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Aldous Huxley interviewed by Mike Wallace


Last Edited: February 4, 2009, 5:28 am

Part 2 of 3

"You're being persuaded below the level of choice and reason."


Entry #203


ToddComment by Todd - February 4, 2009, 9:50 am
WOW, what a tremendous interview. Check it out at 3:34.

At 4:14: "The personality is important, but there are certainly people with an extremely amiable personality, particularly on TV, who might not necessarily be very good in positions of political trust."

Huxley nailed it all -- the over-medicated society, the totalitarian government that makes people "happy" to be controlled, the methods of breaking down people and implanting new ideas.

At 5:47:

Mike Wallace: "And we'll be persuaded to vote for a candidate that we do not know that we are being persuaded to vote for?"

Huxley: "Exactly, this is rather alarming, that you're being persuaded below the level of choice and reason."

At 6:24: "What does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest in any given circumstance."

And his description of how the public will be controlled with the exact methods that the mainstream media uses today to alter public perception:

At 9:08: "It's a way of getting hold of a person and playing both on his physiology and his psychology until he really breaks down, and then you can implant a new idea in his head."

We have indeed entered a Brave New World...
jarasanComment by jarasan - February 4, 2009, 4:07 pm
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance". Aldous Huxley.

Universal Soma for all! Fortunately only one in six in these here country was fooled this last time around.
konaneComment by konane - February 4, 2009, 4:52 pm
Yep definitely subliminals ARE been used by press-talking-heads/entertainers. But this election cycle the media dropped its guard and might as well have put their vote for message on billboards, broadcast on tv 24/7.

We're all having our defenses torn down with the carefully planned and orchestrated financial free fall. Depends on whether we go running to mother-government for the solution or tap into out American ingenuity.
justxploringComment by justxploring - February 4, 2009, 7:01 pm
Funny how people comment on what fits their agenda. What about Orwell's 1984, which he mentions? Big Brother began watching us 8 years ago!
time*treatComment by time*treat - February 4, 2009, 7:30 pm
jxp, are you sure BB began watching *only* 8 years ago?
konaneComment by konane - February 4, 2009, 11:25 pm
Think they began during the Cold War era or maybe even before. With J Edgar Hoover in charge of the FBI anyone could end up with a file. He was instrumental in forming the FBI in 1932 and remained as their director until his death in 1972.
jarasanComment by jarasan - February 5, 2009, 3:50 pm
Big Brother gave out coupons for digital air broadcast convertors so he could spy on you, but his evil plan went awry, when all were bought up and were resold on Ebay! Something that wasn't on the agenda whence BB self actualized.
TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - February 7, 2009, 3:35 am
We read Brave New World in high school english class but more recently I saw the movie they made of it. The society was one on Soma (anti-depressants), everyone was encouraged to stay single and sleep around. This one couple, the outlaws of the story decided they wanted off drugs and to get married and have a child. Oh yeah, children were discouraged. Does any of this sound familiar?
Great post. Uncanny how his words fit today.
There's a website about the book 1984. . .150 things in that book have come to pass.

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