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There is a definite "groupie" climate in this society, in which people exist as droves but not as individuals. The atmosphere is repressive, but there are programmed sessions of sensorial hysteria during the "feelies." This may seem to be a contradiction at first, but everything (repression and gratification) is geared to channel the masses into doing whatever the state wants.
Huxley's futuristic bipolar society is neither "brave" nor "new" since it is obvious that manipulation through both reward and punishment is as old as time.
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