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Peace is War
War is peace

Standing Order of Battle

soldierly waiting

Peace is War - War is peace
Inorder to have peace here, there must be war elsewhere.
To have war somewhere else supports our peace and properity here.


Installation: S.O.B.
Scale: 1 foot =1 foot

mixed media puzzle parts support penises on spikes. other spikes support impailed figures, there are 37 pieces in all. creating an environment of dominance and opression.

a palanx of figures and spikes or rogers create a viseral mood that is designed to be felt and understood without any need for texts.



Love is Hate
Truths are Lies

War Is Peace

by George Orwell
Excerpt of his novel, "1984"

The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs.
War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all.


Standing Order of BattleSoldierly Waiting in God's Army

S O B, Order of Battle
S.O.B. pricks on sticks, Shock Troops in God's Army

honor ceremony
Veteran Ceremony

1984 continued:

The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word "war," therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that it exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and has been replaced by something quite different.

The effect would be much the same if the three superstates, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed forever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war. This -- although the vast majority of Party members understand it only in a shallower sense -- is the inner meaning of the Party slogan: WAR IS PEACE.
"1984," George Orwell, Signet Classic, ISBN: 0451512189, March 1969 reissue, p. 164 (originally published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1949).
George Orwell [1903-1950], whose birth name was Eric Blair, was an intense novelist and political essayist; a socialist, he fought in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War, and was a critic of totalitarianism, including Stalinism. He also foresaw the rise of our present post-post-modern bureaucratic authoritarianism.
Published under the provision of U.S. Code, Title 17, section 107.






desiccated hero
decorated veteran

Beware, I am Caesar

"Beware the leader who beats the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is a double-edged sword.  It emboldens the blood and narrows the mind.  And when the drums of war have reached fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need to seize the rights of the citizenry.  Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.  How do I know?  For this is what I have done.  And I am Caesar."
-- Attributed to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Order of Battle

Preordained to perish:

Stolid, committed combatants convinced of the might and right of their leaders cause, whatever that may well be are poised for action.
. The Order of Battle is preordained, as the directorate has detirmined, as leadership decides, as has been done for millenia. Yet the basis for conflict is not in question.

Soldierly Waiting is part of the ritual as the players assemble for their day of glory.

pack animals
territorial amimals self-organized for the prosperity of the species