Fortunately our society is a world of free thought, progressivism, and freedom. With that being said, Aldous Huxley’s fears of conditioning and conformity do not root back into the lack of individuality in our civilization that he foresaw. Huxley feared that our society would be filled with brain-washed and thoughtless beings who could never think for themselves. Today that is not the case. However, Huxley had a good reason to fear as his dystopian novel Brave New World, showed off depictions of what could happen if the world was as conditioned in a way that was written.
There is no hope for a people in that society which allows unrestrained suppression of beliefs or thought to take place. Bradbury uses characterization to help develop the theme that is governmental influence and controls. The government gained control of society by telling people what to think, instead of letting them think themselves. Bradbury refers to Fahrenheit 451 as a book about censorship because. Ray Bradbury introduces this new world through the character Guy Montag.
The laws the government had in Anthem helped achieve total equality. There’s this one word that you cannot say in the society: “there is no crime punished by death in this world, save this one crime of speaking the unspeakable word.” (Rand, 49). Anthem’s society has a law that will get you killed for saying one word. With laws like these everyone will be too scared to do anything wrong keeping the society equal behavior wise. The lack of education in this society is certainly important in the process but so is the fact that the people in the society had no individuality.
In the Novel Fahrenheit 451, one way that the government controls their society is by outlawing owning and reading any type of literature. There are a couple reasons why the government does this. One reason they ban books is because they want everyone to be equal, so everyone is more comfortable with the way they are. There are no more labels, such as “Genius” or “Stupid” or “better”. As Beatty states in the book “We must all be alike.
This mistake removed the thoughts and actions of individuals, which is what allows a society to flourish. While the city in Ayn Rand’s novella uses a complex system of laws and government controls in hope of suppressing ego, they ultimately fail due to the fact that there will always be someone whose
The theory is considered as an inappropriate model, as it does not take into considerations poverty and privileges that exists in the developing countries (Grugel and Bishop 2014:35). Therefore, many societies in the world are outright rejecting the empirical democratic theory or failing it completely in their process of achieving democracy. Conventional theorists see democracy simply as an end in itself, critical thinkers are much more likely to see democracy as a source of emancipation (Hobson 2010:17 in Grugel and Bishop 2014: 36). As a result, Bishop and Grugel proposed new prospect like participatory democracy, there the focus is on the participants, not on the elections or representation to ensure that democracy is achieved. For example, the participation of feminist in the political sphere is highly encouraged as it redefines the boundaries of the ‘political’ in democratic theory.
In order to reconstruct what is in place at the moment we must be informed and educated on what is really going on around us, in order to make a difference and better the future of our nation. Surveys show that students around the nation don’t care for politics. The reason behind it is not having the urge and passion in learning about the realities of life and how democracy actually works. In contrary, it is simple to run a nation without actually having to enforce and regulate Congress or the top one percent of the nation to do what is right for the people, we are easily taken advantage of. Port Huron Statement urges us to be much more involved and not controlled by the structure that has been set out for us to go by but to rather to be “risky”, in everything we do.
Handicaps prevent an individual from functioning as a whole. Handicaps not only prevent people from being all they could be, but it prevents them from the individuality that makes them up as humans. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” set in the near future, displays how being equal in the eyes of the government, means having to cover up your talent, mind, or beauty, with an object that they see fit to make you the same as everyone else mentally, physically and emotionally. Vonnegut’s story explains how handicaps can weigh you down, quite literally.
As stated before, the concept of serenity is the ability to live freely with the absence of feeling guilt, sorrow, anger, or loathe between man and life, whose depictions of it is not manipulated by other forces. This shows how society failed in doing so because in Harrison Bergeron, this is about how the government tries make everybody equal successfully by putting handicaps on people, making them not become an individual who may be superior. This creates brainwashed people such as Hazel, who is not aware of her situation and has her views on life manipulated to mean her peace and serenity is not real. What is true, however, is the fact of Harrison Bergeron being viewed as an evil creation who everyone calls a monster. He tries to help others follow his path only to be killed because of his superiority.
Mond is like a philosopher king because he sacrifices his own interests for the sake of others. “By choosing to serve happiness”, he sacrifices his interests for truth and science. For a place like the New World where consumerism is prominent, old things do not belong like the books he reads. Consumerism means liking the new ones. “[They] don’t want people to be attracted by old things” that is why old books like Othello are prohibited.
In dystopian novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games, characters fought through severe governmental control and discrimination to take back their freedoms. The people of Kaivotopolis have come to a much simpler and less bloody solution to end their displeasure with the current United States of America. Rather than cause war and endanger thousands of lives, they have severed their ties with the US and have formed a new republic. Kaivotopolis is a meritocratic, innovation driven society that allows its citizens to have a major part in both government and education decisions. Its citizens believe this is a superior society compared to their current one because the leaders are implementing strategies used by the world 's top countries that have been proven the most effective.
The story “Harrison Bergeron”, portrays what kind of world the author, Kurt Vonnegut anticipates in the future. He illustrated that people should not try to enforce equality, ultimately because it results in a dystopian society. For instance, by altering beauty, intelligence, strength and weaknesses, the government thinks that people can become more equal. As a result, “Nobody was smarter…better looking…stronger or quicker than anybody else” (Vonnegut 1). It is normal to be born different from others.
However, if the government were to regulate scientific advancements, the scientific world would not see much development, nor would everyday life be as efficient. In addition, science would be restricted to basic knowledge if it were not for advancements. A totalitarian government should not regulate scientific advancements because there are many negative effects that follow, such as the loss of true happiness and knowledge of the world, as told by Huxley. Government regulation of science negatively impacts knowledge of nature and its surroundings. Before the Scientific Revolution, people blindly followed the beliefs of the Church and never questioned whether or not these beliefs were true.
They are ways to make sure we can govern ourselves and do it fairly with fewer unhappy citizens and more grateful citizens. Limited government is a government outline where any more than minimal governmental intervention in personal liberties and the economy is not allowed by law, usually in a written Constitution. It is closely related to libertarianism, classical liberalism, and some tendencies of conservatism in the United States. In other words, limited government protects and serves us citizens by not using their overwhelming power to control citizens. It explains that the government has no natural or God-given powers; it has only
Statistics are known to be biased, and his statistics are picked to justify and push this theory. Pinker doesn’t consider that his American perspective and our way of life colors his beliefs. He doesn’t mention the possibility of massive destruction of humanity in a way there could never have happened before the invention of nuclear weapons. He feels our sense of responsibility for democratizing and civilizing the world influences our ability to have empathy and compassion, become less selfish and vengeful and therefore violence has declined dramatically. People have experienced a broadening sense of community, global interdependence and our global society.