Could this possibly be the right moment to brush up on two of the authors who impressed people most of all with their futuristic visions of the world? Isn’t it the right time to see if at least they got something right? Why not, since you have to be stuck in your house while your rulers work for your good, and you have a lot of time to appreciate old objects such as books? A lot of time to discover that some thoughts, even if they are not very much like those you found and shared on the net, are perhaps more shareable now that seem to be old and outdated, than before, badly written under a grainy picture of the author. More daring today, that require a little more courage to be expressed, than until a few years ago, used mostly for an exquisitely hipster habit.
One of the most widely shared quotes on the internet for a few years is the one attributed to Aldous Huxley, but apparently not found in any of his books:
“The perfect dictatorship would have the appearance of democracy, a prison without walls in which the prisoners would not dream of escape. A system of slavery where, through consumption and entertainment, slaves would love their servitude.”
It seems to have come from the back cover of a 1988 Brave New World french edition that would summarize Huxley’s theme and quote a passage in his letter to George Orwell about Nineteen Eighty-Four — what a correspondence:
“Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.”
Speaking to an audience at University of California, Berkeley, in 1962, Huxley admits that dystopic novels Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four were not just fiction, but blueprints for two types of controlled and enslaved societies. The speech, entitled The Ultimate Revolution surrounds the use of terrorism and pharmaceuticals to create willing slaves out of the population.
“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
But here the point is not a quote. It is neither Huxley nor Orwell. It’s my friend. He is currently looking for a new island to take refuge in, since that of his home would no longer be a place of freedom. He is convinced that “pharmacological methods” implemented through treatment obligations would already be in the air for some time, and that this virus would seem just a milder trial period to test the response of governments and populations, in view of something much bigger. Sure, since, according to him, there would be scientists able to bioengineer a virus and get it around the world like a hand luggage, and then they’d make you believe it was Batman’s fault. And this would be a weapon to resolve issues like trade wars very efficiently, with some jackal-bettors ready to withdraw the huge proceeds of their bets on any respiratory pathogen to win — yes, there would be also international investors who wouldn’t hesitate to knock economies across the world down, including that of their own countries, for their own personal benefits.
Of course all these things would never find space among the mainstream media war bulletins, in order to avoid public pressure on the indicted powers.
My friend talks about this every time by showing lots of documents and names, and asking me to publish them. Sometimes he even says bad words, blathering about the “dic**atorship” of those “dic**eads” and how it will soon lead us to total destruction, since it would have the end of the world as its sole purpose.
I always reply that if nobody wants to talk about it, then why should I? So since I said something about his case anyway and it would be probably subject to censorship, in a brand new world like this, I’ll try to put a couple of asterisks here and there to laugh all off — and maybe even save my a**, just in case.