Nor is it only on the technical front that the hand of the would-be dictator has been strengthened. A man or woman makes direct contact with society in two ways: as a member of some familial, professional or religious group, or as a member of a crowd.
Through technical devices like the radio and the loudspeaker, eighty million people were deprived of independent thought.
They are ignorant of the world and its ways, and therefore completely unsuspecting. Under Hitler, for example, the yearly Nuremberg rallies were masterpieces of ritual and theatrical art. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government.
With them one cannot make history; they cannot be used as elements composing a community. Mindlessness and moral idiocy are not characteristically human attributes; they are symptoms of herd-poisoning.
They regard oversimplification as the original sin of the mind and have no use for the slogans, the unqualified assertions and sweeping generalizations which are the propagandists stock in trade.
As a result of this there has arisen the new type of the uncritical recipient of orders.Sheldon, "our best stock tends to be outbred by stock that is inferior to it in every respect. These thoughts, feelings and actions are too dangerous to be exploited for commercial purposes. In the light of recent history it would be foolish to suppose that this sort of thing cannot happen again. Only by being amputated or stretched upon the rack could they be adjusted to it. Orpheus has entered into an alliance with Pavlov -- the power of sound with the conditioned reflex. In a word, a man in a crowd behaves as though he had swallowed a large dose of some powerful intoxicant. In the long run, anger and hatred are self-defeating emotions. The society described in Brave New World is a world-state, in which war has been eliminated and where the first aim of the rulers is at all costs to keep their subjects from making trouble. The prophecies made in are coming true much sooner than I thought they would. In the context of , seemed dreadfully convincing. A man or woman makes direct contact with society in two ways: as a member of some familial, professional or religious group, or as a member of a crowd. Used in one way, the press, the radio and the cinema are indispensable to the survival of democracy.
But the mild approach is less exciting than the approach through verbal or physical violence. Or if they should be imposed from outside or from above, can they possibly survive?
Today, thanks to sanitation, modern pharmacology and the social conscience, most of the children born with hereditary defects reach maturity and multiply their kind.