The Prophet: Aldous Huxley
A 1958 interview with Aldous Huxley. Eerily spot on.
Good interview. Thanks. I recently re-read “Brave New World” for contextualization of what we’re watching unfold.
I notice in this interview Huxley’s emphasis on proper education as an antidote to – or at least a set of tools for thwarting – the machinations of political/ideological manipulators. Of course that’s why controlling education has been a first-order goal and accomplishment. Very few Americans know, any longer, the difference between a feeling and a thought, much less the differences between first-, second-, and third-order thinking.
We’ve had plenty of warning, yet our culture slouches ever more rapidly toward “1984,” I think, rather than “Brave New World,” and seems determined to travel by way of “Lord of the Flies,” that ugly interim stage of civilization’s devolution.
Thanks for this. I still havent read 1984 but I have been through most of the other “dystopic future” classics. Brave New World struck me as the most frighteningly realistic.
We just want so badly to be distracted that we will hand power over to anyone at all it seems.
Im listening to Island as an audiobook now in fact so this interview will be great background
Hey VT. Yes indeed education is key. I don’t think he is talking about our current education system of indoctrination. I think he is talking about an education system that teaches and prizes critical thinking.
He pretty much nailed the propaganda arm of the oligarchy as well.
Some little known facts about him are interesting. He died on the same day as JFK. Also the the day C.S Lewis died. He also went out tripping on LSD.
He is one of the few people I wish I could sit down with and dialog
Island is one of my all time favorite books. I read it back in the 70’s and lost it in my travels. I searched for it for years and could not find a copy. Finally found one a few years ago. Time for a reread.
That thoughtful and nuanced discussion between Wallace and Huxley aired on network TV in 1958. They even used big words. Wallace asked thoughtful questions with excellent followups and Huxley made fine distinctions – for example when Wallace painted the lack of freedom in the Soviet Union, Huxley pointed out that the creative class of scientists enjoyed all of the freedoms with the exception of political freedom and a good bit more wealth. It speaks volumes to the dumbing down of the population over the past 60 years.
The failure of the Soviet Union in 1990 probably happened due to a number of interacting factors. I wonder if restrictions on freedom had any impact on their productivity. Perhaps freedom for the creative class was not enough.
George Orwell was trying to warn us. Aldous Huxley on the other hand, was trying to provide a blueprint. Big difference. Aldous Huxley came from a family of eugenists. You could call eugenics an underlying philosophy to the NWO.
“Eugenics is basically a movement among the elite to eradicate what they deem the inferior classes, and that’s the inferior social classes, racial classes, ethnic classes. More or less everyone who isn’t up to their standards.”
“Joining the Rockefellers in shaping the international environmental movement were their fellow oiligarchs across the Atlantic, including the British royals behind BP and the Dutch Royals behind Royal Dutch Shell. And facilitating the transition from eugenics to population control to environmentalism was Julian Huxley, brother of Brave New World author Aldous Huxley and grandson of “Darwin’s bulldog” T.H. Huxley.
Julian Huxley was a committed eugenicist, chairing the British Eugenics Society from 1959 to 1962. But, like the other eugenicists of the post-war era, he understood the need to pursue the now-discredited work of eugenics under a different guise. The founding director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Huxley wrote in the agency’s founding document (https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000068197) about the need to find ways to make the cause of eugenics politically viable once again”
“At the moment, it is probable that the indirect effect of civilisation is dysgenic instead of eugenic; and in any case it seems likely that the dead weight of genetic stupidity, physical weakness, mental instability, and disease-proneness, which already exist in the human species, will prove too great a burden for real progress to be achieved. Thus even though it is quite true that any radical eugenic policy will be for many years politically and psychologically impossible, it will be important for UNESCO to see that the eugenic problem is examined with the greatest care, and that the public mind is informed of the issues at stake so that much that now is unthinkable may at least become thinkable.”
These are two snippets from the excellent two-part documentary (with Transcripts) “How & Why Big Oil Conquered the World”: https://www.corbettreport.com/bigoil/
The eugenics movement was an important movement in the USA at the beginning of the 20th century and their philosophy inspired the nazi’s in Germany as well. But after World War II they had to go underground and couldn’t use that term in the open anymore. So they had to do it in other ways, for example by setting up institutions (eg UNESCO) that promotes the environment and reduces the population. The eugenists are certainly not going to have any less offspring, I can tell you that.
Two other links that might be interesting (although I didn’t listen to them myself but I think I get the gist of it):
“Aldous Huxley popularized the term Scientific Dictatorship to talk about his dystopian vision of a human society divided into scientific castes, but the idea preceded him and persists today, and the meme continues to infect the mind of globalists. This week we explore the meaning of the term and all of its eugenicist implications.”
“This month on Film, Literature and the New World Order we’re joined by Will Morgan of The Sync Book to discuss Aldous Huxley’s final novel, Island. A philosophical exploration of Huxley’s imagined utopia, Island raises the question of what paradise looks like and how it can be achieved. Join James and Will for this exploration of the subject from two different viewpoints and discover more about Huxley’s most overlooked work.”