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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley was a famous English writer, philosopher, and intellectual. He was born into a prominent family and was educated at Oxford, but found little success in teaching, instead pursuing a successful writing career. His greatest interests were in the detrimental impact of science and industrialization, and he became a prominent pacifist in response to the aftermath of World War I. His most famous book is the dystopian novel Brave New World, published in 1932.

Brave New World: Be careful what you wish for

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

We all know Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World as a classic dystopian tale of a world bereft of conflict, pain, and hardship — but also lacking individuality, free will, and intellectual thought. You were probably forced to read it in high school (I somehow missed it) and if you were a normal teen it must be have been either very weird or strangely appealing (unlimited free drugs and sex, a carefree life, etc.). Granted, it's a brilliant critique of the early socialist utopias penned by H.G. Wells, after which Europe was engulfed in World War I and the Russian Revolution. So it was with much cynicism that Huxley must have written his story in 1932 to debunk the naïve fantasies socialists and libertarians had that humanity would solve all economic and social ills and create a perfect society.
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