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15th Oct '16 1:03:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/Fortress1992'': The "unauthorized thought processes", i.e. erotic fantasies. Brennick receives an electronic shock from [[MasterComputer Zed-10]] after it reads his mind during REM sleep.
13th Oct '16 7:00:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'': Played for dark laughs when Anderson is driving her Lawmaster before suddenly stopping to beat up several confused perps. She tells control to pick them up for "insulting a Judge and resisting arrest".
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Under Torquemada's rule over Termight, it is illegal to even think of opposing him, and his Terminators scan the planet day and night to look for thought offenders. Purity's father was sent to the vaporization vats for committing thoughtcrime ''in his sleep''.

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
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''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'': Played for dark laughs when Anderson is driving her Lawmaster before suddenly stopping to beat up several confused perps. She tells control to pick them up for "insulting a Judge and resisting arrest".
* ** ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Under Torquemada's rule over Termight, it is illegal to even think of opposing him, and his Terminators scan the planet day and night to look for thought offenders. Purity's father was sent to the vaporization vats for committing thoughtcrime ''in his sleep''.
7th Oct '16 10:01:25 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- '''Winston''', ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', Part 1, Chapter 1

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-->-- '''Winston''', ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', Part 1, Chapter 1
7th Oct '16 10:00:41 AM Morgenthaler
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7th Oct '16 9:56:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Under Torquemada's rule over Termight, it is illegal to even think of opposing him, and his Terminators scan the planet day and night to look for thought offenders. Purity's father was sent to the vaporization vats for committing thoughtcrime in his ''sleep''.

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* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Under Torquemada's rule over Termight, it is illegal to even think of opposing him, and his Terminators scan the planet day and night to look for thought offenders. Purity's father was sent to the vaporization vats for committing thoughtcrime in ''in his ''sleep''.
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12th Jul '16 2:01:35 PM GoblinCipher
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* A mundane variant comes from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Happiness Patrol", where [[HappinessIsMandatory enforced cheerfulness was the law]] on one planet.

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* A mundane variant comes from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Happiness Patrol", where [[HappinessIsMandatory enforced cheerfulness was the law]] on one planet.the planet Terra Alpha.
19th Mar '16 3:56:54 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Murder is often punished more harshly if the crime was premeditated.
5th Mar '16 7:06:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Under Torquemada's rule over Termight, it is illegal to even think of opposing him, and his Terminators scan the planet day and night to look for thought offenders. Purity's father was sent to the vaporization vats for committing thoughtcrime in his ''sleep''.
31st Jan '16 12:57:27 PM Specialist290
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* Some of the most notable examples of thoughtcrime are the concepts of ''sin'' and ''[[TheHeretic heresy]]'' in some religions. Couple it with ''guilt and fear of eternal punishment for even thinking about it'' and you have a very effective method for auto-enforcement of policies.

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* Some of the most notable examples of thoughtcrime are the concepts of ''sin'' and ''[[TheHeretic heresy]]'' in some religions. Couple it with ''guilt and fear of eternal punishment for even thinking about it'' and ''an omniscient Judge who knows and sees all'' and you have a very effective method for auto-enforcement of policies.
3rd Jan '16 7:13:15 PM Fireblood
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It is nearly impossible to remove Thoughtcrime policies once enacted. The definition tends to expand until ''whistleblowing'' is illegal--after all, only a heretic/theocrat/atheist/religious fanatic/sinner/holier-than-thou-nut/sympathizer-with-group-X/hatemonger/communist/capitalist/traitor/jingoist/Nazi/Democrat/Republican/Libertarian/Anarchist/Long List-maker would be deceptive enough to claim that our glorious and beneficent regime could possibly make errors, suffer from wishful thinking, or be corrupt.

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It is nearly impossible to remove Thoughtcrime policies once enacted. The definition tends to expand until ''whistleblowing'' is illegal--after all, only a heretic/theocrat/atheist/religious fanatic/sinner/holier-than-thou-nut/sympathizer-with-group-X/hatemonger/communist/capitalist/traitor/jingoist/Nazi/Democrat/Republican/Libertarian/Anarchist/Long List-maker communist/fascist/atheist/religious fanatic etc. would be deceptive enough to claim that our glorious and beneficent regime could possibly make errors, suffer from wishful thinking, or be corrupt.



* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had an episode where they came across a people who were extremely telepathic, so sensitive that any extreme emotions would incite them to act out on those feelings; having violent thoughts was a crime in and of itself. Torres was put under trial for having a brief violent thought when someone bumped into her, and Tuvok's investigation into the planet's culture found a sort of "violent thoughts" BlackMarket. Of course it examined the issue that when something was so taboo, it meant their own people were unable to handle it when confronted with the situation.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had an episode where they came across a people who were extremely telepathic, so sensitive that any extreme emotions would incite them to act out on those feelings; having violent thoughts was a crime in and of itself. Torres was put under on trial for having a brief violent thought when someone bumped into her, and Tuvok's investigation into the planet's culture found a sort of "violent thoughts" BlackMarket. Of course it examined the issue that when something was so taboo, it meant their own people were unable to handle it when confronted with the situation.



** Even more [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement controversially]] the same argument has been made against hate crime legislation, since people are not just punished for committing a crime but for what they were thinking while doing it.

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** Even more [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement controversially]] the same argument has been made against hate crime legislation, since people are not just punished for committing a crime but for what they were thinking while doing it. For instance, assault is already a crime, but assaulting someone because they were ''black'' is a hate crime. So the specific motive is the difference.



* Conspiracy to commit a crime. In some jurisdictions, a person can be punished and incarcerated for the act of plotting an illegal act -- even if they never carry it out! (They must have performed at least one overt act "in furtherance of the conspiracy" but that can be virtually anything.) Conspiracy Law is where thoughtcrime starts to bump into the (on its face) perfectly reasonable goal of police forces and the government to stop crimes like mass murder and theft before they are committed and cause harm to people (by allowing cops to intervene earlier instead of having to wait until the crime is actually carried out). The tension is prevalent throughout judicial opinions on the subject.

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* Conspiracy to commit a crime. In some jurisdictions, a person can be punished and incarcerated for the act of plotting an illegal act -- even if they never carry it out! (They must have performed at least one overt act "in furtherance of the conspiracy" but that can be virtually anything.anything-for instance legally buying a gun to commit a murder, but not actually using it.) Conspiracy Law law is where thoughtcrime thought crime starts to bump into the (on its face) perfectly reasonable goal of police forces and the government to stop crimes like mass murder and theft before they are committed and cause harm to people (by allowing cops to intervene earlier instead of having to wait until the crime is actually carried out). The tension is prevalent throughout judicial opinions on the subject.
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