Friday, June 21, 2013

The Orwell-Huxley Combinatorial Authoritarianism

Those Miller Lite commercials of the 1980s (Tastes great?  Less filling?) are apropos to an analysis of the differing visions of oppression and authoritarianism that two famous writers saw as our future - George Orwell versus Aldous Huxley.  Here is a brief primer titled Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression?  

Will we be brutally repressed or subtly anesthetized?  Will we succumb to physical domination or mental torpor?  Should we fear the NSA's Prism project and the FBI's drones or YouTube and Xbox?

Who was right, Orwell or Huxley?

Answer: Both


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