaping plenty of scorn on the US government and on George Wonderful Butsch in particular. I can assure you that I was one of those heaping loads of contempt on that stinking pile of liars in government and media. Anyway, American conceit is a blinding force; like any other religion, it sacrifices logic and objectivity for the security and comfort of belonging to a clan, in this case, an AmeriClan.

    At the time, I thought it would take a year or so before everybody in the world would know that 9-11 was a lie, that it was a false-flag psychological military operation serving as the main pretext for imposing (((THEIR))) regime of terror upon the world.

    I was wrong. Nearly 18 years later, the cover-up goes on along with many other cover-ups. Look at the cover-up of the California Terror Fires…!? Hello?

    All (((THEY))) have to do now, is get their worldwide 5th generation network of high-frequency microwave transceivers installed and we’re off to the races.

    If you think things are crazy at the moment, stick around, better than that, don’t stick around: get out of town and head for the hills, and keep an eye on the sky above your shack!

    Or…turn around and storm the castle!

    Vive Le Gilets Jaunes!!!


    Dieudonné à La France un poète de la Liberté
    Quelle journée de malchance pour les têtes enfoirées
    C’est un Roy de la cause de toute l’humanité
    Homme de droit et de prose, il est déterminé

    Implacable jovialiste dans la guerre de naguère
    Inlassable polémiste, pas moyen d’le faire taire
    Compagnon de Jeanne d’Arc, de son Gilet Jaune, fier
    Il fait plus qu’un spectacle, c’est un maître hors pair

    Ce rebel ensorcèle criminels sans cervelle
    Tous ces polichinelles n’arrivent pas à sa semelle
    De querelles en quenelles, avec belles ritournelles
    Dieudonné à La France un poète de la Délivrance


    Quenelle des quenelles
    June 23, 2019 Alison Chabloz

  9. hhhmmm dorian keep taking the tablets, darkmoon has a big following and as an ex insider i am also one,
    Since Churchill every government has not been in step with the british people
    because they march to the tune of the zios, yes the dirty jews control our government
    this is why brits hate every government since and especially including churchill

  10. @fern bracken

    I will repeat what I wrote before, you have the government you got, all because you voted them in. Darkmoon has this crazy notion that “Government” is something existentially outside of society. There is no Big Brother other than the Big Brother you people vote for.

    Frankly, I am tired of hearing of people acting as if they have no power to stop their government from doing heinous crimes, when in reality, people just turn a blind eye, all because they are prepared to sell their vote for a few sweeteners that their local politician is offering.

    If you want to know why the British government “has not been in step with the British people”, as you put it, it is because of people like you fern bracken are deluded in thinking that the government is betraying the people. When the truth is actually, you are betraying your self! You refuse to believe that this government you may dislike is actually liked by many more people than you would like to believe.

    Fern Bracken stop pointing responsibility away to others. The reason why things are what they are in Britain, is because of people like YOU! For you refuse to take responsibility for the crimes of your government. That’s right, its YOUR responsibility. You don’t live in a communist country, you live in a democratic country. That means if you don’t like what is happening with your country, then GET OUT THERE and do something about it! You have the government you got, because you Brits have let YOUR society to go to hell in a hand basket.

    Darkmoon never writes about the real reasons for the problems that exist in society. Like all typical academics, or ex-academics she looks at things with detached selective myopia. Typical academic hypocrisy, I ought to know, I have had to deal with that, with much in my own life.

    No Fern, I stand by my words. Until people like Darkmoon and you too Fern start accepting your role in why things are so bad, then you will never get a better a country, and people like me, will keep on grinding away by reflecting the uncomfortable truth that people like you don’t like hearing or reading about.

    And for the record, as an Italian, I know full well what our problems are here in Italy. And I am ashamed of them, just as much you should be of how you people on that detached island you live on, can live so detached from reality and that you project such horrible consequences around the world.

    Fern if you want a better Britain, then stop thinking you’re not part of the problem, because you are, we all are! And we all need to stop avoiding our roles that we have in society, if we want society to be a better place for all of us. Darkmoon is not helping matters with her kooky and distorted reality. We have enough of that with politicians. We need real solutions to real problems, not mumbo-jumbo psycho. babble!

    Be very careful Fern you are starting to sound like the Germans did after they lost World War 2; and they got reality rammed downed their throats for many years after. The only thing missing with you and what the Germans went through, is a very bloody war. Thinking like yours, Fern, is exactly why wars start, all because there are always other people on the other side, like me, that will never put up of with the rubbish that people like Darkmoon is throwing about, and when reality clashes (not I said reality, not realities!) its WAR.

    If you and all the rest of you people that are reading these words, have some sort of “cosmic attachment” with Darkmoon, why don’t you ask her, if you can get a straight answer from her, that is, what exactly are her answers and solutions to the world’s problems today? That’s if of course, she is up to the mental challenge of thinking in realistic and concrete terms!

    I await with great interest in hearing what you people procure from Her Cosmic Majesty!