"Propaganda under a Dictatorship"
Aldous Huxley was
born in Surrey, England, and was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.
Despite a serious eye disease, Huxley read with the aid of a magnifying glass
and graduated from Oxford in 1915 with honors in English literature, after which
he joined the staff of the Atheneum. His brilliant social satires and
wide-ranging essays on architecture, science, music, history, philosophy, and
religion explore the relationship between humans and society. Brave New World (1932) is his best-known
satire on how futuristic mass technology will achieve a sinister utopia of
scientific breeding and conditioned happiness. Huxley's other works include Eyeless in Gaza (1936), After Many a Summer (1939), Time Must Have a Stop (1944), and Ape and Essence (1948). The Doors of Perception (1954), Heaven and Hell (1956), and Island (1962) can be seen as attempts to
search in new spiritual directionsthrough mysticism, mescaline, and
parapsychologyas a reaction to the grim future he so devastatingly portrayed.
In "Propaganda under a Dictatorship," from Brave New World Revisited (1958), Huxley
reveals how the manipulation of language in the propaganda of Nazi Germany
conditioned the thoughts and behavior of the masses.
German Propaganda Archive:
Visit this site to read Nazi Party member Joseph Goebbels's 1932 article "Advice for a Dictator and for Those Who Want to Become One."
Political Propaganda and Persuasion:
Visit this site to learn about the propaganda of the Third Reich.
Visit this site for biographical information on Huxley; some of his famous quotations and a portrait are included.