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Aldous Huxley and George Orwell’s books both envisioned a dystopic future America. But they differ on how they exert control over society. While 1984 accomplishes societal control through fear, surveillance, censorship and brute force, the “Brave New World” controls people through entertainments, distraction and technocracy. Many readers have argued over which version is more probable, others have argued that they were more of a blueprint than a warning. And still others have suggested that they could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. In this interview, we get the perspective of a young man who grew up in East Germany and lived to see the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

Show Notes

President Truman’s Farewell Address and warning about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex

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