Aldous Huxley vs. George Orwell

“Amusing Ourselves To Death” is a very cool infographic showing a comparison between Aldous Huxley’s view of the future from “Brave New World” and George Orwell’s fears or vision expressed in “Nineteen-Eighty-Four”. Enjoy!

Aldous Huxley versus George Orwell

I read “Brave New World” when I was a teenager. It looks like it’s time to read it again.

Which one do you like better: “Brave New World” or “Nineteen Eighty-Four”?
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212 Responses to “Aldous Huxley vs. George Orwell”

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    I see it as both. As long as you abide and act by the plan you get the world of Huxley. Otherwise, Orwells vision starts to track you.

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    The way I see it, it’s likely to be both. Huxley’s vision would be used to gain an initial hold on society and Orwell’s vision to maintain it. Also remember, Orwell had the Proles, a politically powerless group kept fat and happy with porn and booze. Now get with the program folks and, if not, I’ll see y’all in room 101.

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    If you factor in Fahrenheit 451, you see a combination of the two. Books weren’t banned, people stopped reading them. There were feel good 3 screen TV’s starring the person in the room. But, there was always the enforcers in the background. And, add in The Time Machine, where a community of Eloi are fed and clothed by the underground Ewoks. There are no books read, the people don’t fight and do not grow old. And, George is befuddled when he realizes that everything his generation fought for has been forgotten. All good ideas and books to read.

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      Heh a society where the working class is Ewoks would be amazing They are so cute. They are certainly better than Morlocks.

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    It’s a powerful argument, but I still think Orwell was right. In BNW, Mustapha Mond explains that his society chose happiness over truth. Recent history shows us that the Left can’t care less about making people happy; they agree with O’Brien in 1984: “You see, Winston, power is not a means to an end. Power is an end.”

  8. Brilliant.

    The left fears that the Orwell future is always right around the corner (but only when a Republican is in office).

    The right fears that the Huxley future has already arrived.

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    My guess is that first we get Huxley, and then when it all collapses, we get Orwell.

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