Letter: Nightmare vision of Huxley realized

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Nightmare vision of Huxley realized

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Neil Postman, in his book "Amusing Ourselves to Death, Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business," writes: "George Orwell, in his book, '1984,' "warns that we will be overcome by externally imposed oppression."

Postman points out that Aldous Huxley, in "Brave New World," warns that "no Big Brother" will be required "to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history...people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think." In "Brave New World Revisited," Huxley writes, "...civil libertarians failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions."

In 2016, we are seeing Huxley's vision come to pass with the ascendancy of Mr. Trump in the Republican primaries.

Jim Norchi, Pittsfield


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