Brave New World Author Aldous Huxley Predicts Global Dictatorship Tools; New Drugs, Mass Media, Group Think | 1958


A sub human, enslaved Brave New World, "just around the corner?" Aldous Huxley saw it coming and revealed the roadmap in his 1932 novel "Brave New World". In the 1950's he updated his outline for the future, broke it down, and wrote a series of essays identifying the, "Enemies Of Freedom".


Brave New World Warning | "Enemies Of Freedom", De-Centralization vs Centralized Control


Aldous Huxley shares his visions and fears for this brave new world.

In this Mike Wallace interview, discussing and promoting the essays titled "Enemies of Freedom", Aldous Huxley describes the  modern culture as being influenced by Impersonal forces pushing us in the direction of less and less freedom. "There are a number of technological devices, which anyone who wishes to use, can use to accelerate this process," he begins.


The First Impersonal Force, Over Population

Aldous Huxley saw this as the most important force of the time. Before the shutdown, we have been on the cusp of solving that without centralized control, in as much as data shows that as the standard of living is raised, the less children are born. Still his analysis of the stress on resources and the propensity of centralization continue to be major factors today.
Beginning in the late 60's until our present global shutdown, the curve in the poorest of countries had been increasingly in favor of, leveling population, more food, better nutrition, longer life span, rise in per capita income, better sanitation, health etc. This on the heals of the expanding global economy, since the 1980's. An expanding economy, allowed more freedom and opportunity for a growing few in those countries, which created a momentum of opportunity for others around them in new business/labor employment opportunities.
Rather than discrediting Aldous Huxley as a futurist, the weakening trend in overpopulation, proves a part of his hypothesis. That being; More freedom and opportunity is a better method of solving problems than centralized control. No centralized control model of the time, facing a never before experienced global challenge, could have anticipated that raising the living standard, would arrest the birth cycle proportionately. But spending less time in merely searching for daily food, made the need for children to care for you in your old age less important. Now you had more time in the day to do other things. You could work for money to buy things and hold more assets to carry you past your ability to work. You don't need as many children to care for you as all are earning more.

His Essential Over Population Concern

His major fear in all of this was that powerful central control advocates would use the over population crises, which seemed out of control at the time of his writing. This could make it impossible to explore decentralized solutions to the problem.


The Force of Over Organization

He observed that this was specifically a serious problem facing the U.S more than other countries. Think, Silicon Valley, and the present Intertwining of corporate/government bureaucracies.
"As technology becomes more and more complicated, it becomes necessary to have more and more elaborate organizations, more hierarchical organizations, The advance in technology has been accompanied by an advance in organization. It is now possible to make organizations on a larger and larger scale than was ever possible before. Therefore you have more and more people living out their lives as subordinates in these hierarchical systems, controlled by bureaucracies. Bureaucracies of businesses and big government."


Devices Available For Population Control

He begins by giving an account of the history he lived. Hitler used a combination of terror, with a constant media bombardment of his message everyday. So the citizens were enveloped in a controlled information and reward punishment environment. Hitler, he notes, "was able to impose his will on an immense mass of people. I mean the Germans were a highly educated people". There was no television then only radio. Now with television and all the communications tech, Huxley only glimpsed, he argues we have many more tools available that could if one wanted to, be used to control the worlds population.
"We must not be caught by surprise by our own technology." He further warns;
"This has happened again and again in history with technologies advance this changes social conditions, and suddenly people have found themselves in a situation which they didn't foresee, and doing all sorts of things they didn't really want to do."

MASS Centralized Media

The TV of the time (1958), was being used harmlessly enough, other than he noted it was at worse in the 1950's, a means of constant distraction. In the Soviet Union in 1958, he observes, mass TV and other communication are not used to broadcast a large number of opposing views, but instead hammer home a constant message of one point of view. He recognizes, "All technology is in and of itself morally neutral". but he adds, the purpose one puts it to, must be seen for what it is or people will get caught by surprise.


In 1984, he describes an imaginary corporate/government project to produce a reward drug to motivate people for population control called Soma. As he describes it, "It was a very versatile drug. It would make people feel happy in small doses, make them see visions in medium doses, and send them to sleep in large doses." 
Then he talks about beneficial drugs that alter states of mind without causing dependency, which he believes should be explored by individuals. He predicts new  drugs to control not only the mind by the  physiology are also inevitable given the research of the 1950's 


Dictatorships of the Future

They will be unlike the dictatorship of the past." "1984", by George Orwell he mentions, talks about a world governed by terror and violence. He says, "Dictators will find that you can do anything you want with bayonets but sit on them. If you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled." This he argues is because violence and terror eventually make life intolerable to the point of a majority having little to lose by facing death and overthrowing the ruler. 
Dictatorships of the future will use new kinds of drugs and new forms of mass communication to control the People. -  "They will do it by bypassing the sort of rational side of man, and appealing to his subconscious, and his deeper emotion. And his physiology even. And so making him actually love his slavery".

Tools For Future U.S. Dictatorship, Existing In 1958

INFLUENCE OF MADISON AVENUE MARKETING TECH, OVER ISSUES IN CAMPAIGNS. Marketing candidates as personality products similar to other products like tooth paste, rather than focusing on the rationale and issues forming the reasoning of the candidate. - "All that is needed is money and a candidate that can be coached to look sincere. The personality of the candidate. The way he is projected by the advertising experts are the things that really matter" 
SUBLIMINAL MESSAGING. One year earlier, the public first became aware of hidden messaging in TV ads and other broadcast material. Although the practice in that form, was outlawed, Huxley predicts new forms of psychological, subliminal technology development. Anticipates MK Ultra, already beginning from the publicly disclosed subliminal messaging tech. He observes, "Once you have a principle that is proven to work, you can be absolutely sure that the technology of it is going to improve steadily."


RUNNING POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS. Mr. Huxley states, "What their particular purpose is of selling goods and what the dictatorial propagandists do, is to bypass the rational side of man, and appeal to these unconscious forces below the surface. So that you are in a way, making nonsense of the whole democratic procedure, which is based on conscious choice on rational grounds."
INFLUENCE ON CHILDREN. Mr. Huxley observes the new 1950's phenomenon of children singing commercials. A core Advertising principle, is loyal branding of children. Childhood brand loyalty has proven to make them loyal consumers as adults. The dictator wants loyal subjects so this tool is particularly dangerous and must be watched carefully he warns.


Resisting Dictatorships

These are the essential elements of freedom from dictatorships.

Education must insist upon and teach cultivation of individual values

Beware of group morality and group ethics he warns. "It makes the group somehow more important than the individual".
"This is in direct contradiction to what we know of the genetic makeup of human beings, that every human being is unique. It is of course on this genetical basis that the whole idea of the value of freedom is based." 


More from the "Enemies Of Freedom" Interview

Aldous Huxley interviewed by Mike Wallace : 1958 (Full)




Essay From "Enemies Of Freedom" Courier


Analyzing the gravest threats facing humanity, the British novelist Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) recommended that a world Bill of Rights should include efforts to increase available resources to meet the needs of the world's population; limiting the power of those who, through their wealth or hierarchical position, effectively dominating the masses of ordinary, unprivileged men and women who constituted the majority; and better controlling the applied sciences. He elaborated on these suggestions in his response to UNESCO's survey on the philosophical foundations of human rights, sent in June 1947, under the title, “The Rights of Man and the Facts of the Human Situation”.

Aldous Huxley

The increasing pressure of population upon resources and the waging, threat of, and unremitting preparation for, total war – these are, at the present time, the most formidable enemies to liberty.

About three quarters of the 2.2 billion inhabitants of our planet do not have enough to eat. By the end of the present century, world population will have increased (if we manage to avoid catastrophe in the interval) to about 3.3 billion. Meanwhile, over vast areas of the earth’s surface, soil erosion is rapidly diminishing the fortuity of mankind’s four billion acres of productive land. Moreover, in those countries where industrialism is most highly developed, mineral resources are running low, or have been completely exhausted – and this at a time when a rising population demands an ever-increasing quantity of consumer goods and when improved technology is in a position to supply that demand.

Heavy pressure of population upon resources threatens liberty in several ways. Individuals have to work harder and longer to earn a poorer living. At the same time the economic situation of the community as a whole is so precarious that small mishaps, such as untoward weather conditions, may result in serious breakdowns. There can be little or no personal liberty in the midst of social chaos; and where social chaos is reduced to order by the intervention of a powerful centralized executive, there is a grave risk of totalitarianism.

Because of the mounting pressure of population upon resources, the twentieth century has become the golden age of centralized government and dictatorship, and has witnessed the wholesale revival of slavery, which has been imposed upon political heretics, conquered populations and prisoners of war.

Throughout the nineteenth century, the New World provided cheap food for the teeming masses of the Old World and free land for the victims of oppression. Today the New World holds a large and growing population, there is no free land and over the vast areas, the much- abused soil is losing its fertility. The New World still produces a large exportable surplus. Whether, fifty years from now, it will still have a surplus, with which to feed the three billion inhabiting the Old World seems doubtful.

A world under martial law

By destroying accumulated wealth and the sources of future production, total war has sharply increased the pressure of existing populations upon their resources and has thereby sharply curtailed the liberties of vast numbers of men and women, belonging not only to the vanquished nations, but also to those which were supposed to be victorious. At the same time the fear of, and busy preparation for, another total war in the near future is everywhere resulting in an ever greater concentration of political and economic power.

Bitter experience has proved that no individual or group of individuals is fit to be entrusted with great powers for long periods of time. The socialist rulers of welfare states may imagine that they and their successors will be immune to the corrupting influence of the enormous powers which total war and mounting population pressure have forced upon them; but there is, unfortunately, no reason to suppose that they will prove to be exceptions to the general rule. The abuse of power can be avoided only by limiting the amount and duration of the authority entrusted to any person, group or class.

But so long as we are menaced by total war and mounting population pressures, it seems very unlikely that we shall get anything but a steadily increasing concentration of power in the hands of the ruling political bosses and their bureaucratic managers. Meanwhile conscription, or military servitude, is almost everywhere imposed upon the masses. This means in practice that, at any moment, a man may be deprived of his constitutional liberties and subjected to martial law. Recent history has shown that even socialist rulers are ready to resort to this device for coercing persons engaged in inconvenient strikes.

It is virtually certain that, at the present time, no government actually desires war. But it is also probable that many governments would be reluctant to give up all preparations for war; for such preparations justify them in maintaining conscription as an instrument of control and coercion. And we may add that universal disarmament, if it should ever be achieved, would not necessarily mean the end of conscription.

Compulsory service to the States will probably persist in some other than military form ‒ as a scheme for the “training of youth”, for example, or as a “labour draft”. To a highly centralized government, the advantages arising from the power to regiment and coerce its subjects are too great to be lightly sacrificed.

A constitutional Bill of Rights, whose principles are applied in specific legislation, can certainly do something to protect the masses of ordinary, unprivileged men and women against the few who, through wealth or hierarchical position, effectively wield power over the majority. But prevention is always better than cure. Mere paper restrictions, designed to curb the abuse of a power already concentrated in a few hands, are but the mitigations of an existing evil. Personal liberty can be made secure only by abolishing the evil altogether.

A matter of science

To provide all of the 2.2 billion persons at present inhabiting the planet with a nutritionally adequate diet, it would be necessary to double the existing food supply. It will take years, by conventional methods, to achieve this goal and by that time the population will be, not two billion, but more than three – and malnutrition will be very nearly as serious and as widespread as it is today.

Every industrial nation spends huge sums on research into the techniques of mass destruction. Thus, two billion dollars went into the production of the atomic bomb and many hundreds of millions more are at present being spent upon research into rockets, jet planes, the dissemination of pneumonic plague and the wholesale destruction of food plants.

If comparable amounts of money and scientific ability could be devoted to the problem of producing foodstuffs artificially, it seems likely enough that methods would quickly be found for providing the half-starved millions of Europe and Asia with an adequate diet. The synthesis of chlorophyll, for example, might be, for the later twentieth century, the equivalent of what the exploitation of the empty lands of the New World was for the nineteenth. It would reduce the pressure of population upon resources and thereby remove one of the principal reasons for highly centralized, totalitarian control of individual lives.

The prosperity of an industrialized society is proportionate to the rapidity with which it squanders its irreplaceable natural capital. Over large areas of the earth's surface, easily available deposits of useful minerals have already been exhausted, or are running low; with the increase in population and the progressive improvement in industrial techniques, the drain upon the planet's remaining resources is bound to be accelerated.

Useful minerals are very unevenly distributed. Some countries are exceedingly rich in these natural resources, others lack them completely. When a powerful nation possesses a natural monopoly in some indispensable mineral, it is thereby enabled to increase its already formidable influence over its less fortunate neighbours. Where a weak nation finds itself blessed, or cursed, with a natural monopoly, its stronger neighbours are tempted to acts of aggression or “peaceful penetration”.

Scientific workers have it in their power to postpone the day of planetary bankruptcy and to mitigate the political dangers inherent in the existence of natural monopolies. What is needed is a new Manhattan Project(link is external), under international auspices, for the development of universally available surrogates for the unevenly distributed and soon-to-be-exhausted minerals, on which our industrial civilization depends for its very existence ‒ e.g. wind power and sun power to take the place of power produced by coal, petroleum and that most dangerous of all fuels, uranium; glass and plastics as substitutes, wherever possible, for such metals as copper, tin, nickel and zinc.

A project of this kind would be valuable in several ways. It would shift our industrial civilization on to a foundation more permanent than that accelerating exploitation of wasting assets, on which it rests at present; it would break those natural monopolies which are a standing temptation to war; and finally it would make possible an extension of personal liberty and a reduction of the powers wielded by the ruling minority.

A moral issue

We now come to the ethical problems confronting scientific workers as individuals and as members of professional organizations. Whatever may have been the wishes of the inventors and technicians involved, applied science has in fact resulted in the creation of monopolistic industries, controlled by private capitalists or centralized national governments. It has led to the concentration of economic power, strengthened the hands of the few against the many and increased the destructiveness of war.

Applied science in the service, first, of big business and then of government has made possible the modern totalitarian state. And applied science in the service of war departments and foreign offices has begotten the flamethrower, the rocket, saturation bombing and the gas chamber, and is now in the process of perfecting methods for roasting whole populations by atomic explosions and for killing the survivors by means of man-made leukemia and artificially-disseminated plague.

The time has surely come when scientific workers must consider, individually and collectively, the ethical problem of “right livelihood”. How far is a man justified in following a course of professional action which, though involving no immediate wrong-doing, results in social consequences which are manifestly undesirable or downright evil? Specifically, how far is it right for the scientist or technologist to participate in work, the outcome of which will be to increase the concentration of power in the hands of the ruling minority and to provide soldiers with the means for the wholesale extermination of civilians?

Up to the present, applied science has been, to a great extent, at the service of monopoly, oligarchy and nationalism. But there is nothing in the nature of science or technology which makes it inevitable that this should be so.

Professionally speaking, it would be just as easy for the scientific worker to serve the cause of peace as of war, of personal liberty, voluntary cooperation and self-government, as of monopolistic statism or capitalism, universal regimentation and dictatorship. The difficulties are not technical; they lie in the realms of philosophy and morals, of value judgements and the will that acts upon those judgements.

Discover other online articles by Aldous Huxley in the Courier:

A defence of the intellect, December 1993.

The double crisis, April 1949.

Aldous Huxley

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