on the HEADPHONES Truthful Translations of Political Speech
"O Brave New World that has such people in it."
Some Notes and Thoughts re Huxley's Brave New World
"When the 5th marquess of Lansdowne wrote to The Times suggesting that the 1st world war should be concluded with a compromise, as most wars of the 18th century had been, the editor refused to print it."
(....said Aldous Huxley, in his 1946 revised foreword to Brave New World)
"DaDa has more to do with the Battle of the Somme, with uprisings and putsches, than with what we usually consider art."
(.......said Ilya Ehrenburg)
In the 1920s and 30s, folowing the war, it was taken for granted that art has a social content and that artists ought to work for social change. DaDa, in essence, was revolt against war. None of those artists could bring themselves to work for the rebuilding of a society that had proven itself so morally bankrupt and they rejected all accepted values because those values had all succumbed to rabid militarism.
"Round pegs in Square holes tend to have dangerous thoughts about the social system and tend to infect others with their discontents."
THE PROBLEM OF HAPPINESS
THE PROBLEM OF MAKING PEOPLE LOVE THEIR SERVITUDE.
"A really efficient state would be one in which the all powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of Slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. Ensuring that enough people love it is the task assigned to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors, and schoolteachers."
(...Aldous Huxley, in his 1946 revised foreword to Brave new world)
" Great is the truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth."
The Pentagon "is very happy" with the outcome of the "embedding" of some 700 journalists with US military units during the war in Iraq. "More journalists should be brought into this process next time, especially foreign journalists."
( via Reporters Without Borders )
Plus.... the ultimate censorship, death and fear of death. Exactly how many journalists have the Americans killed so far?
The perpetuation of militarism.
The masses as cannon fodder
The importance of families to colonise empty or conquered territories.
The importance of families to produce more cannon fodder.