Street-Art: London as an Open Prison

img HMP Open PrisonThese signs are currently popping up all over London.

An excellent idea to create awareness of the planned ID card project in the UK. You find more images of this great poster here, here and here.

We refrain from commenting on the subject directly (in our opinion the issues in the US, UK and almost all other European / Democratic countries are much broader than providing ID cards to citizens) but have three quotes from George Orwell’s 1984 for you below:


Quote 1 (from G. Orwell’s 1984)
…There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live-did live, from habit that became instinct-in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized…

Quote 2 (from G. Orwell’s 1984)
…Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves…

Quote 3 (from G. Orwell’s 1984)
…Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain…


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