Saturday, February 23, 2013

Brave New World

"A Whole New World"
Marxist values can be connected directly with many utopian novels. The "perfect society" is often one that the government controls, making life better (supposedly) for its citizens. Under this kind of rule, very few people have power to make decisions for the larger population.

In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley creates a society that seems to be just what the world needs. One of the components of this society is a lack of family. Society is focused on meaningless sex, and getting pregnant is a scandal. (Well...that's not too far off our society today, is it?) The problem is that the masses don't get to decide this. People are not allowed to have children. This is much like what Marx talks about with the largest group of people sharing what they have. In this case, though, it is their values that they must share, not their resources.

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