Aldous Huxley Describes The Ultimate Revolution

If we were in fact drawing closer to the scenario he describes fifty years ago, what would the drug in question be?

Aldous Huxley, speaking at U.C. Berkeley in 1962, outlines his vision for the ‘ultimate revolution’, a scientific dictatorship where people will be conditioned to enjoy their servitude, and will pose little opposition to the ‘ruling oligarchy’, as he puts it. He also takes a moment to compare his book, “Brave New World,” to George Orwell’s “1984″ and considers the technique in the latter too outdated for actual implementation.

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears…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.”

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  • jnana

    Its more likely that instead of behavior control through pharmacological methods, we will see behavior control through Extra Low Frequencies and brain implants. Just like in Huxley’s Brave New World this will most likely not have to be forced, because people hate their lives enough to want their brains manipulated. see Transhumanism.

    Nature is far from regarded as sacred by our mass culture. When the world is turned into an ugly concrete dystopia, it will be easier to enter a “beautiful” virtual world.

    If there is any hope of rebellion in such a world, I’d predict an interesting war b/w the cyborgs and “primitives”, who would likely be labeled as terrorists.

    • Anarchy Pony

      See Resident Anti-Heroes’ Battle of Mechanopolis.

      • jnana

        Pretty cool, though hip-hop’s not generally my bag, I can still enjoy it. Ironic, that they use a very techno sound, but that’s probably what they’re going for.
        Ever listen to Servotron?

        • Anarchy Pony

          Can’t say that I have. I gotta say that techno and electronica and all of the various permutations are all kind of a guilty pleasure for me. It’s not my regular bag, but I usually can’t help but get into the beat.

    • Ittabena

      As far as I can tell they are throwing it all at us. Look at the ADHD medication craze, artificial medications are made from petro-chemicals, ELFs and ULFs, Fluoride, GMO foods that don’t replicate the same way twice, Aspartame, High Fructose Genetically Modified Corn Syrup, the flicker rate of our Television sets, and don’t forget H.A.A.R.P. which we’re not sure what it’s capable of. Oh, I almost forgot the worst one; the dreaded Facebook!!!!!!!

      • jnana

        Geez, yer making that virtual world provided by brain implants sound really nice right now. Or at least a good ol’ fashioned lobotomy.

        • Ittabena

          True. Very true. I try to balance it by watching a lot of comedy.

    • Glass House

      “people hate their lives enough to want their brains manipulated. see Transhumanism” I have a slightly less dire interpretation of transhumanism. Technology is a tool; it can create as well as destroy. Our digital devices are wreaking havoc upon the environment, and let us not forget about the inhumane conditions under which most of them are assembled. But they have also allowed us to connect with each other in ways which were previously unimaginable. As the world around us continues to become smaller and more transparent, we should be coming together as a species to solve the problems which effect everyone, everywhere, equally. Uploading my consciousness sounds like a hoot, but in the meantime, why can’t we create a Kickstarter to cure world hunger? We have the money. We have the food and the resources. We have the time and the skills and the smarts to do so. We claim to have the desire…yet where is the resolve to manifest such a feat? If we can all agree that it is the right thing to do, then why aren’t we doing it? Who or what is stopping us? Technology may help us to achieve solutions to some of the greatest problems which are currently facing this planet, but it is ultimately up to us (and us alone) to take the initiative and decide how best to manifest our priorities.

  • Juan

    Aren’t we living this now?

    • Ittabena

      I’m thinkin’… Which is a Southern way of saying “seems like”.

    • BuzzCoastin

      Shhhhh, you’ll wake the sheeple.

  • Ittabena

    Saw this a few years ago. It was chilling then but it’s even worse now.

  • moremisinformation

    The western world resembles Brave New World (and BNW Revisited) so closely, that the only explanation (for me) is that Huxley was hanging around with the designers, in the drawing rooms (or drawring rooms, depending).

    Several years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said: Huxley Knew. When I extrapolate what the sticker meant, I believe, he did indeed know.

    • Glass House

      “The western world resembles Brave New World (and BNW Revisited) so closely, that the only explanation (for me) is that Huxley was hanging around with the designers” Huxley was sharp enough to perceive what was happening around him and smart enough to envision where it might ultimately lead. He wrote that story as a cautionary tale but words have power, and once you unleash an idea – regardless of your intent – your vision can be corrupted and taken advantage of. It’s not that BNW is prophetic…it is self-fulfilled prophecy, manifested by those who stood to gain the most by the creation and implementation of such a system. Soma could be anything that distracts you from the truth which is all around you, though I believe that we are beginning to recognize the man behind the curtain for who and what he truly is. As the world around us becomes smaller and more transparent, it will become increasingly difficult for those pulling the strings to hide the existence of those strings. When (not if) we are finally able to collectively see the world through an open and honest lens, it will force us to reevaluate our priorities and the systems through which we govern and guide.

    • jnana

      I love Huxley’s writings, but from what I’ve read about his connections and some of his beliefs it does seem to me he might have encouraged social designers w/ his dystopia.

  • shunster
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  • BuzzCoastin

    the fact that people are still anticipating The Brave New World
    and that they think this 50 year old talk predicts the future
    indicates that Soma really works

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      i find it funny that the class system of brave new world was so foreign to me to my childish brain in highschool, till i realized there wasn’t any real difference between it and the actual structure that exists (sans the fictional cloning).

      • BuzzCoastin

        all art is a representation of the unperceived present
        but
        what I think Aldous missed was this:
        the oligarchy is under the influence of Soma too
        and therefore incapable of knowing
        that it is The System itself that is in control
        and not under the control of the oligarchy
        they are the house slaves for The System

    • Brave New World

      This 50 year old talk absolutely predicts the future. Aldous Huxley will be regarded as the prophet of the 21st century.

      • BuzzCoastin

        Where you been? It’s happening right now.

        Sent from my iSoma

        • Brave New World

          We are entering this future. Just wait until they mass produce brain implants that can dose people with chemicals on demand. Then we’ll really be there.

          http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2011/11/nanotechnology-powers-smart-skin-patch

          NIDA-funded researchers have conducted a successful in vitro demonstration of a prototype programmable medication skin patch. As envisioned by developers Drs. Bruce Hinds and Audra Stinchcomb of the University of Kentucky, the smart patch will enable physicians to schedule transdermal medication doses that vary dynamically to match patients’ fluctuating needs. Doctors in the addiction field will tailor personalized nicotine replacement and other relapse prevention therapies—for example, to program dose increases when stress, metabolic cycles, or environmental exposures may increase cravings. Dr. Hinds, a chemist, and Dr. Stinchcomb, a research pharmacologist,
          developed the innovation that makes the patch possible: a membrane
          containing billions of carbon nanotubes, each 10,000 times thinner than a
          human hair.

          • Eric_D_Read

            It will be a new era of hacking. Never underestimate what amazing feats junkies are capable of when their fix is at stake.

          • BuzzCoastin

            No, we’ve been in that world Huxley described since the time he described it. He wasn’t describing the future; he was articulating the present. It’s gotten worse since then.

            Right now more than half of Der Homeland is medicated with some consciousness altering drug, legal or illegal.

            > programmable medication skin patch

            Got a job, mortgage, credit card debt, car payment?
            Own property? Got NetFlix? Got cable?
            Got a Smart Phone tracking device?
            They’re way better than any medicated patch.

  • Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley was indeed one of the elite designers of a New World. His book is NOT a warning, it’s a blueprint. Investigate brother Julian Huxley and his deep connection to british eugenics. Aldous was describing and creating a “scientific dictatorship” that would allow the royal elites to control the common man on an unprecedented level. If you listen to the “Ultimate Revolution” lecture and pay attention, his intentions are quite clear. The ultimate revolution is when a man has total control over another man’s perception, or mindbody as Huxley says. When the State incorporates changes that will closely resemble Brave New World, the ultimate revolution will be close at hand.

    “The older dictators fell because they could never supply their subjects with enough bread, enough circuses, enough miracles and mysteries. Under a scientific dictatorship, education will really work. With the result that most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution. There seems to be no good reason why a thoroughly scientific dictatorship should ever be overthrown.”

    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

    • Sir Legendhead

      I really don’t know if I want to upvote that or not. Bravo! Today you made someone think.

    • Andrew

      It’s nice to see people are starting to wake up and realize both “Brave New World” and “1984″ are predictive programming.

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  • Uproar

    Just keep voting for more and more government control. For more and more “protection of rights” (which typically take away other’s rights not add more– we were born with all the rights we will ever get — government can only take them away: or return them to their inherent state).