America ODing on SOMA?

by Mike on November 30, 2012

in Culture

Many conservatives, including but not limited to Mark Levin (Youtube vid), Jonah Goldberg, and Mark Steyn, have often made the argument that if tyranny ever came to the United States, it wouldn’t be the kind of tyranny once experienced in Communist eastern Europe or Nazi Germany, but rather a soft tyranny where government dictates would come in the form of paternalistic mandates implemented “for our own good” and people would be controlled not by a heavy-handed police state, but by more pleasant distractions.

One post that caught my eye this morning isn’t an article, but a series of drawings comparing the fears expressed by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.  The short version of the story:  Huxley won.

Hat tip: Ace of Spades

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Ryan November 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I believe I remember Goldberg writing about how Huxley was positing an “American-style” totalitarianism where life is a drug-induced blur rather than a boot stamping on a face — totalitarianism as nestling in a nanny-state bosom rather than a pistol-whipped blur.

However, Huxley couldn’t account for the cost of such a mind-numbed lifestyle. Our culture’s flirtation with soma-like distractions (in whatever form one indulges) is unsustainable as economic realities begin to crash the party in Europe first, then inevitable toward us (this past election reinforced that fear).

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Ryan November 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Actually, Huxley did. The book’s social castes (Alphas, Betas, etc.) reflect the kind of state-planned social and economic totalitarianism. In the end, either model leads in the same direction.

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