posted ago by GoldenPlains ago by GoldenPlains +22 / -0

Welcome to the Brave New World.

Rules are pretty simple, don't spoil any of the upcoming chapters and keep discussion to chapters 14-18.

Link to book: https://plato-philosophy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/BraveNewWorld-1.pdf

Previous Discussions:

Chapters 1-4

Chapters 5-8

Chapters 9-13

Previous Books:

Starship Troopers

Gulag Archipelago

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cccpneveragain 4 points ago +4 / -0

I'll have more comments when I totally finish, I have about 30 minutes left to read probably. There's not been much discussion on this one. My main comment to this point is I find the "Brave New World" made up in the book gross and repulsive. Which I think was the point. Although it's odd because if I recall Huxley was a commie. So I guess this is his book on what they would call late-stage capitalism or whatever.

Assassin47 2 points ago +2 / -0

Huxley was a member of the Fabian society.

cccpneveragain 4 points ago +4 / -0

Ah ok, I'd probably call them the "friendly commies" or something like that. Admittedly I tend to lump most socialist stuff together in my own mind though.

I find it funny though, because unless there's some major revelation in the last 45 pages of my book to this point it's seemed like a warning against a weird collectivist society that I can't put a finger on how to categorize. Maybe it's just the difference in the world then versus today, because I can't get past the feeling that this book is the world that today's so-called socialists think they want and is definitely the world the WEF-type elites want. So being that Huxley was a socialist and it doesn't seem like he's glorifying the fictional world, I can't see what he's trying to warn against. Freedom and socialism are total opposites in my head. I guess I need to try to get in the head of the world 90 years ago.

Mpetey123 5 points ago +5 / -0

Isn't that the point though, That people are basically living in a gilded cage? That our humanity can be taken simply by giving people everything they want. It's just consume product, fuck indiscriminately, repeat. The machines were wrong to send back a Terminator, they should have sent back someone to spoil and fatten up John Connor.

GoldenPlains [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

/u/DomitiusOfMassilia can I get a sticky please, thanks.

DomitiusOfMassilia 1 point ago +1 / -0

Got it