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Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2021
Along with the book Brave New World, which EVERYONE SHOULD READ. The book was very prescient. Especially considering it was written in 1931!
Also Must Orwell's '1984' and read 'Animal Farm' to your children and WOKE adults.
Huxley writes on his views in 1958.
Written in 1931 - Before the H-Bomb, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mao's brutal Communist China, the Cold War and the Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction Between the USA and the USSR.
The second part of the was written in 1958. Huxley writes on what has changed and what the new dangers are. He has chapters:
2) Quantity, Quality, Morality
Good intentions lead to bad results.
With progress in progress we conquer disease but does that lead to increase in #1
3) Over- Organization such as the huge growth of Buerocratic Governments, mass production and the loss of Individuals voice in the government or organization
4) Propaganda in a Democrat State.
5) Propaganda in a Dictatorship
The USA is moving closer to Propaganda in a dictatorship of Oligarchs and a few in the Government. Especially with the restrictions and increasing powers after Covid-19
6) The Art of Selling
Without an educated people and the ability to reason between fact and Propaganda we cannot have a Democracy.
7) Brainwashing. He
talks about how Communist China was able to Brainwash a legion 'Selfless Fanatics' to spread the ideals of Marism. Is our educational system doing the same thing?
8) Chemical Persuasion
Can you keep a population under control with a chemical that makes them happy, compliant and does not question its leaders like Soma in Brave New World
9) Subconscious Persuasion
Speaks used during sleeping to give Propaganda to your Subconscious.
11) Education for Freedom
...'Freedom is therefore a great good, tolerance a great vitue, intolerance a great misfortune'
After a long and stuttering march forward we reached a period where Martin Luther's Dream had nearly come totally true. But in the last 2 decades people and parties have sowed division for power.
The Scientific Method has been lost. Instead we say the majority of people believe or the government believes. And there is No TOLERANCE for those that have different ideas or scientists that have come to a different conclusion. SCIENCE is Not consensus!!!!
12) What can be done.
The march toward Individual Freedom started with the Magna Carta in 1215, 1679 the right of habeas corpus. ( 1689 British Declaration of Rights, 1776 Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, end of Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement)
But just because you are free in body does not mean you are free in mind.
Some State/i.e. country, private interest, or group (such as tech oligarchs) compell you what to think, feel and act'
Will ...'elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts remain...but underlying is a non-violent totalitarianism.