Brave New World Revisited

Brave New World Revisited

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"When the novel Brave New World first appeared in 1932, its shocking analysis of a scientific dictatorship seemed a projection into the remote future. Here, in one of the most important and fascinating books of his career, Aldous Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy. He scrutinizes threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion, and explains why we have found it virtually impossible to avoid them. 'Brave New World Revisited' is a trenchant plea that humankind should educate itself for freedom before it is too late."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2006, c1958.
Edition: 1st HarperPerrenialModern Classics ed.
ISBN: 9780060898526
Call Number: HUXLEY
Characteristics: 123, 14 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Brainwashing -- Fiction.
Culture -- Fiction.
Propaganda -- Fiction.
Science fiction.


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Jul 31, 2015

This piece by Huxley was just alright for me. I thought it came of as a little egocentric, elitist and preachy at times. I do find it interesting however that he wrote this piece in 1965 just twenty years after his Novel and how hauntingly true some of it is today. Take for example the war on terrorism in comparison to this sentence, "Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government." Or how about while writing this in 1965 Huxley stated that, "In the democratic West there is economic censorship and the media of mass communication are controlled by members of the Power Elite." Even more true today 50 years later. Huxley also speaks of mankind's need for distraction in modern society and entertainment long before the internet, iPhones, Facebook, memes, the Kardashians and twitter. However in the end I think while he got many things right in his summation of the future he also allowed his own sense of self-importance to block reality. In a letter written to George Orwell he was convinced that his theory of narco-hypnosis would be more accurate than Orwell's Jack Booted surveillance state. Though not even Huxley could have imagined a President as evil as George W. who would use fear mongering to roll out policies of preemptive strike, the DHS, TSA and the loyal, tranquil sounding Patriot Act.


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