An analysis of western democracies in brave new world by aldous huxley

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Their critical faculties are undeveloped. At the rate of increase prevailing between the birth of Christ and the death of Queen Elizabeth I, it took sixteen centuries for the population of the earth to double.

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Our Freud Huxley's phrase. Or is it something more? Can we accept the theories on which the social engineers base their practice, and in terms of which they justify their manipulations of human beings? Among the masses "instinct is supreme, and from instinct comes faith. The morally squeamish intellectual may be shocked by this kind of thing. All this is fairly easy in the fields of physical science and technology. What is demonstrably good in the sphere of economics may be far from good for men and women as voters or even as human beings. In refusing soma — the conventional means of remaining perpetually happy — Bernard believes himself to be a rebellious, authentic human being. From the word "Malthusian," referring to the theory developed by English economist Thomas Malthus , that the world population tends to increase faster than the food supply with inevitable disastrous results unless natural restrictions, such as war, famine, and disease, reduce the population or the increase is checked by moral restraint.

In the totalitarian East there is political censorship, and the media of mass communication are controlled by the State. Today the little ones warble the Singing Commercials. But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power.

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In the totalitarian East there is political censorship, and the media of mass communication are controlled by the State. Here the relevant facts often elude us. It can and, no doubt, it will.

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Most women are sterile or practice contraception, yet they must submit to a chemically induced fake pregnancy to maintain their physical and psychological health.

In Fordian times, Mond's lecture makes clear, consumption and the enjoyment of consumption is the primary human activity.

In the West, it is true, individual men and women still enjoy a large measure of freedom.

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Huxley on "Propaganda in a Democratic Society"