There would be no one who wanted to read book. Those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. The truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. We would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.
As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
In Brave New World, people are controlled by inflicting pleasure.
In short, Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.
Those who would ban books. Those who would deprive us of information. That the truth would be concealed from us. WE would become a captive culture.
In 1984, people were controlled by fear of pain.
In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us.
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