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Students for an Orwellian Society

Because 2020 is 36 years too late.

What is SOS?

Students for an Orwellian Society (SOS) is a nationwide student group. Although SOS has always been a nationwide student group, there is evidence to suggest that it first appeared at Columbia University. The mission of SOS is to promote the vision of a society based upon the principles of Ingsoc, first articulated by George Orwell in his prophetic novel, 1984.

As an Oceania-wide organization, SOS has a number of local chapters. For a partial listing, see our contact section.

George Orwell
George Orwell

Doubleplusgood Book Collection Activity

Students for an Orwellian Society is proud to co-sponsor a book collection activity wherein copies of the prophetic novel 1984 will be sent to members of the U.S. House and Senate who voted for the plusgood bill, the Military Commissions Act. This offers the Innner Party members a token of our thanks for their good work and guidance for their future activities. The Ministry of Love is organizing the project.


As to be expected, SOS has been quite successful. Since the events of 11 September, we have been able to convince a number of figures in national and local politics to help forward our aims. How could they do otherwise?

Our successes can be shown to fit into the three major ideals of Ingsoc as expressed by Orwell:

War Is Peace

Freedom Is Slavery

Ignorance Is Strength


Any reports of failure are almost certainly lies, the work of thoughtcriminals. Kindly ignore them. SOS does not fail.

T-Shirt Design Contest

We're considering printing SOS T-Shirts. Please email Minitrue with your designs. If we like one of them enough to print up a bunch, we'll send the artist a free shirt or two, as well as some other incentives if we come up with any. We're more inclined to print designs that use a small number of colors (one or two). The rules and entries thus far have been posted.


It is the duty of all citizens to print out 300 posters weekly and place them around campus. We may be monitoring you at any time. For your convenience, we provide posters here. You need Acrobat Reader, version 5.0 or later, to view them. This product is made by Adobe, a company which we greatly admire.

The folks at SOS-Davis have well over 100 different posters if you like.


SOS is pleased to present a special flyer about ROTC, the Reserve Officer Training Corps and a truly Orwellian organization. We know you find it useful.

News Service

The SOS chapter at Berkeley has constructed a goodspeak news service which will “translate news pages about the present peace conflict in Eurasia into standard, Ministry of Truth-approved goodspeak”. You can also view the goodspeak versions of The International Herald-Tribune, CNN, or FOX News.


Sticker production is up 300% for the year.


The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle and the Catalyst Theatre Company in Washington, DC held productions of 1984. Both productions started in late January, 2004, and continued through the end of February. While not directly sponsored by SOS, these productions will help spread the word about Ingsoc, and for this, we salute them.

Similarly, The Orwell Project is presented performances of 1984 and Animal Farm in February and early March at the Connelly Theater in New York City. Party members who attended a performance highly recommend it.

The 1984 + 20 Project organized public readings of 1984 on April 4, 2004. See their website for more information.

The National Council of Teachers of English is sponsoring a similarly-named but otherwise unrelated event called 1984+20, in which students will relate the issues raised in Orwell's work to the modern world.

Contact Us

We already know what you're thinking. There's no use hiding. To report incidents of aberrant behavior or thought among your classmates, please email Also, our group is so successful that sometimes we miss reports of our own success. If you find one, please email If our other ministries wish to hear from you, they will contact you directly.

For local contacts, the MSCD, UC-Davis, and SUNY Stony Brook chapters have their own web sites.

SOS chapters are also active at Columbia, Oberlin, Penn State, NYU, UMass, Minuteman High School, FSC, CalTech, UVA, RIT, Murray, JHU, UC-Berkeley, MSCD, SUNY-Stony Brook, UC-Davis, Bellevue CC, Trinity Chrisitan Academy, St. John's College, BSSC, Brandeis, Hopkins High, YIHS, and a number of other schools. However, while we of course have a complete list of schools available, we do not list them here until we are contacted with information of their existence.