Book Review: Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited By Aldous Huxley

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Zy Marquiez
February 28, 2017

“It is rather alarming to find that only twenty-seven years [after writing Brave New World] quite a number of those forecasts have already come true, and come true with vengeance…Some of them were foreseen, and I think some of them I didn’t have the imagination to foresee, but I t think there is a whole armory at the disposal of potential dictators at the moment.”
– Aldous Huxley [1958]

Known for being one of the most influential dystopian authors of all time, Aldous Huxley, who was a jack of all trades, created his magnum opus, Brave New World in 1931, which was published a year later.  Nigh nine decades later, many of his ominous and scholarly insights are manifesting right before our eyes.  For these reasons, Brave New World should be read through rather carefully, for it serves as a severe warning not only about what might be coming, but what is already here.

This particular fusion of Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley truly is as fascinating as it is disturbing in scope.  The former offers his vision of what a dystopian world might be like, while the latter offers a trenchant examination of Brave New World.

While some may call some of Huxley’s ideas ‘prophetic’ in a sense, it’s more of a logical deduction given the available information that there was at a time.  If one has a reasonable amount of quality information, one surely would be able to postulate a reasonable result given humanity’s penchant for falling for propaganda in droves historically.  After all, most nations historically don’t operate under true freedom.  What’s more, many ‘modern’ nations already implement many of the disturbing trends written about in this sobering, if intense account of could have happened, although in fiction, which is now turning into reality.

Brave New World has been compared to Orwell’s 1984 due to the engineered control grid – each of which carries different methods – and with good reason.  Whilst 1984 is ruled with an iron fist, Brave New World is ruled with a velvet one.  Endless arguments have ensued in many circles as to which one we are gravitating towards, and it’s definitely intriguing although distressing contemplating such facts.

Huxley does an outstanding job of painting a disturbing portrait within his fictional realm.  The individuals within his society – who are essentially drones – have fallen over themselves for the ‘good of all’ – for the collective.  The book is littered with countless examples of this.

The individual, who is the foundation of society, is thrown aside, by the wayside.

In respect to this troublesome and pernicious pervasive issue, which is seen more and more nowadays, Huxley noted the following words:

“Brave New World presents a fanciful and somewhat ribald picture of a society, in which the attempt to recreate human beings in the likeness of terminates has been pushed almost to the limits of the possible.  That we are being propelled in the direction of Brave New World is obvious.  But not less obvious is the fact that we can, if we so desire, refuse to co-operate with the blind forces that are compelling us.  As Mr. William Whyte has shown in his remarkable book, The Organization Man, a new Social Ethic is replacing our traditional ethical system – the system in which the individual is primary.  The key words in this Social Ethic are “adjustment,” “adaptation,” “socially oriented behavior,” “belongingness,” “acquisition of social skills,” “team work,” “group living,” “group loyalty,” “group dynamics,” “group thinking,” “group creativity.”  Its basic assumption is that the social whole has greater worth and significant than its individual parts, that inborn biological differences should be sacrificed to cultural uniformity, that the rights of the collective take precedence over what the eighteenth century called the Rights of Man.”[1][Bold Emphasis Added]

Furthermore, as Huxley notes, the:

“…ideal man is the man who displays “dynamic conformity” (delicious phrase!) and an intense loyalty to the group, an unflagging desire to subordinate himself, to belong.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

Talk about a conformity crisis!  That’s exactly where society is torpedoing to as we speak.  And it all starts in youth, through the public schooling system.

This conformity crisis in public schooling has been spoken about at length by John Taylor Gatto in his books, Dumbing Us Down, A Different Kind Of Teacher and Weapons Of Mass Instruction.

In Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, Gatto mentions the following explosive remarks:

Mass education cannot work to produce a fair society because its daily practice is practice in rigged competition, suppression and intimidation.  The schools we’ve allowed to develop can’t work to teach nonmaterial values, the values which give meaning to everyone’s life, rich or poor, because the structure of schooling is held together by a Byzantine tapestry of reward and threat, of carrots and sticks.  Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom.”[3][Bold Emphasis Added]

Schools are intended to produce, through the application of formulas, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.”[4][Bold Emphasis Added]

“…schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet.  No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes.  The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”[5] [Bold Emphasis]

Gatto minces no words.  If you wish to see what is happening, right from the start via the public indoctrination system, READ John Taylor Gatto’s work.  It is HIGHLY recommended.

Returning to Huxley, the latter part of Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited also features Huxley’s letter to Orwell.  Additionally, and arguably more importantly, the second book, Brave New World Revisited is absolutely mind bending.

Brave New World Revisited includes intriguing information at length that supplements droves of added substance for the reader to familiarize themselves with some of the deeper niches of everything Brave New World stands for.  One could view it as a few different essays on many of the most disturbing components and trends, featured in Brave New World, which society is currently following.

Topics which are discussed include conformity, the collectivization of society, the attack on individuals, brainwashing, propaganda, social engineering, distractions within society, chemical persuasion, possible solutions and much more.  Brave New World Revisited encompasses nigh 100 pages of additional information that should be essentially mandatory in education.

It would be interesting to see what Huxley would have thought about the precision condition that is currently taking place on a mass scale in society today.  There are so many angles to this, that one could write many essays and analyze it in a myriad of ways.  Many have, and rightly so.

With the recipes featured in Orwell and Huxley’s books, the system seems to be changing day by day, and not for the better.  Propaganda, entrainment technology, social engineering, overmedication of the population, and more, are all being used to maliciously mold society to become not only uniform, but obedient to boot.

Incisive individuals who value freedom and have inquiring minds should not only make this part of their library, but should prepare for what’s already here and much of what’s coming soon.

Couple Brave New World with 1984, and you have the recipe of what the world is beginning to look like, which is a merger of those two ideals.  And that’s a very, very disturbing proposition.

Be warned.

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Sources:

[1] Aldous Huxley, Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited, p. 257.
[2] Ibid., p. 257.
[3] John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, pg. 69.
[4] Ibid., p. 23.
[5] Ibid., p. 21.
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If You are interested in the subject, the Book Reviews below follow as highly suggested reading:

1984 by George Orwell
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
 A Different Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Weapons Of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto
Rotten To The (Common) Core: Public Schooling, Standardized Tests & The Surveillance State by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
The Tavickstock Institute: Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin
Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse Of Global Transformation by Patrick M. Wood
Propaganda by Edward Bernays

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Book Review: Esoteric Hollywood – Sex, Cults & Symbols In Film by Jay Dyer

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Zy Marquiez
November 23, 2016

Let me preface this with a cautious preamble:  This is NOT a Hollywood Scandal book.

Esoteric Hollywood – Sex Cults & Symbols In Film by Jay Dyer scholarly analysis that delves into the inner workings of the abstruse aspects that pervade many movies within the film industry, and even some literature, past and present.

While other professional movie reviewers will review movies based on more mainstream criteria, Dyer goes beyond that into the subtle nuances that pervade many of the biggest blockbusters that contain hidden messages that are “intended to be understood, but not immediately apparent”[1] as the author himself states.

That reason, as well as many others are why Dyer does what he does – to show the reader / viewer that there is more than just a man behind the curtain.  In fact, some might argue that there is an entire culture pulling some strings, and they wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

Getting back on track, in its nascent stage the book opens up with a short glossary, which will be extremely helpful for people that might not be familiar with the terms, or perhaps were and just forgot what they meant.

After a solid introduction where the author lays the groundwork for the rest of the book, the book is split up into four parts:

Part One: Hollywood Babylon And Kubrick
Part Two: Spielberg’s Android Space Brothers
Part Three: 70s-80s Fantasy Dystopia
Part Four: 007 And Hitchcock

In each of the above parts Dyer goes on to harpoon not only on some of the more popular movies within each of those categories, but ones seeping with overwhelming meaning, and even hidden/darker agendas.  Some of the topics within these are philosophy, theology, geopolitics, espionage, literary theory,  transhumanism, and much more.

Esoteric Hollywood is similar to the authors blog, but Dyer kicks it up a notch academically, and that’s one of the many appealing aspects of this particular book.

While all of the movie analyses were interesting for me in one way or another, the ones which fascinated me the most were H.G. Wells, Science Fiction Propaganda & Spielberg Mythos, Eyes Wide Shut, ET, Moonraker, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Minority Report, Labyrinth, The Never Ending Story and Blade Runner, AI, as well as the James Bond reboots.

Another salient component of the book are the dozens of small description boxes within various parts of the book.  These either give a small synopsis of important individuals or showcase instead vital data that reader will need to comprehend the analysis.

Concurrent with the above are the hundreds of footnotes throughout the book.  For those that love delving into the finer strands within research, footnotes are invaluable.  The fact that Dyer put so much hard work into that is also greatly appreciated as it’s an aspect within research books that gets easily glossed over.

In its entirety, the book displays very high standards.  That’s something quite noteworthy given how many of the subjects tackled within this book dovetail with many other conspiracy subjects.  If individuals aren’t careful, it’s easy to get bogged down by many rabbit trails which at times either have a questionable basis or no basis in fact, or are lacking in quality sources even though they usually sound interesting.  Because of this having some solid ground to venture from is priceless.

Regardless, this book is a veritable treasure trove of information, some of which might be admittedly quite disturbing if people aren’t familiar with the subjects or agendas involved.  Either way, each of the subjects discussed in the book are subjects which the mainstream media rarely ever covers, and which also gets glossed over by most of the alternative media as well unfortunately.   Those factors as well as others make this particular book quite unique.

As a caveat, am not personally in agreement with everything the author said in the book.  That said, he does source his material, and makes for an intriguing read and as an open-minded skeptic, his work deserves a fair gander if we as a society, but more important, as individuals, are to home-in on the truth.  Especially on such abstruse subjects as these.

Hopefully the author considers doing a similar follow up piece, or perhaps something along the same lines.  For it being Dyer’s first book, this book as an initial salvo is as compelling as it is rigorous.

Plain and simple, this book is a must read because it will show you some of the hidden agendas that are going on within film right under society’s nose.  And if we do not become cognizant of these issues they will continue to undoubtedly affect us in nefarious ways.

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[1] Jay Dyer, Esoteric Hollywood, pg. 4.

[Book Review] Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin

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Zy Marquiez
January 18, 2016

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
– Edward Bernays

As a preamble, the Tavistock Institute was mentioned a long time ago by a blogger [and many thanks to them for bringing this up, since they are so vital to this abstruse topic], and that is how this subject came known to me.

Long story short, it was alleged that the Tavistock Institute actually ran at least one, if not many online forums in order for it to suppress and control where information went.  And anytime it went anywhere near them, those topics were swept under the rug promptly, which only made me want to research it more.  This is how this book/topic peaked my curiosity.

Social Engineering is one of those issues that plagues everyone in society, but that almost no one talks about, even in alternative media circles. There are many reasons for this.

For starters, the establishment does not wants its ways of steering, guiding, molding, and social engineering the masses to be known to the populace. That’s fairly straight forward. But more sinister is the fact that this type of brainwashing begins when one ins young, and by it being an everpresent aspect of life, people see many [most?] of these things that entail mass manipulation as normal.

Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin is as disturbing as it is comprehensive in scope. The book is a veritable top-down crash course into many of the most powerful aspects of social engineering of society.

This book by Estulin details many of the most sophisticated tools in a way never before done in any book. This alone in and of itself is power, because it allows the incisive/inquiring individual to do their due diligence in seeing what’s what in this esoteric subject.

Various topics are discussed, and spearheading the lot include the Tavistock Institute, the Nazis, MK Ultra, Mind Control, Music, Media, the killing of JFK, Drugs, and much much more.

More incisively, it touches upon “social turbulence”, which is whittling down the population through a variety of modalities, with increasing intensity, to soften up a population and lead them into psychosis.

There is also the aspect of disassociation touched upon from many angles

Estulin covers how victimology, which “is premised upon the theory that individuals can be put through trauma by being exposed to shockingly visual accounts of violence” [notice the rise of violence in TV shows?], has made its way in society. Also noted is what role in how Wikileaks is part of the social engineering agenda, and how that directly ties to mass media.

Mass media’s control mechanism is definitely sifted through with a fine-tooth comb, as well as aspects of it such as “idiotspeak”, which is when the media oversimplifies complex subjects so much, and literally covers them only in one or two sentences, that it serves to dumb down the population. This is further implemented by no direct and thought-provoking discussion followed up. And when that does follow, it’s nigh always to suit some government/corporate agenda.

One unexpected, but vital component introduced by Estulin was the subject of music, and how it plays a role in the mental manipulation of the population. Although not exhaustive, it is quite a meaningful area that goes oft-overlooked even in the alternative media.

Science fiction, the work of H.G. wells, as well as many other authors/writers’ work is analyzed creating a merger that only strengthens the obviousness of the dilemma.

And anchoring all that, there is also an analysis of the subject of Edward Bernay’s and Walter Lippmann’s work with propaganda and public opinion.

There really are still many other subjects that get touched upon, most of which [if not all] are still in play, today, at this very moment.

This book by Estulin allows you to see this careful web of deception, manipulation and control that has been weaved over a mostly unsuspecting populace.

The main strength of this book is the veritable enormity of footnotes/references that allow those inquiring minds to see where he is coming from, whist leaving crumbs for those that wish to follow up on their own research.

Credibility is a vital, and credibility in a subject like this is even more so. Estulin has done an absolutely outstanding job in piecing this together.

This is a book that needs to be part of everyone’s library. Period. You need to know this stuff. Its not only being used against you, but your children, and future generations as well. Subjects covered in this book are way too important to gloss over.

You are implored because nobody else is looking out for your well being. And those that say they are, usually benefit greatly by ‘helping’ you. This book gives your mind range, and versatility in order to deal with what’s already here, and what’s worse, what’s coming.

Be mindful, because social engineering is nigh everywhere. No, that’s not exagerration, that’s a fact. This book makes that very crystal clear.

Buy it because you will not regret it.

Buy it because you need to know.

Buy this book because if you don’t, everything here will be used against you, your family, and kith/kin.

In the age of information, ignorance is no excuse. Especially when so much is on the line.

The choice is yours.