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Which dystopian film does 2014 USA most resemble? May 2, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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I found this the other day:

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I posted this on Facebook, and the few respondents all chose Idiocracy.  And I can understand why.

However, I chose Brave New World with strong overtones of 1984 and a dash of Mad Max.  Because Mad Max is one of my favorite movies.

When people chose Idiocracy, they seem to be commenting on the lack of education and reason in our society today.  But what I think they miss is that Brave New World so fits our culture – including mass ignorance – that it is truly frightening.

In Idiocracy, culture has been dumbed down because educated but self-centered people failed to reproduce, while ignorant people reproduced en masse, leading to a future, really stupid culture.

In Brave New World, the vast majority of society is deliberately bred and raised to be servile, ignorant, low-intelligence worker-bees.  And from my point of view, I think the elite’s destruction of the educational system, their production of mind-numbing entertainment of lower and lower standards and quality, and their (possibly temporary) willingness to subsidize lives of great ignorance and self-destruction on a mass scale basically describes the Brave New World scenario.

It’s not a perfect fit by any means. But there are so many aspects that are so chillingly similar to what we see in our culture today, it is positively shocking:

  • human sexuality made completely sterile through powerful drugs and constant indoctrination.  People in BNW are repulsed by the idea of natural procreation
  • Government encouragement of mass fornication. Nobody marries. Everybody screws around with everybody else.  In fact, people were conditioned to hate the idea of family. Look at our marriage rates today.
  • babies are born in government labs by artificial insemination, and then raised in test tubes, never seeing a womb. People are revulsed by the idea of natural childbirth. Various classes of babies are either given chemicals and drugs to enhance their intelligence, or to dumb them down.  All education is done by the state. All children are owned by the state, their future career is determined by the state, and there are absolutely no rights and freedoms.
  • There is a one-world hyperstate that governs most of the earth.  There are feral regions outside the highly technologically advanced one-world state that are basically left to their own devices.
  • The one world government is thoroughly leftist and controls population in a draconian manner.  World population is limited to 2 billion people.
  • There is no freedom, no choice. Everyone is just a cog in the government-ordered plan, which determines who they are, what they will be, and when they will die.  Government encouraged fornication on a mass scale is the tradeoff to keep people happy – people are encouraged, nearly forced to fornicate with anyone who demands it, with giant government-orchestrated orgies held, etc.
  • Oh, and another method of control is mandatory drug use.  It’s a bit like THX-1138 in that sense, everyone is kept strongly dosed with a powerful depressant/hypnotic/mood-stabilizer called Soma.  It’s rather like Prozac.
  • The governing elites preserve privileges for themselves that the masses are denied, like being able to have books.

I have over the past few years found it positively chilling how much our culture has come to look like Brave New World. We are well on our way to being just that kind of nightmare, dystopian society.

Below is a very uneven film rendition of Brave New World.  Some good talent, but some scenes look like they were made by a college student:

Comments

1. Jeremy - May 2, 2014

Brave new world hands down. You could even see the correlation of marijuana legalization with soma. I wouldnt doubt there will be more drugs legalized in the future.

2. skeinster - May 2, 2014

I agree with all your points on BNW, but I’ll pick Metropolis. Simply b/c there will always be renegades who rage against the machine.

3. Observer - May 2, 2014

Very true!
Clearly, Aldous Huxley was prescient, even prophetic.
PS, the Catholic writer E. Michael Jones has written a very comprehensive book on the way the system is using sexuality to control social dissent.

4. discipleofthedumbox - May 2, 2014

Definitely Brave New World with a good helping of Robocop and Judge Dredd especially as our own police forces continue to militarize. Don’t forget that sexual play without consequence amongst the very young was also encouraged in the world created by Aldous Huxley.

5. c matt - May 2, 2014

Tend to agree with BNW. There was another dystopia called “This Perfect Day” that was never a movie, afaik, but fits in pretty well. Probably a little bit of “A Boy and His Dog” in our future too. World War Z might also fit if you view the zombies as stand-ins for Democrats.

6. Jtal - May 3, 2014

Yes, I agree with Brave New World (with elements of 1984.) The government (and the evil one) have figured out that’s easier to enslave people via their animal lusts and consumerism than with ideology.

7. Scott - May 3, 2014

Let’s just cut to the chase and fill out the full dystopian vision: I vote “Lord of the World”.

8. wegzumhimmel - May 3, 2014

“Brave new world” is written by the brother of the co-founder and first Director of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (that why we are all so dumb, http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/), Sir (!) Julian Huxley.

Wiki knows interesting things about him:
evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, and internationalist. He was a proponent of natural selection, and a leading figure in the mid-twentieth century evolutionary synthesis. …
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Huxley

He was also a transhumanist.
http://www.zengardner.com/transhumanism-techno-eugenics-usurping-humanity/

His brother Aldous was obviously an “insider”. George Orwell was his pupil and friend.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2111440/Aldous-Huxley-letter-George-Orwell-1984-sheds-light-different-ideas.html

tantamergo - May 5, 2014

I wasn’t trying to hold out Huxley as anyone to emulate. He was disastrously liberal and supported many of the cultural trends and elements that are driving towards the dystopia he envisioned. Which makes his recognizing it all the more ironic. That is how blinded liberals are by their ideology.

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10. Rosa - May 5, 2014

These stories are only prophetic to people who do not know history.

tantamergo - May 5, 2014

? In what sense do you mean?

I think I might know a little bit of history.


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