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Tuesday Thoughts: 1

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
Aldous Huxley to George Orwell in a letter of 21 October 1949.

The Joy of Books: a lovely short film.

Conservatism: “mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas.” Lionel Trilling.

“What would one do without women? Explore other channels.” Samuel Beckett.

White, contemptuous, millionaires looking to be president of the USA.

In 1958 John Steinbeck had some words of advice for his teenage son, Thom, who believed he had fallen in love.

St Francis of Assisi was the guy who first pointed out that when you own something, it owns you.

3 Responses to “Tuesday Thoughts: 1”

  1. Jim Murdoch says:

    Enjoyed the wee film and the Steinbeck letter but got caught up after that reading other letters from that delightful sight ending up on this bizarre letter from Michael Parkinson to Spike Milligan.

  2. john baker says:

    Yeah, bizarre is the right word, Jim.

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