A Brave New World for U.S.
Finding parallels between classic novel, real-world America
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 23:12
As I look at this country, across our social landscape riddled with political, ethical and economic problems, I see a nation once held as the closest thing to a utopia on modern-day Earth moving along a dystopic plot-line straight out of a novel.
The novel I am talking about, in this case, is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
This book is about a futuristic society set in 2540 A.D., or 632 years “After Ford,” meaning 632 years after the production of the first Model T car, where science is used to control the masses and the individual is sacrificed for the good of the state.
In the foreword of this book, Huxley outlines a plan for how a dystopic society like the fictional one depicted in his book could come about in the real world under a totalitarian government.
His statements and predictions seemed so familiar to me as I was reading them that, had I not known better, I would have sworn I was reading about America today.
The first thing he says a totalitarian government would do is try and control its citizens by enslaving them.
The key to doing this is to use propaganda and other means to distract the masses so that they do not have to be coerced but instead, “love their servitude.”
Perhaps never before in history has a society, both individually and generally, been as distracted as ours, with mindless television shows and advertisements scrolling across every TV, laptop, phone and iPad.
Along with that, the liberals and progressives in our government wear away at our liberties by making “soft paternal” laws designed to protect us from ourselves by pushing us in the “right direction” because, after all, the government knows best.
Huxley goes on to talk about the government solving the problem of, “permanent security,” where the people rely solely on the state for protection by sacrificing personal liberty.
One way they do this is erasing all history, good and bad, from the minds of citizens, not unlike how Common Core curriculum is rewriting and leaving out important parts of our history, perhaps so our children won’t learn about democracy or social revolution.
Huxley says that “the love of servitude” and “permanent security” cannot be established without first a “deep, personal revolution in human minds and bodies.”
The first step toward this revolution is “a greatly improved technique of suggestion” through conditioning and aid of drugs for young children.
In our world, over 263 million drugs were prescribed to young patients in 2010, according to a study published in Pediatrics.
Next, the government should provide a mind-altering drug to dull the senses and allow a mental escape for citizens. Huxley calls this drug “soma” in his book, the effects of which are oddly similar to that of alcohol or, even more so, to marijuana, which has become a hot topic of debate in our society today over its legality.
The last step he mentions, admitting that it would take years to achieve even under a totalitarian government, is a “foolproof system of eugenics.”
While what we have today is not exactly foolproof, the U.S. Fertility Clinic did announce in 2009 a system that will allow parents the opportunity to obtain “tailor-made” offspring.
He goes on to talk about increases in divorce rates and sexual promiscuity and how they would contribute to the downfall of freedom under a totalitarian government.
These are only a few example of the book’s similarities to our real world situation, and while not all of Huxley’s statements or predictions made in the foreword or the rest of the book apply to us, the parallels that can be drawn between our society and a Brave New World simply cannot be ignored.
We may still be a far cry from a totalitarian government, a tailor-made race, or a government-elicited drug, but it is my belief that unless things change, we are heading down a path to total state control not all that dissimilar to the society in “Brave New World.”
The only solution Huxley offers to deter this “tendency toward statism” is a “large-scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help.”
What that means for us is to see past the propaganda and demand a smaller, less-invasive governing body.
We need to hold ourselves to a standard of individual responsibility. People these days are becoming so dependent on the government for everything that they become blind to the loss of their liberties.
We have to deny the liberal ideas of progressivism, reject the plans of current Democrats and Republicans, and accept conservative options for preserving our freedoms.
This country is a divided country where everyone is hesitant to trust each other.
If we do not overcome this and work together, then we, as a nation, are doomed.