“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.” Aldous Huxley, Berkeley, March 20, 1962
Given the current debate over whether our world lists more towards Orwell or Huxley, which way do you thing Big Guy tilts? I’m leaning towards Huxley:
As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
Yes, definitely Huxley.
Have you heard the repercussions from the media on the Big White’s release of the secret drone memo that rationalizes killing Americans overseas without so much as a hat tip to Judge Wapner?
Me neither! The silence has been deafening.
Not so much as a Tweet from any of Big Guy’s loyal supporters regarding his weekly Gameboy marathons – even though we now know that his enemies list includes Americans as targets!
It looks like Huxley might have been right; the distractions have grown so seductive:
So mind –numbing:
that the Justice Department feels that we can confidently proceed with the targeted killing of Americans overseas without raising an eyebrow. (We’re currently looking into targeting dangerous American “terrorists” on home soil as well, butt that might take a bit longer. The Soma hasn’t been produced in adequate quantities yet, and people are still buying up all the ammo they can get their hands on).
So, until further notice, the Tuesday afternoon Death by Droning gaming session will continue as currently configured.
That’s all for now. You are now free to continue your self-medication. Or not. The choice is still yours, for awhile.
Boy, I sure hope the drones decide to take control of the consul back pretty soon.
We could sure use a new game-face around here.
After reading Gerard’s post, please cast your ballot. Chicago Rules are in effect!