by Scotty Hendricks
13 October, 2018
from BigThink Website





His book warns us of the dangers of

mass media, passivity, and how even

an intelligent population can be driven

to gladly choose

dictatorship over freedom...


  • This 1931 novel predicted modern life almost to a (model) T.

  • While other dystopias get more press, Brave New World offers us a nightmare world that we've moved steadily towards over the last century.

  • Author Aldous Huxley's ideas on a light handed totalitarian dictatorship stand in marked contrast to the popular image of a dictatorship that relies on force.



When most people think of what dystopia our society is sprinting towards, they tend to think of 1984, The Handmaid's Tale, or the Hunger Games.


These top selling, well known, and well-written titles are excellent warnings of worlds that could come to pass that we would all do well to read.

However, one lesser-known dystopian novel has done a much better job at predicting the future than these three books.


Brave New World, written in 1931 by author, psychonaut, and philosopher Aldous Huxley, is well known but hasn't quite had the pop-culture breakthrough that the other three did.

This is regrettable, as it offers us a detailed image of a dystopia that our society is not only moving towards but would be happy to have.




Good Ford...!


Henry Ford With His Model T

(Getty Images)



In the novel, Ford is worshiped as a god for his use of the assembly line in a way that is frighteningly similar to how we swoon over tech gurus in Silicon Valley.

For those who haven't read it, Brave New World is the description of a nightmare society where everybody is perfectly happy all the time.


This is assured through,

  • Destroying the free will of most of the population using genetic engineering and Pavlovian conditioning, keeping everybody entertained continuously with endless distractions, and offering a plentiful supply of the wonder drug Soma to keep people happy if all else fails.

  • The world state is a dictatorship which strives to assure order.


  • The dictatorship is managed by ten oligarchs who rely on an extensive bureaucracy to keep the world running.


  • The typical person is conditioned to love their subservience and either be proud of the vital work they do or be relieved that they don't have to worry about the problems of the world.

  • Global stability is ensured through the Fordist religion, which is based on the teachings of Henry Ford and Sigmund Freud and involves the worship of both men.


  • The tenets of this faith encourage,

    • mass consumerism

    • sexual promiscuity

    • avoiding unhappiness at all costs

    The assembly line is praised as though it were a gift from God.

Huxley's dystopia is especially terrifying in that the enslaved population absolutely loves their slavery...


Even the characters who are smart enough to know what is going on (and why they should be concerned) are instead content with everything that is happening.


Perhaps more terrifying than other dystopian novels, in Brave New World there is truly no hope for change.

The similarities between the world of today and the world of the book are many, even if our technology hasn't quite caught up yet...