Mike Wallace & Patrick Smith (1958)

“If you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the ruled”

– Aldous Huxley

This is an interview by Mike Wallace that took place on May 18, 1958, from the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, in which Huxley foretells a future when telegenic presidential hopefuls use television to rise to power, technology takes over, drugs grab hold, and frightful dictatorships rule us all.

“This is Aldous Huxley, a man haunted by a vision of hell on earth. Mr. Huxley wrote a Brave New World, a novel that predicted that some day the entire world would live under a frightful dictatorship. Today Mr. Huxley says that his fictional world of horror is probably just around the corner for all of us.”

– MIke wallace

“I’d rather be myself,” he said. “Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly.”

– Bernard Marx

*From the Aldous Huxley novel Brave New World published in 1932.

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