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The Brave New World vs 1984 debate

Michael Cook BioEdge Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a touchstone for much commentary on contemporary bioethical debates, from moral enhancement to genetic engineering to assisted reproduction. Published in 1933, its vision now seems prophetic – at least in some … Continue reading

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Emmanuel Goldstein (George Orwell) Ignorance is Strength (1949)

Panarchy.org Note: Here is George Orwell at his best. This is Chapter I of The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, to be read preferably after Chapter III (War is Peace) because it ends in a suspended way that allows … Continue reading

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Emmanuel Goldstein (George Orwell) War is Peace (1949)

Panarchy Note: This is Chapter III of The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism by Emmanuel Goldstein, the book that Winston Smith is reading in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” before being arrested. If somebody wants to know where the current … Continue reading

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George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946

Vincent Ferraro Mtholyoke.edu Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization … Continue reading

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Dystopic QOTD: Huxley to Orwell on Hypnosis and Governance

Dan Hirschman A Sociologist Letters of Note is a fantastic blog that posts fascinating, inspiring and sometimes frightening bits of correspondence, often between famous writers. Today’s offering is a letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell following the publication of … Continue reading

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Aldous Huxley – Speech at UC Berkeley, The Ultimate Revolution [1962]

Youtube “…Within the next generation I believe that the world’s leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely … Continue reading

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