I was in the middle of such a debate this past week between people who proposed that we are being seduced to totalitarianism by the bread and circuses of Huxley’s “Brave New World” and those who thought it was through the pain and suppression of Orwell’s “1984”.
To quote the great 21st Century progressive philosopher, H.R. Clinton: “What difference, at this point does it make?”
My argument was exactly that as proposed by the philosopher Clinton, the common denominator of Huxley and Orwell is that both are two forks that converge on a single path – big government control.
Ayn Rand agrees, saying:
“It is too obvious, too easily demonstrable that fascism and communism are not two opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same territory—that both are variants of statism, based on the collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of the state—that both are socialistic, in theory, in practice, and in the explicit statements of their leaders—that under both systems, the poor are enslaved and the rich are expropriated in favor of a ruling clique—that fascism is not the product of the political “right,” but of the “left”—that the basic issue is not “rich versus poor,” but man versus the state, or: individual rights versus totalitarian government—which means: capitalism versus socialism.”
I actually think it is both, they are but progressive stages of the devolution toward authoritarian, totalitarian rule.
The beginning stages of tyranny at a national level is the trivialization of reality as Huxley foretold. One can see that the trivialization is occurring – the airwaves are chocked full of time sucking programming ranging from the Kardashians to Ice Road Truckers. Poll after poll has proven the vapidity and ignorance of a significant number of Americans – John Ziegler interviewed several Obama voters after the 2008 election and found that most were completely ignorant of some basic facts, like which party controlled Congress. More people can identify Katy Perry than can name one Supreme Court Justice.
“Brave New World-ism” infects the populace with such a level of apathy that a majority of the people do not care that we have a proven liar as a president or Democrats routinely misrepresent reality to fit their agenda.
Central control and regulation – i.e. ridin’ dirty “1984” style – is made possible via the mindless satiation of “Brave New World-ism”. When mixed with “1984” it becomes clear that Huxley’s thoughts are the catalyst for the endgame. “1984” cannot be implemented without militaristic action or war but when we live in a brave new world, we can be eased into it without a shot being fired.
People have been sucked into a “reality” that is bland, inconsequential and safe – it appeals to the voyeuristic human desire to observe others and judge that they are somehow better or smarter than those they observe. Because the most ridiculous and embarrassing aspect of those who are watched are broadcast to the greater public, It also discourages the perpetration of any act that would stand out in fear of how that action might be captured and perceived.
Compared to the unserious and voyeuristic excitement of “Biggest Loser”, reading and learning about the Constitution seems boring and passe – I mean, that dusty old thing is like 100 years old, man. Actually anything that can’t be tweeted in 140 characters or less is way too old school to be believed…
Brave New World and 1984 are but two different poisons that result in the same predictable end – the death of liberty and individual freedom.