Do people still read Brave New World?

Do people still read Brave New World?

by Jon Rappoport

October 14, 2016

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

Rule by technocracy—that is the subject of this article. In such a future, there would be no politicians. They would have been made extinct…

Huxley’s 1932 novel about a World State and its version of Utopia is still one of the most important and relevant novels of our time.

It is the companion piece to Orwell’s 1984. The overt brutal force has been removed from the equation in Brave New World. Instead: all births are synthetic, hatched in artificial womb factories, with accompanying genetic manipulation; no more nuclear families; no more monogamy; education is achieved through hypnotic sleep-learning; a caste system is engineered so the lower, less intelligent classes are happy with their lot, and the upper-level “alphas” occupy the top positions; the castes have little interest in associating with each other.

Technocracy has triumphed.

The theme of life, the basic theme, is Pleasure. Pleasures of the senses. Not of the mind, not of constructive action, certainly not of imagination. Pleasure keeps the citizens of the World State occupied…and if that fails, the ultimate backup is a drug called Soma, which relieves anxiety and depression and stimulates “happiness.”

There are many people living among us today who would opt for that life in a heartbeat. They would see no downside. “Well, of course. Sign me up. I’ve been trying to find that pleasure all along. I’ll take it.”

The 1932 technocrats of Brave New World found a key. Why should they waste time trying to inflict pain on the population as a control mechanism? Why should they risk rebellion and revolution? Go “positive.” Give people pleasure. Absolutely.

All older forms of government fade away. They were just crude experiments in the foothills of the one and only revolution: technology deployed to pacify the world.

By the way, in Brave New World, no one reads books. They’re unnecessary. They make no sense. The “better life” is already a living fact. What possible benefit could a book deliver?

Every time I read Brave New World I see complacent animals grazing in pastures. That’s the picture. Human animals at peace in the fields. Nothing to care about. Nothing to think about. Just bend and chew. Don’t worry, be happy.

As Patrick Wood mentions in his fine and highly recommended book, Technocracy Rising, Huxley began writing Brave New World as a parody of other utopian novels of his time, but he became fascinated with his own ideas along the way, and set his mind to the task of fleshing out a technological end-game civilization.

Brave New World reveals a landscape in which people would be unable to turn around and throw off what has been done to them. They would not consider it. They would have no basis for comparison. They would have no cultural memory. They are living in a universal super-welfare state. Their needs are satisfied—especially the central need: pleasure. It isn’t gained or worked for. It’s given. It’s a fact as basic as rain and sun. It’s there. It’s the shortest distance between the present moment and the next moment.

Isn’t this the fairy tale told about rich and famous celebrities? They can wake up in the morning thinking about what pleasure is immediately there for the taking. They have the means. They have the time. They have the opportunity. In Brave New World, everyone is that kind of creature. By necessity. There is no real choice. Their most base desires are their only desires. Their horizon is shortened.

Here are several choice quotes from Huxley’s masterwork:

“Hot tunnels alternated with cool tunnels. Coolness was wedded to discomfort in the form of hard X-rays. By the time they were decanted the embryos had a horror of cold. They were predestined to emigrate to the tropics, to be miner and acetate silk spinners and steel workers. Later on their minds would be made to endorse the judgment of their bodies. ‘We condition them to thrive on heat,’ concluded Mr. Foster. ‘Our colleagues upstairs will teach them to love it’.”

“Feeling lurks in that interval of time between desire and its consummation. Shorten that interval, break down all those old unnecessary barriers.”

“No pains have been spared to make your lives emotionally easy – to preserve you, so far as that is possible, from having emotions at all.”

“A gramme [of the pleasure drug Soma] is better than a damn.”

The foundation of Brave New World conditioning: with enough basic pleasure, there is no need to think, to contemplate, to assess, to investigate; there is no need to imagine new realities because the current one is more than sufficient; there is no need to rebel because when a person is attuned to pleasure as the highest value—and he has pleasure—what is there to object to?

Exit From the Matrix

Lee Silver, an enthusiastic molecular biologist at Princeton, has written a book, Remaking Eden (1998), about the future of gene science in society. This is how he sees things playing out:

“The GenRich—who account for ten percent of the American population—all carry synthetic genes. All aspects of the economy, the media, the entertainment industry, and the knowledge industry are controlled by members of the GenRich class….

“Naturals work as low-paid service providers or as laborers. [Eventually] the GenRich class and the Natural class will become entirely separate species with no ability to crossbreed, and with as much romantic interest in each other as a current human would have for a chimpanzee.

“Many think that it is inherently unfair for some people to have access to technologies that can provide advantages while others, less well-off, are forced to depend on chance alone, [but] American society adheres to the principle that personal liberty and personal fortune are the primary determinants of what individuals are allowed and able to do.

“Indeed, in a society that values individual freedom above all else, it is hard to find any legitimate basis for restricting the use of repro-genetics. I will argue [that] the use of reprogenetic technologies is inevitable. [W]hether we like it or not, the global marketplace will reign supreme.”

Of course, in the future Huxley describes in Brave New World, there is no marketplace. The powers-that-be have built a World State. It is run by a scientific elite. They have left behind all traditional forms of governing. Programs are followed.

That is all. That is enough.

This vision of technocracy clarifies the agenda. The New World Order eventually travels light years beyond political tyranny. What need is there for laws or courts or traditional office holders or even the inside game of bribery and special favors?

They were old; this is new.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

26 comments on “Do people still read Brave New World?

  1. SamAdamsGhost says:

    I’ve wondered if young people today have read 1984 and Brave New World. I’ve recommended these books to quite a few college students. Unfortunately, the majority of the one’s I’ve mentioned it to won’t read anything unless it’s assigned & required for a class. IMO this is one of the most destructive effects of American ‘education’ today. It destroys critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity.

    The old dystopian fiction is today’s reality.

  2. Dan Quixoté says:

    I read Brave New World not long ago. Given Aldous’ lineage, and the convincing assertions of the controlling characters in the book, I had concluded Aldous Huxley was in favor of technocratic utopia. I didn’t understand that he was a fairly detached libertarian until seeing his 1960 interview with Mike Wallace, where he spoke of these things with a strong concern, that BNW was a parodic cautionary tale, to tell where all the social engineering trends would end up in their logical limit.

    But so was 1984. And so was Wells’ Time Machine.

    Unless We The Sheeple free our minds from mental solitary confinement that we so gladly let the authority figures coax us into, these will continue to be books whose prophecies are daily fulfilled around and upon us in increasing measure.

    I understand the mechanics, but I just can’t comprehend the disposition of the heart that wishes to commit all this upon humanity.

  3. annabelletroy says:

    I love “Brave New World” and having worked for a few years at Google I can say first-hand that technocracy promotes emotional sterility and fascist mentality. Huxley was right!

  4. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Thank you for a thought provoking posting. Yes, we are living in the Brave New World, but the mortal designers did not know that a higher power produces a super-solar eruption that resets civilization every -1,000 years.

    Earth is connected gravitationally, electrically and magnetically to the star at the center of the solar system that

    1. Made our elements and birthed the solar system five billion years (5 Ga) ago;
    2. Bathes the planets with a continuous stream of solar waste products; and
    3. Induces lightening, thunder, and perhaps earthquakes and eruptions

    The sloping error in the cornerstone of post-Modern Physics was published earlier this year in the three different journals or conference proceedings cited as (Manuel, 2016 a,b,d). No MSM publisher, NAS scientist or editor of any scientific research journal can realistically claim to be unable to grasp the error in using a sloping baseline to define the nuclear energy that powers the Sun and the cosmos.

  5. Mary Richter says:

    My mother recommended this to me 50 years ago. I see it more and more every day.

  6. Another great piece, Jon.

    Have I not remarked on my belief the that intention is for all births to be “authorised” by state at some point. It may mean that all [physical] sex becomes “officially” unlawful. That is why paedophilia (phobia) is being “cultured” in the way it is.

    I use the metaphor “divine prophecy” in my latest article (

    “1949 George Orwell’s divine prophecy “1984” mocks Israelite grand elitist plans. US Greenback becomes the new currency standard after the Bretton-Woods agreement. Chiang-Kai-shek supported (militarily) by US subordinates as insurance against Zionism (today Taiwan holds the largest global supply of nuclear warheads according to Douglas Dietrich. That is why fickle Zionist China cannot invade). Pentagon expanded as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as a measure against the non-existent “communist (Zionist) threat””

    The Brave New World would equally apply as elite “planners” conceive political infrastructure bringing Orwell, Huxley’s (et al) divine inspiration to life.

    Thank you for being observant. I suggest the movie “Soylent Green” (1973) coupled with Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” (1973) bring The Brave New World to life. Wasn’t 1973 the year that Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission was established?


  7. I find it interesting that your last two posts deal with the subjects that I personally am involved with at the present moment.
    I have beside me three books on my end table, as I type this comment. They are brand new copies of Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’, Orwell’s ‘1984’. and Blofield’s ‘The Tantric Mysticism of Tibet’.
    I have read all three sparately a number of times in my life, and they seem prevalent at this point in time. Strangely for me, they are all connected, they offer me grounds for a thesis, a thought experiment I am engaged in, I would suppose.
    It seems apparent that we are gravitating between these polar opposite; 1984 and Brave New World; with Blofield’s beautiful teatise offering to referee, or act as an arbitrator.
    Its seem the matrix is intent on making us fully understand the meaning of happiness and fear, and I think they are being juxtaposed intentionally to offer in one or the other depending on the conditions of the herd.
    To know that extreme that the average joe is put through in a day, as they use fear, stress and cognitive dissonance to chip away at what we call ourself. In the end the expected conclusion will be, the wanting of no emotions, and the lot screaming for a magic pill, or soma.
    It seems everything is a mental illness.
    The other side of that coin bears down a dytopian nightmare if too, too many are awaken and think seriously of rebellion.
    In the matter of the gene-rich, at present, cutting edge genetics is dealing with the aspect of gene editing rather than modification with other orgasms. It queries me to wonder what they have learned from that experiment, importantly in the process of ‘Genetic drive/driving’.
    A child was born in California, with mutiple parents the other day. This will soon become the normal mode of procreation. Why gamble?
    The new business model for artficial insemination, dare I say, will be with consultants whom we trust who will find genes for us to use when we decide to have children. A snippet of that guy and a mot of that woman, and a dash of Einstein, with a smichen of Picasso.The replacing those faulty genes that we were dealt with, they have convinced you that you have these and, oh well you are faulty and broken.
    Aunt Martha bad heart, the family nose that we all hate, or that predisposition to diabetes can all be edited out, like bad software. And much better and simply edited new gene will be install on your behave, the life you will love. can you thank-you.
    There will be so many fucking flavours, we won’t know what to do. I can’t contain myself, holy jumping purple unicorns…I’m so excited. *cough*

    • Lord Windemere says:

      I don’t think that intelligence is ultimately determined by genetics. The genetic DNA the RNA to protein model cannot explain how the body is organized thus far; there is probably an organizing field of some sort.

      DNA might also be responsible for transmitting extremely high frequency waves. It has been found to be semiconductive, and when dry has a conductivity similar to graphite along the p-axis.

      Molecular geneticists like to be optimistic, and this increases their prestige and funding. Only so many many things can be explained by DNA sequences, and probably not as much as we would be led to believe.

      If you want to know more about how the Na/K membrane pump doesn’t do what many biologists claim it does, visit He tells it how it is. I read his treatise and endorse his theory.

      Many biologists are too conformist, and take everything in the textbooks at face value. They mix theory with reality, and so do many others.

      I also think that the medical establishment, the and the food industry like to blame genetics on certain conditions to distract from their own culpability and to promote drug sales. If Obesity is genetic than you cannot blame McDonalds, and if cancer is genetic then everyone gets off the hook; including the DOD, the DOE, ALCOA, Monsanto, Amoco, BP, Taco Bell, and whoever else is corrupting the planet with carcinogenic shit.

      Genetics are a scapegoat and the science is probably a bit cruder that the average person imagines.

      Jon, Duesberg, and the Perth Group knows how HIV testing is absolutely worthless and highly misleading and didn’t even prove that one had a virus to any reliable degree. Most biologists, probably still to this day, no doubt believe that it does.

      • @lord Windemere

        “I don’t think that intelligence is ultimately determined by genetics. The genetic DNA the RNA to protein model cannot explain how the body is organized thus far; there is probably an organizing field of some sort.” – Lord Windemere

        But intelligence can access genetics…and that which we are ultimately made of…

        Are you familiar withe the work of Dr Rupert Sheldrake, and morphogenetic fields.

        • Currently “understanding” of DNA/RNA (which are “symptoms”) is zero.

          Sheldrake is the closest to the truth and, God forbid, if you really understand what he implies, the whole notion of “causality” is entirely wrong.

        • Lord Windemere says:

          Weird. It must be true.

          I just an E-mail today from a friend that had a link to a Sheldrake debate. Here is the link:

          But before this day, I haven’t even thought of Sheldrake in years. I read one of his books a years ago after Terrence McKenna videos introduced me to him.

          This is Jungian Synchronicity at work!

          So yes Micheal, I am somewhat familiar with Rupert Sheldrake. I also used to listen to his lectures with Terrence and without. It has become mainstream belief that DNA can in fact be methylated, which apparently changes it a consequential fashion. Perhaps this can be done intentionally my the mind.

          I also read The Secret of Life by George Lakhovsky. This man was convinced that DNA oscillated at a GHz frequency, and these oscillations could be induced by one cell on another cell. They also could be induced by cosmic waves and by waves produced electronically.

          Far out book! This was written in the 20’s and Lakhovsky was convinced that DNA was a coil. He was right on the general shape atleast. His experiments with plants are interesting.

          I need to read more about Sheldrakes precedents. He quotes many other field theorists in his book that are probably worth reading. I really believe that there has to be some field mechanism in human development; intercellular communication with high frequency electromagnetic waves or some hitherto undiscovered field; the morphogenetic field.

          DNA is a semiconducter. I read a study where they used nanoscale gold electrodes coupled with an electron microscope. The images were so precise that you could see enlargement around the negative electrode as the electrons from the microscope were repelled by the negatively charged electrode. The electrical distortion only was observed when they were measuring current.

          DNA is a semiconductor, so then it could be piezoelectric as well. This also means that it could be potentially be an oscillator with certain resonant frequencies, octaves of the primary resonant frequency. Dr Bob Becker was convinced that collagen in bone was piezoelectric, and he wrote a book called The Body Electric that details his experiments with electricity and biological fields.

          George Lakhovsky was hit by a Limo in Manhattan after he started treating cancer patients with waves of a certain frequency. There is actually a TED Talk by someone that explodes cancer cells under a dark-field microscope with certain frequencies.

          And then there is Royal Rife as well as Antoine Priore who studied different frequencies on people. This technology seems to be closely-guarded secret and is not popular the with drug-pushing AMA.

      • Nadeer says:

        This is correct:

        “I also think that the medical establishment, the and the food industry like to blame genetics on certain conditions to distract from their own culpability and to promote drug sales. If Obesity is genetic than you cannot blame McDonalds, and if cancer is genetic then everyone gets off the hook; including the DOD, the DOE, ALCOA, Monsanto, Amoco, BP, Taco Bell, and whoever else is corrupting the planet with carcinogenic shit.”

        But let’s not forget this:

        “I also think that the medical establishment, the and the food industry like to blame genetics on certain conditions to distract from their own culpability and to promote drug sales. If Obesity is genetic than you cannot blame McDonalds, and if cancer is genetic then everyone gets off the hook; including

        the medical establishment with their carcinogenic x-ray protocols (read “Preventing Breast Cancer: The Story Of A Major, Proven, Preventable Cause Of This Disease” by John Gofman and “The Mammogram Myth” by Rolf Hefti),

        the DOD, the DOE, ALCOA, Monsanto, Amoco, BP, Taco Bell, and whoever else is corrupting the planet with carcinogenic shit.”

  8. Josh says:

    On reflection – the human species has an essential macro level social dynamic, just as distinct as other animals essential macro level social dynamics that spring from their essential nature:

    Bees live in hives, with a queen at the center of a community of workers – a bustling industry of pollen and wax develops from their nature. Dolphins live in socially fluid pod structures, and a mutually supportive, peaceful play dynamic springs from their nature.

    And so on, each species organize to their nature

    It seems to me that this is the essential human macro level social dynamic:

    Group A) A numerically small, ethically degenerate minority ‘elite’, missing essential human empathy, cooperate together on dark obsessive visions and plans for ever growing centralization of power and eternal tyranny

    .. then ..

    Group B) The numerically much larger weak minded naive majority, that instinctively put these types on pedestals as a result of mental and emotional manipulation from Group A – and they either wittingly or (more likely) unwittingly support this minority toward ever growing centralization of power and their own enslavement .. including

    Group C) The remnant / free thinkers: individualists getting caught up in the wake. As the tyranny increases over time, rebellions come from this minority. This group either gathers enough members and energy from Group B to sweep the current crop of ethically degenerate elites from power .. decentralizing again .. or they fall back to try again one day / the next generation.

    Through history the trend is always toward more centralization of power manipulated by minority elite Group A. Group B is in the middle, ready to follow whichever direction the majority herd feels like it is going. And its up to Group C to find the power to swing the dynamic back in our direction.

    Era of history, political structure, local culture, race, and even dominant economic systems are completely secondary to this primary dynamic. It repeats throughout history in infinite contexts .. because that’s Who We Are.

    The Huxley Technocracy sounds like it is their Final Solution to fixing the dynamic in their favor, for good. For sure. All the pieces seem to fit …

    • @josh
      Good points Josh…

      And is one society (1984), being use to drive us to the supposed bliss of the other (Huxley’s technocracy).

      In reply to Group C, are they not looking for a clarion call…is Donald Trump in fact a modern Maximilien Robespierre. 🙂

    • @Josh

      If I dare drag this comment down to the level of the presidential contest, was not Trump compared to Hitler and Clinton to Napoleon recently? Both are serial idealists and offer nothing short of robust callousness to those that challenge their ideals.

      I haven’t watched TV for many years and the example I wanted to recant I feel was probably broadcast in the late 80’s. Was Oprah around then? I feel sure it was on her show.

      A policeman was the guest and he was commenting on “despotic regimes” [like America today]. According to his equation 90%+ will follow, no matter what; good or bad and everywhere in between. Between 0 and 5% will lead and, to counter, between 0 and 5% will buck the system.

      I rather think Sanders fell into your “individual” category. As such he had no balls. He wasn’t ruthless so he talked the talk well, but when it came to walking the walk, he crumbled…in a heap. Even so, I read something recently about his attorney mounting the challenge against Killary for rigging the ballot “died mysteriously”. Oh boy, I guess it can happen to anyone. When you go, you go…or so they say.

      She’s certainly the Republican candidate. Whose Trump affiliated to again?

    • Lord Windemere says:

      I like it. This three-group model does certainly ring true.

  9. Bob Marley says:

    I would hate a world of which that I receive pleasure and that is it. I do not seek pleasure only, and neither would I ever desire to not work for it. I don’t know why somebody could be so delusional as to write this. I am sincerely obsessed with thinking, knowledge, and working to reach my goals. It is the hard work and the goal both that give me the sense of success. To reiterate, I am obsessed with knowledge, and taking away my pleasure in gaining knowledge would leave me cold and heartless. People do not simply seek pleasure, you can not say that for everyone, although you can certainly say that for the majority of Americans at least. People truly seek happiness, which is not only acquired through pleasure, in fact if pleasures were all I had to live for then I’d rather die as I would not be happy or satisfied. I want to find new life on other planets, I want to create new things of which are innovative in ways nobody has yet to see. Always, there is something vastly knew just around the corner of science. My version of a true utopia is much more vibrant, much more true, and much more truly desirable.

    We do not live completely compelled into this Brave New World, it is only that many people have succumbed to its inviting manipulative deceptions. You still have the option and opportunity to explore truly important matters in life. such as reaching eternal life, finding other life, inhabiting other planets, discovering if the universe is infinite, making our species completely invincible and having unlimited powers. I see all these as possibilities, except a few of the last ones are only possible with an eternal universe. These are the questions I want answered, and this is why I will be a physicist, cosmologist, and more. I am young still, only 17 years. I have no interest in simple easily obtained pleasures, and I have no interest in social bullshit.

    • @Bob Marley

      “Marley cringes and rolls a joint, lights it then rolls over in his grave…”

      All work and no play, makes Jack a very, very serious, lonely and unlaid young man.

      Is this that you speak of, not the parameters of the elitism of a Huxley’s vision, …unlimited powers; complete invincibility of our species; eternal life; inhabiting other planets; Utopia.

      Huxley’s world enables genetic predisposition to be an intellectual and seek pleasure from it, or a worker bee, or a alpha or beta…of course you don’t get to choose.

  10. Greg C. says:

    Huxley’s and Orwell’s futuristic visions are merely novels – they are inventions. As such, they had to have a gimmick to hook the reader, which in both books was the technological future. The gimmick is what is fascinating, especially at the time they were published. People were interested in the question of whether technology could be used to control people. Never mind that people had already been controlled for millennia without this kind of technology. So both novels were misleading, a distraction from the real issue of how people can be controlled. It’s simple – self-alienation. Give them something bigger than themselves to be mesmerized with. The state, the cross, the king. Science – that is, scientific pronouncements. Theories of all kinds: Cosmology, psychology, theology. The kinds of things that “smarter” people argue about all the time. Those who are not as smart will absorb the prevailing theories directly through engineered culture. But the end result is people who forget who they are. There are possibly hundreds of ways to achieve this result, on a large scale or a small scale. You can be obsessed, fascinated with the controllers and their technology – that will do the job nicely. Some people “wake up” to what is happening to them, but then put themselves back to sleep by their fascination with how the trick was performed. The person who is really awake will want nothing better than to tend to his own garden, perhaps literally.

  11. Lord Windemere says:

    Brave New World is a good book. I read Huxley’s Chrome Yellow as well, but it wasn’t so great.

  12. S says:

    Very interesting and timely post. I always thought that Brave New World was more believable than 1984 I read both as a teen in the 80’s, before the globalists were fully revealed and you could still buy american made electronics. And with the massive over prescription of anti-depressants and the legalization of weed for those not keen on big pharma products it seems as though the Brave new World has arrived. TPP and TTIP are close to being ratified then the division of the world between globalists and the serfs will be cemented. The only ray of light to my mind is that the rampant nepotism and cronyism will curse the elite with an abundance of defective genetics that no amount of engineering will be able to surmount.

  13. Doug Harrison says:

    Just briefly but, I think, cogently: Pleasure cannot be known without pain in the same way that light cannot be known without darkness.

  14. Vlad the Skewerer says:

    And it all chugs merrily along until the elites get lazy, the quality of the diversions atrophy and the spell wears off.

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