In January of 2009, I made this post entitled "Our Brave New World Order" that used Neil Postman's comparison and contrast of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984 as a starting point to come up with the many ways in which Huxley's vision of a future dystopia has already come to pass.
12 months later, Jim Quinn, a Lew Rockwell.com columnist, has done the same thing...but with more details, including statistics, graphs and tables to make the same point that I had arrived at intuitively.
As Lew Rockwell.com put it in their hyperlink to Quinn's Brave New World - 2009 article, "Read Orwell and Huxley to understand America."
He leads off with a great quote from Huxley:
"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."
~ Aldous Huxley
This is precisely what I think whenever I encounter people that express the idea that we human beings as a society, are "more advanced and evolved" than our forbears of the past.
So many people mistake technological advancement and luxurious existence afforded by technology for the evolution of a 'better humanity.'
Such fools never realize that it is precisely through the use of advanced technology that they are controlled, enslaved and they don't even realize it.
Quinn than goes to draw the parallels between Huxley's fictional society that governs cultural sexuality and reproduction with our current reality:
The novel takes place in the year 2540 in London. The disturbing aspect is that we are now in the year 2009 and much of Huxley’s vision has come to fruition. At the heart of the World State’s control of its population is its rigid control over sexual mores and reproductive rights. Reproductive rights are controlled through an authoritarian system that sterilizes about two-thirds of women, requires the rest to use contraceptives, and surgically removes ovaries when it needs to produce new humans. The act of sex is controlled by a system of social rewards for promiscuity and lack of commitment.
Of course the primary difference is that we don't have an authoritarian system that sterilizes 2/3rds of all women, nor do they require women to use contraceptives. That is not really necessary. Turns out that through indoctrination via mass media culture and institutionalized conditioning (our entire educational system), the system of social rewards for promiscuity and the lack of commitment have been more than enough to institute voluntary adherence to the elite's population control agenda.
As Quinn notes:
The United States has restricted population growth through a number of methods. Abortion on demand was made the law of the land in 1973. Since that date 50 million abortions have been performed in the U.S.
Over 12 million women in the U.S. use the pill (available since 1960) on a daily basis in order to avoid pregnancy. The morning after pill was introduced in 1999. Planned Parenthood, created in 1916, has 850 locations in the United States offering easy access to abortions and other forms of contraception. The net result of these government-supported efforts has been to cut the birth rate in half in the last century.
There is no need of authoritarian enforcement of a population control agenda if you can influence the masses to accept it willingly and eagerly on their own. This is precisely what the feminist agenda set out to accomplish, population control, both literally and figuratively.
Quinn also drew parallels between the caste system of Huxley's novel and the conditioning members of each caste received to America's current socio-economic caste system:
Those in control of America also use conditioning and teaching to keep the lower classes in their place. The ruling elite send their children to exclusive private schools, grooming them for Harvard, Yale and Stanford. This guarantees they will be given the high-level positions in business and government. After decades of pumping billions of tax dollars into public schools while instituting politically correct diversity programs to dumb down the curriculum, the ruling elite have conditioned a vast swath of Americans to care more about Tiger Woods’ driving and night putting skills than about the National Debt or the insidiousness of Federal Reserve–induced inflation.
Oh yes, as a country, we most certainly have been deliberately dumbed down by our public school system.
Quinn's next point compares the Bread and Circuses to distract the masses of Huxley's novel and our current entertainment-industrial complex:
Another technological method of keeping the masses tranquilized and distracted in the Brave New World is through high-tech sports and entertainment. Sport is a pillar of the World State consisting of various games and activities which use high-tech equipment. Another key aspect of entertainment is the "feelies." Users rest their hands on metal knobs protruding from the arms of their chair, allowing them to feel the physical sensations of the actors on-screen (usually in sexually-themed films). The mass production of HDTVs, CD players, Laptop computers, Blackberries, iPhones, iPods, luxury automobiles and other electronic toys distributed to the masses through easy credit policies has successfully distracted the populace from the pillaging of the country by the Alphas at Goldman Sachs. The feelies of today are 24-hour cable TV with 600 stations, downloadable movies, an unlimited amount of free porn on the internet, strip joints, and prostitution. Sports addicts can attend baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, wrestling, boxing, auto racing, and Michael Vick sponsored dog-fighting events year round, or watch it on TV 24 hours per day. With mindless jobs and unlimited distractions, the preponderance of citizens are as docile as sheep.
We the Sheeple indeed!
Quinn than compares our wasteful, consumer culture to the same mentality in the socially engineered culture of Brave New World:
Our economic advancement has been marketed to Americans as "true happiness from consumption." Every need can be realized through material gain. Success as a society is measured by GDP growth and the façade of prosperity. In Brave New World children are conditioned from birth to value consumption with such platitudes as "ending is better than mending," which means buy a new one instead of fixing the old one. America has become the definitive throwaway society.
The wasteful consumption and throwaway mentality are often used to indict "Free Market Capitalism." I believe that true free market capitalism worked just fine when Americans used to have a much different attitude towards consumerism, thrift, savings and valuing what you did have and making it last. The 'disposable' economy is the direct product of the subversion of free market capitalism into our current reality of "crony capitalism" or corporatist fascism.
The mass media is owned and controlled by mega-corporations run by the Alphas of our society. Colleges graduate thousands of people with the skills to manipulate the uninformed masses through advertising and propaganda. What passes for news organizations are just propaganda machines for a particular point of view. The public is distracted by the seemingly major differences between the two main political parties. The reality is that both parties are controlled by banking and corporate interests who pay for the laws that benefit their interests.
This is precisely the hardest point to try and get so many people to understand - that our two party system is a grand sham of political theater, and that both the donkeys and the elephants are not as different as the Corporate Government media complex would like you to think...remember:
Government Regulation + Industry = Cartel
Cartel = Corporatism
Corporatism = Economic Fascism
Quinn than compared our current reality, our technological advancement and material wealth with even recent previous generations:
The United States is the richest most powerful country in the history of the world. Our poorest live better than the aristocracy lived 100 years ago. We have indoor plumbing, air-conditioning, heaters, clean water, automobiles, trains, jet airplanes, televisions, CD players, portable gadgets galore, free public education, fast food, gyms to work off the fast food, movies, the internet, restaurants, bars, concerts, sporting events, casinos, home improvement stores, grocery stores, discount stores, Wal-Mart, clothes stores, jewelry stores, dollar stores, churches, Disney World, Las Vegas, and Graceland. These are the "things" that are supposed to make Americans happy. Going into the woods alone, like Thoreau, to think is frowned upon. The propagandists sell the American public happiness in the form of material goods and services. If you don’t feel happy, take a pill. If you aren’t happy with your appearance have plastic surgery. If your spouse isn’t making you happy, cheat or get a divorce and try again. If your neighbor outdoes you by getting a $20,000 kitchen remodel, get yourself a $40,000 kitchen remodel. Happiness is a 6,000 sq ft McMansion with 5 bathrooms, a pool, game room, and Jacuzzi for your family of three. Having your neighbors see you driving a BMW 750Li will surely make you happy. Wearing a Rolex will definitely make you happy. If you die with the most toys, you’re still dead. Until reading a book to your three-year-old at bedtime is valued more than staying at the office until 10:00 pm to complete an investment offering, our society is destined for decline.
Destined? We are already well on our way along that particular trajectory!
In reconsidering Neal Postman's comparison and contrast of 1984 and Brave New World, Quinn concludes:
Our civilization has fused the worst of both novels. Many people in our country aren’t capable of reading a book. Supposedly educated people have no interest in reading a book. The government withholds or manipulates information that is spoon-fed to the public. Trivial meaningless information floods the airwaves, keeping the public continuously diverted from seeking truth. The truth is lost in shades of grey and purposeful misinformation. Supposed differences between the ruling parties distract the public from realizing they are being fleeced by those in power. Government has used fear to create agencies and departments that have taken away our liberties and freedoms through Orwellian surveillance techniques. Our dumbed-down culture of hero worship, material pleasures, and ego enhancement is the representation of triviality. The Alphas have used our fears and desires to distract us from their plans to dominate and control every aspect of our lives. Their success is all but assured at this point.
Brave New World was written in 1931. So much he described has come to pass, I no longer think it was some sort of coincidence. Huxley most definitely had some kind of exposure to the inside knowledge of the plans and machinations of the Global elite and their goals in socially engineering the Brave New World Order we all live in today.