Could anything like what is depicted in Brave New World really happen? Has it happened in some form that we don't fully recognize?

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In a letter to George Orwell after the publication of Orwell's 1984, Huxley wrote,

Within the next generation I believe that the world's rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.

We might say that some aspects of Brave New World  exist in a less extreme state in our world today and are used to keep people "loving their servitude." One...

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