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Authors such as George Orwell, Margaret Atwood and Aldous Huxley scare me How can these authors who write dystopian fiction or social commentaries 30, 40, even 50 years ago be so accurate in what is going on in today s society This book is no exception Huxley is basically summarizing the first book in this collection Brave New World of which was published over 15 years before this one Some quotes that I ve extracted from this book which ring true for today are If over population should dr Authors such as George Orwell, Margaret Atwood and Aldous Huxley scare me How can these authors who write dystopian fiction or social commentaries 30, 40, even 50 years ago be so accurate in what is going on in today s society This book is no exception Huxley is basically summarizing the first book in this collection Brave New World of which was published over 15 years before this one Some quotes that I ve extracted from this book which ring true for today are If over population should drive the underdeveloped countries into totalitarianism, and if these new dictatorships should ally themselves with Russia, then the military position of the United States would become less secure and the preparations for defense and retaliation would have to be intensified In spite of new wonder drugs and better treatment, the physical health of the general population will show no improvement, and may even deteriorate And along with a decline of average healthiness there may well go a decline in average intelligence Huxley compares his work with George Orwell s 1984 and also goes into some scientific philosophy on mind manipulation and hypnosis.To me, this book should be in every high school curriculum across the nation It would give our future generations a foundation to correct what is wrong with our society I fucking hate politics It s only useful in a very small amount of cases and in the rest of the time it s just a big pile of bullshit that is fed to people in order to keep them at their lower level I don t like governments and people that run countries and I really really don t like them in countries like mine or in countries like USA Somewhere in this world there must be a good president or a nice prime minister but in my country, that doesn t happen and in the USA it s all just a big scam I fucking hate politics It s only useful in a very small amount of cases and in the rest of the time it s just a big pile of bullshit that is fed to people in order to keep them at their lower level I don t like governments and people that run countries and I really really don t like them in countries like mine or in countries like USA Somewhere in this world there must be a good president or a nice prime minister but in my country, that doesn t happen and in the USA it s all just a big scam Or, at least, that s my opinion Huxley decided, in the late fifties, to revisit his work and comment on it, in order for a better understanding He did a really nice job in this essay, let s call it, on commenting his book He explained some things about it and he made an apology for other things that he thought were not good enough, or should have been written better about He was just too young to know This explanation of his was a good way for me of finding some new things about this world and starting to think about new ideas that didn t occur to me before He did a lot of comparisons with Hitler s regime, but I think that s because Hitler had just gone out of our world for a bitthan 20 years and everything about that tragedy was still recent in the minds of the people living then The wound was still open and, apparently, it didn t want to close up I liked a lot of things that he said about our world and I do find it strange or, to say, kind of amazing that what he wrote in 1932 was available in 1958 and is available now, and what he wrote in 1958 is also true for nowadays The same thing Orwell did in 1948, when he spoke of this idea the ability of the rulers of our known little world called Earth to kill freedom before it is born Now I m not sure which of them did it better, because even though they are based on the same principles and mainly the same big idea, the details are very different and it doesn t come at all as a surprise that I can t pick my favorite Though I do have something to say against Huxley s work, when compared to Orwell s 1984 is deeper, I think It s muchof a philosophical dilemma thanBrave New Worldis The thing that Huxley did and I didn t like throughout this work is comparing his book with Orwell s from 20 to 20 pages They re just not the same, so you could be able to compare them The message they speak about is the same, not the style, not the development Yes, you can compare them on a personal level, like I did before, and say which of them you liked better, but you cannot speak of them with the same easiness in terms of technical specifications Plus they are two different authors with two different views on our world, and that s to be seen in their books One speaks of cruelty, the other of eeriness One tells a story about fear and the other tells a story about not knowing what fear was One is oppression, the other is the inability to know what oppression is Anyhow, this was a great book explainingBrave New Worldand I do think that it was a good idea of Huxley s to write this New World RevisitedIn this essay, Huxley updates some of the themes explored in his dystopia Brave New World and considers some other possible developments and embranchements in the future.The contents 1 Over Population 2 Quantity, Quality, Morality 3 Over Organization 4 Propaganda in a Democratic Society 5 Propaganda Under a Dictatorship 6 The Art of Selling 7 Brainwashing 8 Chemical Persuasion 9 Subconscious Persuasion 10 Hypnopaedia 11 Education For Freedom New World RevisitedIn this essay, Huxley updates some of the themes explored in his dystopia Brave New World and considers some other possible developments and embranchements in the future.The contents 1 Over Population 2 Quantity, Quality, Morality 3 Over Organization 4 Propaganda in a Democratic Society 5 Propaganda Under a Dictatorship 6 The Art of Selling 7 Brainwashing 8 Chemical Persuasion 9 Subconscious Persuasion 10 Hypnopaedia 11 Education For Freedom 12 What Can Be Done A link to the online text Fitter Happier Radiohead Un compl ment utile aux mises en gardes d j pr sentes dans Le meilleur des mondes.Les th mes 1 Surpopulation 2 Quantit , Qualit , Moralit 3 Exc s d organisation 4 La propagande dans une soci t d mocratique 5 La propagande dans une dictature 6 Comment convaincre le client 7 le lavage de cerveau 8 Persuasion chimique 9 Persuasion subconsciente 10 Hypnop die 11 tre instruit pour tre libre 12 Que faire Lien vers la version originale du texte en ligne Fitter Happier Radiohead I picked up Huxley s classic dystopian utopia Brave New World as part of my ongoing pursuit of the classics His analytical non fiction follow up some thirty years after the novel was included in the back of the paperback version I was reading, and it immediately piqued my interest, in some ways eventhan the novel Although I ultimately disagree with much of Huxley s worldview, this collection of essays which analyzes the possibility and probability of the events in the novel is fascinat I picked up Huxley s classic dystopian utopia Brave New World as part of my ongoing pursuit of the classics His analytical non fiction follow up some thirty years after the novel was included in the back of the paperback version I was reading, and it immediately piqued my interest, in some ways eventhan the novel Although I ultimately disagree with much of Huxley s worldview, this collection of essays which analyzes the possibility and probability of the events in the novel is fascinating, both as a glimpse into his writing process and from the hindsight viewpoint of a still further sixty years into his future [ DOWNLOAD PDF ] ⚓ Brave New World Revisited ☤ When the novel Brave New World first appeared in , 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 Brave New World Revisted first published inis not a reissue or revision ofBrave New World Brave New World is a novel, whereas Brave New World Revisted is a nonfiction exploration of the themes in Brave New World No doubt about it, Brave New World is an important book When I first read it in high school it was a revelation and a lotaccessible than 1984, which seemed kind of dark, dreary, and difficult at the time Twenty years later, I find myself rereading 1984 almost annually because it does what great literature can do so well get under one s skin in a way that is uncomfortable yet illuminating The world Orwell creates in 1984 is somehowconsistent and believable, the charactersre No doubt about it, Brave New World is an important book When I first read it in high school it was a revelation and a lotaccessible than 1984, which seemed kind of dark, dreary, and difficult at the time Twenty years later, I find myself rereading 1984 almost annually because it does what great literature can do so well get under one s skin in a way that is uncomfortable yet illuminating The world Orwell creates in 1984 is somehowconsistent and believable, the charactersreal and sympathetic, their motives and fearspalpable I picked up BNW for the first time since high school and found it unreadable after a certain point The characters are caricatures, the situations absurd, and the stabs at humor stilted and unfunny in that way only a towering intellect can be When I was younger I didn t understand Nabokov s horror of the novel of ideas, but after trying BNW after so long I finally got it BNW just doesn t hold up on aesthetic grounds.Which is why I m glad Huxley wrote Brave New World Revisited In it he basically strips the novel of its fictional elements and compares his predictions or, perhapsaccurately, observations and extrapolations to the industrial world of the 1950s and, again presciently, beyond.In the end I suppose Huxley was a better social commentator than artist I am pleasantly surprised This book was a series of essays about certain social institutions that are slowly making the worldclosely align with the future Huxley predicts in Brave New World I am not sure why Huxley is trying so hard to prove that his predictions arelikely to come true than George Orwell s 1984 Here are some of the main ideas that I thoroughly enjoyed That so many of the well fed young television watchers in the world s most powerful democracy should be so complet I am pleasantly surprised This book was a series of essays about certain social institutions that are slowly making the worldclosely align with the future Huxley predicts in Brave New World I am not sure why Huxley is trying so hard to prove that his predictions arelikely to come true than George Orwell s 1984 Here are some of the main ideas that I thoroughly enjoyed That so many of the well fed young television watchers in the world s most powerful democracy should be so completely indifferent to the idea of self government, so blankly uninterested in freedom of thought and the right to dissent, is distressing, but not too surprising To be under no physical constraint and yet to be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national State, or of some private interest with the nation, want him to think, feel and act Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and never dream of revolution If you can get past the first couple of chapters, where Huxley s remarks about Africans, Asiatics and the illiterate masses leaves me thinking he was a pretty big jerk, you ll proceed through some fascinating and fairly spot on commentary about totalitarianism and propaganda and democracy, to a final paragraph that bemoans kids these days and their lack of dedication to freedom So, it s overall a useful and interesting read, while being the product of its time. Quis custodiet custodes Mankind has always dreamed of the perfect society, just as it has always feared the oppressive one From this dream has been born the fantasy of Utopia and from this fear the nightmare of Dystopia.But is Utopia truly the antithesis of Dystopia, and is it really an egalitarian society possible From Thomas More to Karl Marx and H G Wells and many others, this perfect society generally abides by some rigid, unimaginative and sometimes implausible rules, the main one b Quis custodiet custodes Mankind has always dreamed of the perfect society, just as it has always feared the oppressive one From this dream has been born the fantasy of Utopia and from this fear the nightmare of Dystopia.But is Utopia truly the antithesis of Dystopia, and is it really an egalitarian society possible From Thomas More to Karl Marx and H G Wells and many others, this perfect society generally abides by some rigid, unimaginative and sometimes implausible rules, the main one being the austerity caused by the absence of personal property But, as it has already been seen in all Communist countries, this invests the State with an incredible power over the individual, denying the latter its importance whilst overstressing the importance of the community And because there is nobody left to sanction its actions that is, nobody to answer the question which is the title of this review , the State is prone to become, sooner or later, a dictatorship of the enforced good, a hell paved with good intentions, like in that old joke in which a young man eagerly helps an old woman get on a tram she didn t want to climb How easily Thomas More s Utopia becomes George Orwell s 1984 The other way around is the decadence caused by overindulgence The hunt for happiness at any cost leads to another type of totalitarian society the New Brave World s one, in which the mankind is programmed to listen to its instincts and not to its reason Apparently so different, the two societies are in fact very similar In 1984 the lust for power is satisfied by inflicting pain in Brave New World by inflicting a hardly less humiliating pleasure.Inclined to think the future will belong to the second, muchpersuasive in his opinion than the first, Aldous Huxley s Brave New world Revisited tries to find a way to escape its Siren song Using the same premise as Freud in Civilization and Its Discontents, that the man is in search of happiness at all costs, the author denounces the major perils of our civilization, either of biological, social or psychological nature.A first danger is the over population that menace to consummate the resources, undermining the well being of the individuals and therefore the social stability He grimly foresees in 1958 a future where all over populated and underdeveloped countries will be communist His prophecy was partially true and even though communism collapsed in Eastern Europe, it continues to flourish elsewhere Moreover, another form of totalitarianism, the Islamic terrorist State menaces to take over.Another danger results from the fight of the humankind with the natural selection the medical discoveries reduce the mortality rate and overcrowd the Earth with flawed individuals in his opinion, the decline of average healthiness may lead to a decline of average intelligence and this ethical dilemma is not easy to solve The technology is another good thing that turned bad in our civilization, for the technological progress leads to the concentration and centralization of the economic power Although organization is important, over organization transforms people into automats, suffocating the creative spirit and robbing them of freedom.Then there is the power of the mind control, from propaganda to chemical and subconscious persuasion that brainwash people into believing everything In a democratic society the force of the propaganda consists mainly in a combination of Dr Jekyll a propagandist of the truth and reason with Mr Hyde an analyst of human weaknesses and failings , so that the nowadays politicians appeal to the ignorance and irrationality of the elector The same is true for dictatorship, which successfully uses herd poisoning the intoxication by the crowd Mindlessness and moral idiocy are not characteristically human attributes they are symptoms of herd poisoning.But as the human being, as Huxley justly observes, is not fundamentally a gregarious being, society is, or should be, not an organism like a hive or a termitary but an organization An organization where three values should be always respected the value of individual freedom, the value of charity and compassion and the value of intelligence.This is why the final chapter, What can be done , is a pleading for creating a society as a form of self governing, voluntarily co operating groups, capable of functioning outside the bureaucratic systems of Big Business and Big Government This is the only way for the individual to assert his freedom And even though mankind sees less and less the intricate relation between humanity and freedom, maybe all is not lost The cry of Give me television and hamburgers, but don t bother me with the responsibilities of liberty , may give place, under altered circumstances, to the cry of Give me liberty or give me death This book reminds me of the suggestion to not get to know one s heros He isn t my hero, but his writings here are reminiscent of the kind of surprisingly reactionary viewpoints not expected of someone who seemed lucidly critical of dystopic possibilities BNW seemed to imply a certain criticism of permissive dogma, had an opposition to eugenics, and analysis of insidious and subtle positive reinforcement in authoritarian societies But in reading this, he focuses multiple times on scare mongeri This book reminds me of the suggestion to not get to know one s heros He isn t my hero, but his writings here are reminiscent of the kind of surprisingly reactionary viewpoints not expected of someone who seemed lucidly critical of dystopic possibilities BNW seemed to imply a certain criticism of permissive dogma, had an opposition to eugenics, and analysis of insidious and subtle positive reinforcement in authoritarian societies But in reading this, he focuses multiple times on scare mongering McCarthyism eg scapegoating communism as the Ultimate Threat to Freedoms He also rants about the decline of society due to allowing disabled people to live, that society allows people with low IQs to breed, he talks of purity as if disabled population and sympathy for others is the problem, as if this way of thinking is not the very same dystopian conditions he wrote about and criticized in his book.I would like to note that the IQ system was developed for the primary purposes of presenting people of colour as innately less intelligent than white people Huxley is advocating for the eradication of all impure peoples who are not actively breeding a supreme race This includes people of colour, disabled people, homosexuals, infertile people, transgender people, people with mental illness and or neurodivergence, illerates , political dissidents, and so on Huxley doesn t seem to notice the shocking irony that he would advocate for the same dystopian system he portrayed satirically in brave new world He seems to not notice the connection between how he thinks of abnormal people, and how nazis thought of abnormal people He also has no problem trying to justify systems of oppression and propaganda as committed by the western world, on the basis that anything the western world does is for the purposes of improving the species and spreading democracy, and is therefore justified.At times he has some compelling statements about societal and individual struggles for freedom, and analysis of various methods of propaganda and control, which suggest there was still at least nominal lucidity to critique societies, but it is often overshadowed by obvious hypocrisy and an authoritarian, genocidal advocacy When his opinions are not shown, and instead he remains focused on analyzing propaganda, he makes compelling points that are farlegitimate and important to know than the opinionated points he tries to put forth as a Final Solution