“It shows the ways in which technology, our need for certain creature comforts and consumer culture can be used to manipulate us.”
Catherine Mayer, Politician
“It is a hilarious, and also very prescient, parody of utopias.”
Ellen Wayland-Smith, Miscellaneous
“Brave New World was written in the 1930s, and the book portrays a happy dystopia. There is an abundance of sex. People have a good time.”
Dystopia and Utopia
Chan Koonchung, Novelist
“Huxley posits the idea that the political system actually does perfect things for people and it turns out to be nearly as scary as the horror shows actually created in the 20th century in the attempt to create the new man, whether as Aryan super-German or Marxist and whatever Mussolini and Franco were up to. So Huxley was showing us that this is a rum goal however ‘well’ it turns out.”
P J O’Rourke, Political Commentator
“The lesson I draw from this is that the purpose of utopia is not so much as an achieved state, as to give people the freedom to pursue their own projects.”
John Quiggin, Economist
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