Tuesday, July 27, 2010

From Brave New World Revisited

"...democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms---elections, Supreme Courts and all the rest---will remain," wrote Aldous Huxley, quoted here by — Huxley on Morphing Democracy Into Totalitarian Substance. He continued:
    The underlying substance will be a kind of non-violent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast---but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.

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