Aldous Huxley to George Orwell: My Dystopia Is Better Than Yours

Source: Atlantic Jan/Feb issue

On October 21, 1949, a few months after the publication of 1984, George Orwell received a letter from Aldous Huxley, whose had been published 17 years earlier. Huxley concludes:Aldous Huxley

George Orwell“Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency. Meanwhile, of course, there may be a large-scale biological and atomic war — in which case we shall have nightmares of other and scarcely imaginable kinds.”

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One response to “Aldous Huxley to George Orwell: My Dystopia Is Better Than Yours

  1. Going from memory, Huxley was right about birth control, and the class system, with the hyper/achievers becoming the alpha super rich. Orwell was right about lies and spin, the Ministry of Truth, and the world being divided in three warring sections.