A question about Brave New World Please cite any examples in recent world history where countries have employed some of the same techniques as those used by the Utopian government to make its...

A question about Brave New World

Please cite any examples in recent world history where countries have employed some of the same techniques as those used by the Utopian government to make its position secure?

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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is, of course, a satire upon totalitarianism, among other things.  In the Soviet Union, religion was virtually eliminated and replaced with the importance of the State as is the case in the New World.  Similar to the conditioning of hypnopedia, Russia's Pravda, the leading newspaper and official voice of the Communist Party, dictated thought to the masses. Also, the Russian Premier was much like the Controllers of the New World.

In Nazi Germany, the churches were controlled as the motto of Nazism, "Germany forever; my Fuhrer is my god" sums up the replacement of religion with the state.  Children were taken from the homes, fitted with brown uniforms, taught to march and recite mottos of the state.  Books were burned. Citizens were encourged to believe in the superiority of the Aryan race and to hate those who were not of the super race that was being created.  Mentally handicapped people were done away with, as were Jewish people who were not of the German race and blamed for the economic depression of the country.

In both Communism and Nazism, thought control was prevalent with the elimination of religion and information that might distract them from the cause of the nation. People were placed in jobs where the state wanted them; certainly, free thought was not allowed and was, as in the New World, considered dangerous. 

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