Version 3.0: October 20, 2019
References to be sorted
Crome Yellow is a novel published in 1921 by Brave New World author Aldous Huxley [R].
According to commentators, this novel is a satire concerning Aldous Huxley’s real life stays at Garsington Manor, the home of Lady Ottoline Morrell, where he met with other cultural influencers [R].
Denis Stone, the main character, is staying with familiar friends at a house called “Crome” in the village of the same name.
Chapter 2: Mrs. Priscilla Wimbush, the hostess, is introduced as spending her time with New Thought, the Occult, horoscopes, and gambling on horses and football. She talks to Denis about how exciting faith is, believing in “the next world and all the spirits, and one’s Aura” and refers to Mrs. Eddy, the “Christian Mysteries” and “Mrs. Besant” [R].
Chapter 4: Anne likes Denis and they talk. Denis worries about philosophy, ideas and “ratiocination.” Anne has “always taken things as they come. . . One enjoys the pleasant things, avoids the nasty ones . . . .” Denis says he has to “invent an excuse, a justification for everything that’s delightful. . .” Anne tells him that he needs a “nice plump young wife” and “a little congenial but regular work.” At this point, Denis fails to express what he really wanted to say to Anne: “What I need is you.” He is in despair. The opportunity passes. He repeats this mistake in a more dramatic way at the end of the novel.
In this case, the words of Denis seem to explain the problem: his mind–his thoughts and rationalizations–prevent him from doing what he (or every other part of him) really feels he needs to do. Later, Denis starts to wonder whether his ideas are even his own [see Chapter 24]. I think we should ask the same question about where our ideas come from. Are we led around and blocked from living a happier life by our minds which are full of half-baked and deceptive ideas from outside “authorities” ?
I think Denis’s mistake is a pop culture trope. Another example is Charlie Brown being too scared to talk to the “little red-haired girl.” I think it would be a healthier story if the famous comic strip Peanuts showed Charlie Brown resolving his fear and lack of confidence, but he never does [R]. There is some vague fear that causes the indecision–there is no rational explanation other than possibly a false belief about himself or about the world–and it would be better if there were more of an intact network of family members and friends who would be willing to encourage him and counter the negative programming. Whether it is transmitted via our family or not, it seems clear to me that we do operate in many areas of life according to external programming [see R: Peanuts examples] [R: McLuhan’s comment].
In real life, Denis’s mistake is a happiness-reducing, dis-empowering and population-reducing (family-preventing) pattern of behavior. Considering some of the themes in Crome Yellow, I think it’s reasonable to speculate that the author is considering the implications of Denis’s behavior pattern in a similar way.
We take these very simple things in stories for granted. To us, pop stories of romance are very entertaining–and I think many of us would find it distasteful to consider the idea that we are being observed like domesticated animals and manipulated in a clinical way–via entertainment–by other classes of society who are counting the number of children we produce [see R: Peanuts examples].
Chapter 5: The residents are gathered round looking at a sow nurse her fourteen young. Henry Wimbush wants to slaughter the other one who had only five and also the boar who was getting old. Anne thought it was cruel, but Mr. Scogan praises the practicality of it. He compares the farm to a model of sound government, and so we get an idea of the line of thought Huxley encountered in his circles:
Make them breed, make them work, and when they’re past . . . , slaughter them.
The character Gombauld, who Denis sees as a rival for Anne’s affections, speaks up in favor of everyone having as many children as possible:
Lots of life: that’s what we want. . . .
The author explains Gombauld’s thoughts:
Sterility was odious, unnatural, a sin against life. Life, life, and still more life.
Mary is angry at this because she was a “convinced birth-controller” [Annie Besant: R].
Scogan starts in on how love is now dissociated from “propagation” and “Eros” is now an “entirely free god” and eventually humans will succeed in separating reproduction from sex:
An impersonal generation will take the place of Nature’s hideous system.
The he talks about “state incubators” and “gravid [pregnant] bottles” (producing bottle babies or what we eventually call test-tube babies, or maybe we can call them incuba-tots), which produce the population that the world “requires” as if the world thinks as a collective all-knowing entity–like a fake AI or H. G. Wells’s “World Brain” [R]–that decides how many is too many. It’s just a genocidal and imperial attitude of domination dressing up its culling decisions in scientific/technological garb.
The family system will disappear; society, sapped at its very base, will have to find new foundations; and Eros
Eros . . .will flit like a gay butterfly from flower to flower . . . [R.]
And this is very similar to major aspects of Huxley’s later novel Brave New World. Anne thinks it sounds “lovely.” Mary is astonished about the “bottles.”
All of the points about Eros in Crome Yellow or sexual “freedom” fit with the points made by Aldous Huxley in his novel Brave New World which includes the policy of sexual freedom as a fundamental component of it scientific dictatorship [R].
I think Huxley’s use of this Russell-like Scogan character–a sociable extremist–is an example of a media technique for introducing the public to controversial ideas. The Gombauld character, who I agree with, is presented as the opposite extreme, and I bet many readers have tended to adopt a position–like Mary’s–somewhere between Gombauld and Scogan.
Chapter 6: Another guest is introduced–Mr. Barbecue-Smith, an author of books of “comfort and spiritual teaching. So the literary interests of the guests, including Denis, remind us of the crowd Huxley was part of. He implies the “astral world” in this scene. Mr. Barbecue-Smith tells Denis the secret of writing professionally is “Inspiration” and you need to learn how to get Inspiration to function. He explains that he shouldn’t bother with the intellectual labor. He claims to hypnotize himself and write in a trance state. So it’s automatic writing. Was it nonsense? “Certainly not.” That’s how he writes his inspirational and financially successful spiritual books. He turns off his conscious brain and writes with his subconscious. Huxley later develops these themes of hypnosis and religious mysticism in his fiction and non-fiction writing and talks, and so we have our current version of the modern world filled with similar influences [R].
Chapter 7: Mary talks to Anne about “sexual repression” and about whether to pick either Denis or Gombauld. Anne refuses to advise.
Chapter 8: Mary decides on Denis because he seems “safer.”
Chapter 9: Mr. Bodiham is studying a pamphlet he had presented as a sermon four years earlier during the War (World War I) about Bible prophecy and the Second Coming in relation to world events–for example the capture of Jerusalem by the British and the destruction of the Ottoman Empire [R].
He believed at the time that the war would end with Armageddon and the return of Christ. He identified the symbols in the Book of Revelation such as the Beast or Woman as the “Papal power” or Roman Catholic Church, and the False Prophet as the “Society of Jesus” (the Jesuits). Mr. Bodiham interprets one of the evil spirits in the Book of Revelation as the spirit of German Higher Criticism [R].
When I was in my teens and early 20s, this type of prophecy-oriented religious teaching–powered by the fear of nuclear annihilation–was a huge part of my life and the decisions I made–or failed to make. It crosses the boundaries of different Protestant sects (orthodox and heterodox) and has permeated mainstream evangelical Christianity for decades. Even Roman Catholics via Malachi Martin on The Art Bell Show have been presented with their own version of the Apocalypse [R], and it has been mixed with aliens and UFOs for New Age believers [R]. The “zombie apocalypse” is now a common theme in entertainment.
I believe now that these parts of the Bible are used for social engineering–to destabilize society by unsettling people, and to put large numbers of people out of action–to have them surrender this life and this world for either heaven or a future utopia. I think the ruling class has been very interested in this as a device to use for foreign policy goals in the Middle East.
Mr. Bodiham is frustrated. It was four years later and England was at peace, the people of Crome were “as wicked and indifferent as ever.” He wanted to understand but there was no answer. He felt like screaming, he gripped his chair. He felt hopeful (!) that there was another world war brewing so that all the prophecies would fall into place as he interpreted them. But he remained dissatisfied with his reasoning.
This kind of distortion–his being hopeful about there being another war—is the sort of attitude that can occur with apocalyptic belief systems, especially when people are trying to see their beliefs vindicated in real life events. A healthier approach to religious values would involve focusing on living a good life, which includes holding ground in this world against destabilizing forces so that everyone can have some hope of stability and peace.
Also, Mrs. Bodiham complains about the village of Crome becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah. So Huxley manages to caricature those who are opposed to the lifestyle of this circle as a bitter couple obsessed with interpreting prophecies. I think that sexual activity is left out of the novel to make it more palatable and to escape censorship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Ottoline_Morrell mentions the Russell affair and attendance by D. H. Lawrence, whose writings were famously censored [R].
I think there is a lot of good in many of the teachings of Christianity, but it is clear to me from my own experience that these dispensationalist beliefs about the “End of the World” cause many to give up on this world. Because of the sense of inevitability–of God’s will–they feel that everything is falling apart, so why should they bother doing anything to build a system that represents their own values.
Instead of focusing on the many potentially harmful issues which Christian values could contribute to resolving, major evangelical movements now go all the way with the politics involved in promoting the continued domination of the Middle East.
For whatever reason, whether it is actually referring to past events or not, slave-state plans are encapsulated within the Book of Revelation. Regardless of why they are there, I hope that Christians and others become more conscious of the parallels between the “Mark of the Beast” (can’t buy or sell without it) and the potentially literally soul-destroying, transhumanist (Julian Huxley), cashless system being built around us of Smart City surveillance sensors and high-frequency cell towers interacting with neural implants [R].
Do WE plan this system being built around us? No, but Christian or not, many of us have been involved in building and supporting it to various degrees–by contributing to the technology or just by accepting it. Maybe it’s time to stop. Technology is supposed to be morally neutral–it could be used for good or bad we say–OK, but on the other hand, are Christian values determining the direction? No. Many of us got involved in technological development and it made a lot of people prosperous [R]. Money can be used to push agendas forward.
Historically, the cable networks started streaming pornography and then the Internet eventually was streaming free pornography. Couldn’t there be a better situation if people cared enough to stop it? What about in your own home and with your own family?
Was our technology designed only by good people with good intentions? Where do the wars come from? What about World War I mentioned in the novel? The same government-media-corporate complex also promotes the wars–and if you send your children–male and female!–into these wars-what happens to them? Damaged bodies, damaged spirits, damaged families. None of this is pro-family, pro-human or pro-life.
I’ll point to the film Apocalypse Now as an example of nihilistic cultural programming. “Apocalypse” is another name for the Book of Revelation. The point of the Vietnam War in my opinion is the feeling of the movie–the chaos that resulted–of all kinds–death, drugs [R] and cultural destruction. The featured song is The End, whose lyrics claim that it’s “the end” whether you take that literally or not. The song claims the “children are insane,” which seems to parallel how more and more children and adults are being diagnosed with supposed disorders and put on psychotropic drugs. The name of the band, the Doors comes from Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception which promotes the use of psychedelic drugs. The lead singer, Jim Morrison, was the son of an admiral involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident that began the Vietnam War [R].
Everything’s falling apart supposedly, people are depressed–because of things we can identify and things we can’t–and there are casualties of all kinds. And the solutions offered to our fears are distractions, drugs and surveillance.
We can’t do anything about it, or can we? If we feel that it’s all over, I believe that’s part of the psychological warfare. If we feel that we can’t let go of a major aspect of it–if we love the wars, or we love the technology, or we love the sexual revolution, or we love the drugs, or we love the entertainment–then, it’s harder to stop Brave New World. But I hope that the more we learn about it and experience it, the less we love it.
Chapter 10: Anne is dancing with Gombauld, so Denis is frustrated and not interested in Mary’s approaches.
He was not just unhappy about Anne:
he was wretched about himself, the future, life in general . . .
Chapter 11: Henry Wimbush talks about the original builder of the Crome house (described as a rebellion against nature) writing a book (“Certaine Privy Counsels . . . “) about where to put the bathrooms (at the top of the three towers but long gone) and how to design them to counteract the “degrading effects” and remind us that “we are the noblest creatures of the universe.” The bathrooms should all have the noblest books:
the Proverbs of Solomon, Boethius’s Consolations of Philosophy, the apophthegms of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, the Enchiridion of Erasmus, and all other works, . . . which testify to the nobility of the human soul [R].
I don’t know what Huxley’s sincere opinion was about human beings, but I believe that he was getting this idea through from some of the elites who would have laughed hard at this caricatured effort and would have attacked the nobility of human life and human beings in general — the majority, not themselves. Actually, it is very interesting and maybe we shouldn’t see it as funny that some of us will try to make our lives and the lives of others as dignified as possible because of and in spite of the pressures that tend to pull us down. This is in contrast to those who would just let the majority of us live in mud and freezing cold and degradation—which is where we are logically headed when—based on “scientific” claims from social engineering think-tanks– major energy sources such as coal are discontinued and when we are taxed on carbon. This is because we are made of carbon, we emit carbon as a clean gas, and we need carbon fuels for basic survival.
Think of the cost in maintaining proper sewage and septic systems to mention a relevant example. Less energy means more expensive energy, it means less carbon emissions, it means more taxes on carbon applied to products and services, it means less of everything for us, less health care, more euthanasia, less children, less grandchildren, less of us. And this goes along with Huxleyan agendas of endless drugs, cheap entertainment and simulations of sex.
Do the arithmetic for yourself and explain how I’m wrong. It’s all one big series of minus signs going down. Degradation. The Club of Rome called it “Limits to Growth” and explained what they had in mind with “global warming” [R]. Answer: stop going along with the propaganda that deliberately seeks to confuse and devalue all of us.
Mr. Scogan goes on about the necessity of eccentric aristocrats who can think and do whatever they please:
you must have a class of people who are secure, safe from public opinion, safe from poverty, leisured, not compelled to waste their time in the imbecile routines that go by the name of Honest Work.
Chapter 12: Mary realizes that Denis had “deliberately repelled” her efforts to have a “serious discussion” so she turned her attention to Gombauld, who spent many hours each day painting. Mary dropped in on Gombauld and she was disappointed to see his more realistic painting, having expected to see a cubist work. Gombauld sent her on her way after finishing his cigarette.
Maybe Huxley is trying to make an identification between Gombauld and one of the socially conservative modernist personalities such as Wyndham Lewis, or G. K. Chesterton who was a cubist painter [R].
Chapter 13: Henry Wimbush had written a book about the previous (fictional) lords of the Crome mansion, one of them being Hercules, a dwarf, who had been rejected by his father. In the story, Hercules was a scholar and a poet. The book recounted one of his poems, which basically expresses the Great Work, the underlying mystery, the masonic agenda, the same goals that Julian Huxley had expressed in his transhumanist ideas:
We also have a reference to the ancient Nephilim story which is a popular story today. It starts out referring to the “blacksmith” Tubal, and how corrupt humans brought forth “obscene giants” and God drowned them all in the Flood. Then he refers to Tellus bearing two huge brainless brawny brothers. Then the idea is that man’s mind became vaster as his muscle became slighter. He wielded the pen instead of the sword. Art and intelligence increases as our bodies get smaller and weaker.
A time will come . . . / When happy mortals of a Golden Age / Will backward turn the dark historic page, / And in our vaunted race of Men behold / A form as gross, a Mind as dead and cold, / As we in Giants see, in warriors of old. / A time will come, wherein the soul shall be / From all superfluous matter wholly free; / When the light body, agile as a fawn’s, / Shall sport with grace along the velvet lawns. / Nature’s most delicate and final birth, / Mankind perfected shall possess the earth.
But they will still be unhappy because there will still be “monstrous” “stupid” “giants” “who think themselves divinely born.” The ones who are supposed to be precursors of the nobler breed point to heaven but “live themselves in Hell.”
And this is all very interesting. In this story within a story, the small man sees himself as superior. It occurs to me that the popular alien stories (presented as non-fiction by authors such as Whitley Strieber) show a very slightly built type of creature – thin body, legs and arms. Maybe that’s a representation of the ultimate human in someone’s mind–because it is an idea expressed by H. G. Wells in his stories–and I suppose Huxley may have been referring to that.
And so we arrive today with some people totally starving their bodies of essential nutrients as they attempt to reach “spiritual” perfection by not eating meat. And this comes up later in another of the stories.
Hercules finds a wife of the same size. They despair, however, when they give birth to a normal sized son. When the son gets older, he and his dog menace everyone in the house, and his friends would ridicule his parents and the servants. After one extreme case of mockery, Hercules and his wife decide to end their lives together. He reads a passage in Suetonious unexpectedly disparaging dwarves before he takes his life.
Although it is a satire of someone’s beliefs I think, here we have an example of the potentially destructive suicide theme in fiction. I think we have too much promotion of death as a “solution” in modern pop culture, and in my opinion there is likely to be social engineering behind a lot of it.
Chapter 15: “Havelock Ellis” is suddenly mentioned in this chapter, who seems to have been a significant promoter of the sexually permissive society [R].
Henry Havelock Ellis, known as Havelock Ellis (2 February 1859 – 8 July 1939), was an English physician, writer, progressive intellectual and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He co-wrote the first medical textbook in English on homosexuality in 1897, and also published works on a variety of sexual practices and inclinations, as well as on transgender psychology. . . . Ellis was among the pioneering investigators of psychedelic drugs and the author of one of the first written reports to the public about an experience with mescaline, which he conducted on himself in 1896. He supported eugenics . . .
Ellis’ 1933 book, Psychology of Sex, is one of the many manifestations of his interest in human sexuality. . . .
The Wikipedia article explains that this book goes into detail about children. As with Alfred Kinsey’s later publications, this kind of research should always be examined for its moral appropriateness.
In Brave New World, sexual “freedom” (conditioned from an early age in Huxley’s novel) –along with drugs and propaganda–is used to make people compliant to scientific dictatorship. So much for social reform.
The 26-year old Ivor arrives in this chapter.
Chapter 16: Scogan talks about suffering in this world and how happiness is only possible because we can’t hear the screams of others who suffer alone.
But actually, rather than seeking a false utopia, it would be better if our priority was making this world more tolerable and comfortable for others in our families and communities. However, what elite-funded revolutionaries actually do in order to bring about their “utopia”–on behalf of the oligarchs seeking total power–is to destroy everything stable and decent.
Chapter 17: Mary is attracted to Ivor as he plays the piano–the Mr. Perfect of the house. He is even a good “medium and telepathis,” continuing the theosophy themes. Ivor has “first-hand” knowledge of the other world. He can write poetry, sing and paint. He is rich, independent and charming. Ivor puts his arm around Anne. Denis hates Ivor. Ivor has his arms around Mary also, and it doesn’t seem to make much difference if it is Anne or Mary. Nevertheless, Dennis gets closer to Anne when he nurses her wounds, but she just can’t take him seriously in that way–not mature enough. He feels humiliated after trying to carry her. He is very depressed. Priscilla is leafing through Ivor’s drawings of “Spirit Life,” produced in a trance state.
Chapter 18: It is Sunday and Mary goes with Ivor to Roman Catholic services whereas Mr. Bodiham preaches at the Crome parish church.
Wimbush reflects that the Puritans had stamped out the older culture of Sunday activities that kept the young men busy in past times–such as archery and dancing–as “members of a conscious community.” Now they had “nothing” except the Boys’ Club along with rare dances and concerts. So it is either boredom or city pleasures (a long bike trip). You can get a sense of what Huxley focuses on in these types of observations.
Manningham’s Diary for 1600 had mentioned a scandal of men and women dancing naked in the hills at night. The Puritan horsemen rode into the crowd. They were arrested, whipped, jailed and put in the stocks. Wimbush thought this type of party had been a good thing, perhaps an ancient tradition that had been snuffed out by the magistrates. Maybe he is leaving out a darker side to it. Were they just dancing or was it an orgy–which can lead to abuses?
I think this passage portrays two extremes and life would be happier somewhere in the middle—yes, more archery and dancing, more community, but leave out the orgies. In our world, unfortunately, I think a lot of young people are already being dragged into behaviors that go way beyond the experiences of most parents parents and which aren’t going to benefit them at all.
The generations are divided intentionally so that younger people are isolated from whatever wisdom their elders have (if any). Because of their energy, they feel that they are invulnerable, so they are victimized heavily by half-truths – by propaganda that only gives them part of the story—they are victimized by sexual propaganda and by war propaganda. When I say victimized, I mean it in the full sense. They are sold a pack of lies—and it’s not to help them. They are flattered and seduced by Pied Pipers—told constantly that they are special and know more than their parents and offered education and special status.
And older generations are intimidated by the made-up idea that the young are “progressing,” that they know what they’re doing—or they just believe that they should follow the system into the latest war. All generations are fooled into thinking that new attitudes and behaviors just come out of nowhere, that they just appear-that we’re evolving and “progressing” in some unplanned, spontaneous way—even though the education system and the media-entertainment complex is sitting right there in front of them all day every day indoctrinating everyone.
There is an end in mind and it’s not freedom, and what we have isn’t freedom either. It’s entertainment and flattery and conditioning and pats on the back as the young proceed over the cliff of what life they are presented with. Again, the answer is to stop going along with everything. You don’t have to. We don’t have to. They don’t have to if you can talk them out of whatever mistake it is, maybe you should warn them about the mistakes they’re already making that you haven’t even imagined yet. Assumptions and complacency and ignorance in a sea of propaganda. Young people are unaware and immature. Older people are unaware and complacent beyond any sense.
If I suggest turning off your TV for a week or longer to see what happens, to see if your own thoughts get a chance to go anywhere new on their own–to see if you can get your mind free, some people will tell me “that’s not freedom!” But if you are unable to turn off the TV (or cancel your cable service) and are unwilling to see the toxic nature of its propaganda, what kind of freedom do you have?
Chapter 19: Wimbush recounts the story of his grandfather, George Wimbush, who is troubled and curious about three sisters, including Georgiana, who are pale, have no appetite and refuse to eat. They talk about how we need to think of the soul instead and about how beautiful death is and how little food is necessary to live. George thinks that they seem healthy enough so he considered the possibility they were right–that if you were very spiritual, you didn’t need much food. They always go to dances but they obsess over literary references to lovers committing suicide and dying together–so we have the death and suicide themes again. The mother condemned this talk, wondering what would happen to the world if everyone acted on such principles, asserting that death was unpleasant, not poetical. George is jealous of Lord Timpany’s courting of Georgiana. He broods but discovers that the three sisters have a secret room where they eat full meals together. One of the sisters feels “a little more material” at dinner. George laughs when he discovers them eating. Georgiana urges George not to tell anyone, that it would make them look ridiculous, saying “Eating is unspiritual, isn’t it?” George blackmails her into marrying him with this information.
Ivor and Mary both sleep on the towers that night–separately because society in general (at least the servants) would not approve. There is a scene with a peacock. Ivor grabs a feather and gives it to Mary. He flees back to his tower before the servants wake up.
Chapter 20: Ivor leaves and goes back to his sleeping around and his riding activities for the rest of the summer.
Chapter 21: Anne and Gombauld talk about the interaction between men and women as he paints her portrait. He is frustrated with Anne because she is distracting and he feels she is playing a game of evading his advances. He accuses her of playing the same game with Denis, but they both feel very protective of Denis and Anne very solemnly denies that she had flirted in anyway with Denis. Gombauld expresses his frustration by finishing off the portrait of Anne as though she is listless and expressionless.
Chapter 22: Denis is jealous of Gombauld.
Scogan claims that everything ever done in the world is “done by madmen.” Scogan compares Erasmus using reason to Luther being violent and passionate. Luther was the one who motivated the listeners, Erasmus was seen as too reasonable and lacking in the power to move men to action. Europe followed Luther into an endless bloody war.
Sanity, says Scogan, tells us that we can preserve civilization only by “behaving decently and intelligently.” He concludes that the “sane” should make a “sane and reasonable exploitation of the forces of insanity.” And so we have the “social revolution” Scogan talked about earlier, which I believe he is advocating in order to achieve a supposedly “sane” utopian society, which is just crazy and destructive.
“We sane men will have the power yet.” At this point the author gives him a “fiendish” laugh. Scogan talks about how everyone wants power. “We men of intelligence will learn to harness the insanities to the service of reason.” We can’t leave the world to chance, he says, we can’t allow maniacs to turn things upside down. So it’s the rationalization formula of the scientific dictatorship–these dictators see themselves as sane and rational compared to other dictators. “In future, the men of reason” must channel properly the madness of maniacs–“to do useful work.”
And I think the author has the Marquis de Sade in mind as in his Foreword to his later work Brave New World [R]. Scogan continues:
The men of intelligence must . . . conspire, and seize power from the imbeciles and maniacs . . They must found the Rational State.
human beings will be separated out into distinct species [R: see quote by Russell] . . . according to the qualities of their mind and temperament.
Psychologists will test every child and “assign it to its proper species.” Each child will be educated in functions suitable to its species. This is the caste system later described in Huxley’s Brave New World.
The three main species of Scogan are: “the Directing Intelligences” or the governors, “the men of Faith,” and “the Herd.”
The “Men of Faith” are the Madmen who believe in things “unreasonably” and are ready to die. Oh, the new madman won’t be like the old Madmen – he will expend his passion in the “propagation of some reasonable idea” instead. Scogan “chuckled maliciously.” Despite his diatribes and evil laughs, the other characters don’t seem to avoid him.
The= “Men of Faith”
will go out into the world, preaching and practising with a generous mania the coldly reasonable projects of the Directors . . .
When those projects are accomplished, then a “new generation of madmen” will be sent out with a “new eternal truth” to direct the Herd.
Note that the elites, represented by Scogan, see us as a herd of animals.
Charles Galton Darwin, a relative of the author, wrote about the use of religious creeds in this way [R].
They will usually be “busy with the great work of education.” The term “great work” appears again.
The Herd’s “boundless suggestibility will be scientifically exploited.”
The lower group will be taught again that the earth is at “the centre of the universe” and man is pre-eminent. They will be taught that happiness consists in work and obedience. They will never “awake” from their “intoxication.”
It is interesting that Scogan thinks they could go back to the teaching that the earth was at the centre of the universe just for the lower classes. In the current phase of our real world, man’s status has been downgraded so that we are just supposed to be like other animals, and a nasty pest on the earth that causes climate catastrophes. We are surrounded by endless galaxies supposedly full of planets like ours and we don’t even have a single universe anymore in the current pop culture “science” of multi-verses. We are just biological machines without free will that somehow evolved from inanimate matter surrounded by chaos and an empty void.
Denis asked Scogan where he would fit in. Scogan replied that he could not see him fitting into any of the three categories, so it would be the “lethal chamber” for Denis [R – to do: copy out the quote by Russell].
Denis feels hurt by this terrible statement.
Scogan states that “leisure and culture” have to be paid for but fortunately not by those who have leisure and culture.
Chapter 23: Scogan complains about Gombauld’s painting not being cubist. “Nature, or anything that reminds me of nature, disturbs me . . . pointless and incomprehensible.” Scogan likes to stick to the subway, human design and technology, to the “snug and neat” philosophies and religious ideas of man.
Meanwhile, Denis tells Anne that he loves her.
Chapter 24: Denis opens Jenny’s diary and sees a mocking caricature of himself envying Gombauld and Anne while they are dancing. There were caricatures of the others but he focuses on the ones of himself. Then he realizes that he isn’t the only one who is conscious and aware. There isn’t just him looking on at the world. There is an outer world beyond him that is just as intelligent or more so.
He wondered if there is anything in his brain that is his own or is it all just bits and pieces of other people’s poems and ideas, the results of his education. [R: McLuhan statement]
Mary is feeling very hurt about Ivor.
Chapter 25: Everyone is planning their roles in the annual Charity Fair.
Chapter 26: The day of the fair. Denis is moping around, realizing he’s just like everyone else.
Chapter 27: At the fair, Scogan dresses as a fortune-telling woman (so we have the hermaphroditic theme come up). He reads people’s palms and messes with their heads. Overall this situation portrays him as a playful, sympathetic character who is willing to suffer indignities, contrary to the grimness of his rants.
Mary complains about a woman who had three children in 31 months and how she proceeded to lecture her about the Malthusian League [R: term refers to Thomas Malthus and his (failed) predictions of scarcity due to population growth].
Speaking of Malthus, what I notice is that this small town holiday fair in England Huxley is describing is packed with people of all ages and I wonder what kind of attendance a small town fair like that would have now in 2019 compared to the 1980s or 1960s. [R: Suggestion further research on age demographics, event sizes, small-town populations and school sizes in Canada, England and elsewhere since World War II.]
Chapter 28: The Fair at sunset. Couples are dancing, including Anne and Gombauld. Mr. Wimbush complains to Denis about how unknowable people are in the present and how much tedious effort they are, and how he prefers the past because he can just read about it. He looks forward to a future of being surrounded by perfected machines “secure from any human intrusion.” He believes that reading will become more widespread and the satisfaction found in reading will surpass the exaggerated benefits of human contact and love [R: McLuhan on reading and propaganda].
Chapter 29: Mr. Scogan catches Denis running in grief from the sight of seeing Anne and Gombauld together and, not knowing why he was sad, he assumed it was about the universe being pointless (in his belief system) and how we’re doomed to non-existence, so “there’s no ultimate point.” This seems to have an extra effect on Dennis, who runs up the stairs. He lies in bed for a while and then he climbs to the roof and considers jumping off, but is interrupted by Mary. They share their miseries and comfort each other.
Chapter 30: Denis follows the plan Mary had decided for him and feels happy about sending the telegram to excuse why he should leave early. “One is only happy in action.” But then all of a sudden, Anne shows interest in him. The telegram arrives and he feels trapped between his decision to leave and Anne’s distress at his leaving. He resolves never to be decisive again! He compares the car that takes him to the train as a hearse headed to his funeral. He smiles as he remembers an apt quote. But he just thinks of leaving as death. So it seems that his mind traps him again in the wrong decision instead of just cancelling his obstinate plan with an excuse.
References and Additional Information
To be sorted
Note: unless specified otherwise, web references are cited as accessed on or before July 22, 2019.
*Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
Online version: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1999: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1999/1999-h/1999-h.htm. I am quoting from a Kobo.com e-book edition.
*The following articles are about the novel, published in 1921, and explain the connections between the setting and characters in the novel and real-life individuals in Huxley’s circle.
The article at online-literature.com (submitted by John Rowland) states:
. . . It is the story of a house party at Crome, a parodic version of Garsington Manor, home of Lady Ottoline Morrell, a house where authors such as Huxley and T. S. Eliot used to gather and write. The book contains a brief pre-figuring of Huxley’s later novel, Brave New World. . . .
*Post where I referred to Huxley’s relationship with the Bloomsbury Group, Garsington Manor and Lady Ottoline Morrell: http://canadianliberty.com/commentary-on-brave-new-world-by-aldous-huxley-part-1/.
*Aldous Huxley: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley
*Bloomsbury Group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsbury_Group.
*Lady Ottoline Morrell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Ottoline_Morrell:
Morrell had a long affair with philosopher Bertrand Russell, with whom she exchanged more than 3,500 letters.
*Wikipedia sources on Bertrand Russell include articles from McMaster University:
Russell: The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies: https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal
The Bertrand Russell Archives: https://bracers.mcmaster.ca/ https://www.mcmaster.ca/russdocs/russell.htm
Quotes I copied directly from Bertrand Russell, including the one that predicts two distinct species:
*Her husband Philip Morrell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Morrell
*Garsington Manor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garsington_Manor
*Post where I discuss some comments about Bloomsbury by Marshall McLuhan: http://canadianliberty.com/satanic-war-on-identity-analysis-letters-of-marshall-mcluhan-part-6-4-his-awareness-of-masonic-gnostic-occult-and-secret-society-influence/
*Annie Besant: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Besant
Annie Besant (née Wood; 1 October 1847 – 20 September 1933) was a British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer, orator, and supporter of both Irish and Indian self-rule. . . .
She fought for the causes she thought were right, starting with freedom of thought, women’s rights, secularism, birth control, Fabian socialism and workers’ rights. . . .
How can theosophy be called secularism? This post http://canadianliberty.com/points-brave-new-world-policies-part-9-aldous-huxley-religion-drugs/ has other reference links on Annie Besant, the Fabian Society and Aldous Huxley’s promotion of mystical New Age spirituality.
*Mary Baker Eddy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Baker_Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy (July 16, 1821 – December 3, 1910) was an American writer and religious leader who established the Church of Christ, Scientist, as a Christian denomination and worldwide movement of spiritual healers.
*New Thought: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Thought
The New Thought movement . . . is a movement which developed in the United States in the 19th century, considered by many to have been derived from the unpublished writings of Phineas Quimby. . . . The contemporary New Thought movement is a loosely allied group of religious denominations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualization, and personal power.
*Note re. reading – Marshall McLuhan explained that literacy is good but it makes us susceptible to propaganda: http://canadianliberty.com/marshall-mcluhan-interview-from-1977-surveillance-identity-propaganda/
*World Brain: see http://canadianliberty.com/power-reality-journal-issue-7/#Part11 – starting with “Collective Intelligence” heading concerning the related ideas of H. G. Wells, Teilhard de Chardin, Terence McKenna and Jacques Attali: especially http://canadianliberty.com/power-reality-journal-issue-7/#11-17 and http://canadianliberty.com/power-reality-journal-issue-7/#11-18
*Ottoman Empire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissolution_of_the_Ottoman_Empire:
The dissolution of the Ottoman Empire (1908–1922) began with the Second Constitutional Era with the Young Turk Revolution. . . .
Just before the end of World War I, Sultan Mehmet V died and Mehmed VI became the new Sultan.
The Occupation of Constantinople took place in accordance with the Armistice of Mudros, ending the Ottoman participation in World War I. The occupation had two stages: the initial occupation took place from 13 November 1918 to 16 March 1920; from 16 March 1920 – Treaty of Sèvres. 1918 saw the first time Constantinople had changed hands since the Ottoman Turks conquered the Byzantine capital in 1453. An Allied military administration was set up early in December 1918 . . .
After a period of stalemate in Southern Palestine from April to October 1917, General Edmund Allenby captured Beersheba from the III Corps. . . . During the subsequent operations, about 50 miles (80 km) of formerly Ottoman territory was captured as a result of the EEF victories at the Battle of Mughar Ridge, fought between 10 and 14 November, and the Battle of Jerusalem, fought between 17 November and 30 December. . . . During this time, two unsuccessful attacks were made to capture Amman and to capture Es Salt in March and April 1918, before Allenby’s force resumed the offensive during the manoeuvre warfare of the Battle of Megiddo. The successful infantry battles at Tulkarm and Tabsor created gaps in the Ottoman front line, allowing the pursuing Desert Mounted Corps to encircle the infantry fighting in the Judean Hills and fight the Battle of Nazareth and Battle of Samakh, capturing Afulah, Beisan, Jenin and Tiberias. In the process the EEF destroyed three Ottoman armies during the Battle of Sharon, the Battle of Nablus and the Third Transjordan attack, capturing thousands of prisoners and large quantities of equipment. Damascus and Aleppo were captured during the subsequent pursuit, before the Ottoman Empire agreed to the Armistice of Mudros on 30 October 1918, ending the Sinai and Palestine campaign. The British Mandate of Palestine and the French Mandate for Syria and Lebanon were created to administer the captured territories.
*Critical analysis of the Bible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_criticism
*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Secrets_of_F%C3%A1tima: Article on the Three Secrets of Fátima. Malachi Martin’s involvement in propagating this is mentioned:
. . .In a taped interview, Charles Fiore quoted Malachi Martin as saying the following regarding the text of the Third Secret: “I cooled my heels in the corridor outside the Holy Father’s apartments, while my boss, Cardinal Bea, was inside debating with the Holy Father, and with a group of other bishops and priests, and two young Portuguese seminarians, who translated the letter, a single page, written in Portuguese, for all those in the room.” [Reference 26: ‘Doran, Brian (11 August 2000). “Malachi Martin: God’s Messenger – In the Words of Those Who Knew Him Best”. ISBN 1-885692-08-0. Audio Cassette.’
. . . In a syndicated radio broadcast, Malachi Martin stated that the Third Secret “doesn’t make any sense unless we accept that there will be, or that there is in progress, a wholesale apostasy amongst clerics, and laity in the Catholic Church …” [Reference 35: “Father Malachi Martin on Coast to Coast AM, with interviewer Art Bell. 4 May 1998.”
*Terence McKenna and 2012:
See section on “Novelty theory and Timewave Zero”:
. . . Therefore, according to McKenna’s final interpretation of the data and positioning of the graph, on December 21, 2012 we would have been in the unique position in time where maximum novelty would be experienced . . .
I believe that the reason for this theory was to promote an anticipation of the oligarchy’s end goal of a kind of technological unification of consciousness–which is really an unfortunate danger for us to be facing if that is the intention. It is unfortunate of Wikipedia to dismiss such concepts (like this one and NLP) as pseudoscience instead of describing them as what they really are–as social engineering tools for promoting and testing religious beliefs and acclimatizing us to technological dictatorship. I don’t know if Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point theory had a specific date but it’s a similar concept. See http://canadianliberty.com/power-reality-journal-issue-6/#Part8 which mentions Julian Huxley’s transhumanism also in addition to McKenna’s comments about technology as “cyberspiritual” and emerging naturally. See the earlier note about “World Brain” also regarding Wells, Attali, McKenna. The point is that these theories are just a way of dressing up the oligarchy’s tech dictatorship plans in scientific and spiritual language.
Pied pipers–this is very similar to what Aldous Huxley’s Scogan character describes as the “Men of Faith” in Crome Yellow – see Chapter 26 above. When their doctrines–like that of Terence McKenna (and others) become untenable–after doing their bit–they are replaced with new “men of faith” with new eternal truths for the next phase of the agenda. So, we see those new guys out front and centre now. A social engineering tool or religious doctrine or a new tech product doesn’t need to be “scientifically” valid in every respect–it just needs to plausible enough (with the information about side effects being dutifully suppressed). It is used to serve its purpose and then it is discarded or refined as necessary.
On a related topic, people see television, or the Internet, or a movie, or a book–as just a tool that serves to inform or entertain them–as if it’s just there for their benefit–in the same way they see schools and other institutions. If we actually had our minds active and critically engaged (“deliver us from evil”) all of these media would be subjected to our own intense scrutiny and we would be in a lot less danger. To give a literal exammple, now that medical professionals in Canada provide euthanasia–all of a sudden it’s OK even though it wasn’t OK just a few years ago–strange how that works. Imagine thinking that issue through and working out your own thoughts on that before just accepting the current situation. Is that too much work? I wish more people could persuade themselves that there’s a problem–but they are too busy–their minds are occupied territories.
*First of all, here is a big picture view of the planned 5G cellular implementation–it’s all about censors, surveillance and towers everywhere: http://canadianliberty.com/5g-overview/. Hundreds of thousands of devices and censors per square km potentially. I say NO but nobody is asking me, so I’m going to have to find some people to express that to. Maybe you should think about it yourself and tell someone what you think.
*Yes, I think that is related to Elon Musk and Neuralink:
Neuralink is one of the companies founded by Elon Musk. His plan for the company is to ‘save the human race’. The idea behind saving humanity is to build a hard drive that can be implanted in the brain.
Starting at 3m 54, Elon Musk’s promotional comments for Neuralink are very disturbing actually. “We don’t have much time” is how he sells it, and laughs nervously. He warns about the threat to jobs and the threat from A.I. during the same talk and I think he does that in order to sell Neuralink.
Full discussion in China: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3lUEnMaiAU
Right from the beginning, Elon Musk builds up this fantastical conception of AI as a force that we will have to compete with–and immediately beings to plug Neuralink as the solution for empowering humans, but we should not fall for any of this–not for one “side” or the other. When the media and corporations promote AI–as with Wells or McKenna or anyone else–I believe they have a real concept in mind that is taking shape through computer technology and through the development of cybernetics and systems science [https://newbooksnetwork.com/category/science-technology/systems-and-cybernetics/]. But I do not believe there is any evidence of AI ever being conscious [consider discussion here: https://entitledopinions.stanford.edu/sam-ginn-singularity] or independent. The elites are serious about creating an artificial collective intelligence (as described by these same writers) which merges the minds of human beings–and that is crazy (and it can’t even be sold to people as a good idea without a lot of softening up). But it appears to me that they want it to be used as a scapegoat for their own policies–it appears that they are setting up AI as a construct in our minds so that people will believe that it is an independent and conscious entity that makes its own decisions [example of the kind of this sales technique is the dubious “Sophia”: https://www.businessinsider.com/sophia-robot-citizenship-in-saudi-arabia-the-first-of-its-kind-2017-10]. So, back to Elon Musk, we have him presenting AI as as a malevolent and independent force (riding on the shoulders of science fiction narratives) so that he can promote his invasive product as a necessary way to survive in the face of it–an invasive product that would actually bring us closer to being merged into a collective consciousness. I think we see dialectics being used over and over: apparent opposition to one part of an agenda (AI) brings in the human motivations and energies (motivated by opposition and fear) that are are used to build another component of the agenda (brain interfaces). Right and left politics are used in the same way.
And the oligarchy just need the youngest and most naive of us to put their hearts and strength into these tech projects–and I can detect there is plenty of that kind of partisan energy on YouTube–young believers who are prepared to drain their lives away serving one false “side” or the other. The new acts can be very sophisticated (in some ways–but they figure most people aren’t going to notice the slip-ups) but it is always just an act. Perceived legitimacy comes from someone being put on a stage or in front of a camera or dressed in a suit or being called a billionaire. How much does a “billionaire” celebrity talking about “science” cost anyway? It’s just a job. He plays a role on behalf of a larger group that is getting more blatant with their tall tales and their marketing stories about how wonderful (safe!? and healthy!?) a brain implant is going to be.
*I refer to comments in Between Two Ages by Zbigniew Brzezinski (1970) in which he anticipated growing American prosperity due to military-industrial contracts, big business techniques and frontier industries:
A. First, for comments about Apocalypse Now, The Doors, Admiral Morrison and Huxley, see details in http://canadianliberty.com/power-reality-journal-issue-3/.
B. Drugs is a complex topic and it’s a Brave New World policy intended to alter society: our laws, our behaviour, our attitudes. For drugs and Vietnam, see the references to legal and illegal drugs in this article. To me the big picture is about both categories of drugs and their effects on Americans (soldiers in particular) and Vietnamese society–and on the world public in general beyond the subject of the Vietnam War:
B.1. Wikipedia refers to this article: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/04/the-drugs-that-built-a-super-soldier/477183/
. . . Drug usage increased rapidly among U.S. forces during this period, as 30% of U.S. troops engaged in regular usage of marijuana, while a House subcommittee found 10-15% of U.S. troops in Vietnam regularly used high-grade heroin . . .
. . . Vietnam veterans suffered from PTSD in unprecedented numbers, as many as 15.2% of Vietnam veterans, because the U.S. military had routinely provided heavy psychoactive drugs, including amphetamines, to American servicemen, which left them unable to process adequately their traumas at the time. . ..
B.4. And the general point of demoralization:
As the Vietnam War continued inconclusively and became more unpopular with the American public, morale declined and disciplinary problems grew among American enlisted men and junior, non-career officers. Drug use, racial tensions, and the growing incidence of fragging—attempting to kill unpopular officers and non-commissioned officers with grenades or other weapons—created severe problems for the U.S. military and impacted its capability of undertaking combat operations. By 1971, a U.S. Army colonel writing in the Armed Forces Journal declared: “By every conceivable indicator, our army that now remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse, with individual units avoiding or having refused combat, murdering their officers and non commissioned officers, drug-ridden, and dispirited where not near mutinous….The morale, discipline, and battle-worthiness of the U.S. Armed Forces are, with a few salient exceptions, lower and worse than at any time in this century and possibly in the history of the United States.” [471: Heinl, Jr., Col. Robert D. (1971), “The Collapse of the Armed Forces”, Armed Forces Journal, 7 June 1971]
B.5. And the effect by the war on the Vietnamese:
Gabriel García Márquez, a Nobel Prize winning writer, described South Vietnam as a “False paradise” after the war, when he visited in 1980: “The cost of this delirium was stupefying: 360,000 people mutilated, a million widows, 500,000 prostitutes, 500,000 drug addicts, a million tuberculous and more than a million soldiers of the old regime, impossible to completely rehabilitate into a new society. Ten percent of the population of Ho Chi Minh City was suffering from serious venereal diseases when the war ended, and there were 4 million illiterates throughout the South.”
And then there was genocide under the regime in Cambodia. And Vietnam had to manage conflicts with the Cambodian regime and with China.
So much for wars. Think about the results of particular wars or most wars that are sold to us and think about what the real goals must be. Maybe the goals are closer to the results than you think. Is it just good intentions gone wrong? Judge a tree by its fruits. And obviously both major U.S. political parties were involved in the long Vietnam War, so why get stuck in dead-end partisanship?
C. For alleged CIA involvement in drug smuggling, see:
Relating to Vietnam War era: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_America_(airline)
D. Allegations in general: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_CIA_drug_trafficking
E. Interviews are with John Potash are online about his book and documentary. His website is: Drugs as Weapons Against Us: http://www.johnpotash.com/
*Works referred to:
The Proverbs of Solomon (biblegateway.com)
The Consolations of Philosophy by Boethius: https://www.exclassics.com/consol/consol.pdf and https://www.gutenberg.org/files/14328/14328-h/14328-h.htm
Writings of Epictetus: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=Epictetus
Versions of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=Marcus+Aurelius
*Desiderius Erasmus, The Manual of a Christian Knight  (Enchiridion Militis Christiani)
Other books by Desiderius Erasmus: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/3026
Eros and sexual freedom
*Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World describes a scientific dictatorship that uses “sexual freedom” or promiscuity as a policy: http://canadianliberty.com/commentary-on-brave-new-world-by-aldous-huxley-part-8/ and
*Aldous Huxley explains the policy of sexual freedom in his novel’s scientific dictatorship in Brave New World Revisited: http://canadianliberty.com/commentary-on-aldous-huxleys-brave-new-world-revisited-part-7/
*Also relating to “Eros”: Havelock Ellis info is quoted as accessed August 21, 2019: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havelock_Ellis – further research should include his books.
*Eros: Online copy of The Authoritarian Personality, Studies in Prejudice Series, Volume 1
by T.W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson and R. Nevitt Sanford, Harper & Brothers, Copyright American Jewish Committee, 1950: http://www.ajcarchives.org/main.php?GroupingId=6490.
Go to Chapter 23: http://www.ajcarchives.org/AJC_DATA/Files/AP26.CV01.pdf. The last two lines of the book state the following:
. . . Thus, we need not suppose that appeal to emotion belongs to those who strive in the direction of fascism, while democratic propaganda must limit itself to reason and restraint. If fear and destructiveness are the major emotional sources of fascism, eros belongs mainly to democracy.
The point is to use “eros” (sexual freedom and pornography) to neutralize protective, family-generating behaviors labelled as “authoritarian.”
Another copy of this book by the Frankfurt School’s Theodor Adorno–who, along with his Marxist colleagues, has had a pervasive influence in Western universities: https://archive.org/details/THEAUTHORITARIANPERSONALITY.Adorno.
*Eros: Another Frankfurt School Marxist, Herbert Marcuse, wrote Eros and Civilization in 1955. This is a copy of his 1966 Political Preface: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/marcuse/works/eros-civilisation/preface.htm:
. . . “Polymorphous sexuality” was the term which I used to indicate that the new direction of progress would depend completely on the opportunity to activate repressed or arrested organic, biological needs: to make the human body an instrument of pleasure rather than labor. . . .
The documentary The Net touches on Adorno and his Authoritarian Personality project and how it seems to fit into a bigger agenda. See my summary: http://canadianliberty.com/the-net-the-unabomber-lsd-and-the-internet-control-control-control/. Related info: http://canadianliberty.com/movie-thoughts-on-ghost-in-the-shell/
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/index.htm – this page includes links to more information about Theodor Adorno and his writings along with other members of the Frankfurt School: Max Horkheimer, Leo Lowenthal, Herbert Marcuse, Jürgen Habermas and Georg Lukacs.
*Different “New Age” Magazines
To me, all of these are related philosophically:
Magazine related to Bloomsbury group: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Age. You can see the list of famous contributors included Havelock Ellis, H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and other Fabians. G. K. Chesterton and Ezra Pound also contributed. Apparently Chesterton debated Wells in the magazine.
Huxley’s roman à clef, Crome Yellow depicts the life at a thinly-veiled Garsington, with a caricature of Lady Ottoline Morrell for which she never forgave him. In Confidence a short story by Katherine Mansfield portrays the “wits of Garsington” some four years in advance of Crome Yellow, and wittier than Huxley according to Mansfield’s biographer Antony Alpers. Published in The New Age of 24 May 1917, . . .
- Another magazine is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_Living started in 1974 as The New Age Journal or New Age: The Journal for Holistic Living and it featured key “New Age” authors before they became “widely known”: “Joseph Campbell, Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, Christiane Northrup, Deepak Chopra, and Cheryl Richardson.”
There is also the historical New Age magazine of official Scottish Rite freemasonry. See https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Scottish+Rite+%28Masonic+order%29%22
Nowadays it is called the Scottish Rite Journal and can be found on their website: https://scottishrite.org/media-publications/scottish-rite-journal/the-scottish-rite-journal/journals/
You can also search for copies of the old magazines at ebay.com and biblio.com for example.
Peanuts and Charlie Brown
*Peanuts is a famous comic strip by Charles Schulz> which began in 1950, and it can be found at https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts. Peanuts is kind of a window into the last 70 years of cultural history. For many of us it is like a familiar friend. It contains a lot of constructive messages. A lot more could be said about it and other comic strips as propaganda delivery devices and cultural influencers, but here are a few examples that I think relate to the Denis character and other themes in Crome Yellow:
Media and Mind
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1990/01/14 – Lucy explains demoralizing propaganda as “military strategy” to Linus.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1987/04/12 – Marcie explains “media conditioning” to Peppermint Patty.
http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1972/07/04 – Lisa a “victim of programming” (from her education)
http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1973/03/24 – Snoopy achieves the “alpha” state. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_wave.
Charlie Brown and his shifting confidence level
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1951/12/10 – The original Charlie Brown: “Don’t tread on me”
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1951/12/29 – Charlie Brown and Violet are going to meet! Because of the cold, he builds a fire while he waits for her. This is the original Charlie Brown – very capable and confident.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1952/08/17 – A break in his confidence
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1952/11/10 – Popular with the girls but some lack of confidence shows through for no good reason considering the circumstances.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1980/02/10 – He tries but Valentine rejection
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1985/01/27– Dance class, not so coordinated, but he tries.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1987/01/13 – An example of Charlie Brown getting nowhere with the “little red haired girl” repeatedly year after year – the only struggle is in his own mind, doesn’t usually lift a finger.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1989/10/27 – “I’ll probably never amount to anything . . .”
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1989/11/02 – “I’ve always been sort of a useless person . . . ”
End of the World
Apparently he had turned towards secular humanism in the late 1980s, but it is clear that Charles Schulz had been a Christian and had similar end-time beliefs to what I had when I was in my teens and 20s, and possibly he influenced my thinking with the following strip that I read as a child:
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1973/07/22 – Everyone panics when a TV golf tournament announcer says, “There’s no tomorrow!” They all end up sitting on the dog house looking very worried. Snoopy: “I thought Elijah was to come first.” In my view, anything like this which familiarizes you with the details of an idea conditions you (unintentionally or not) to accept the idea when you hear it again in another context. So later, in the 1980s, I heard this idea repeated on television in the context of a preacher (Herbert W. Armstrong) preaching about the end times and the Second Coming of Christ and comparing his ministry to that of Elijah.
These strips are skeptical towards the end-times idea. In other cultural projects–such as recent “zombie apocalypse” series, the “2012” movie and the 1970s Omen films, there is no restraint at all:
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1990/06/10 – The “world came to an end” theme with Marcie and Peppermint Patty, but Marcie is just making fun.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1980/06/12 – Peppermint Patty alarmed about a speaker claiming that it was the “last days.” Marcie tells her that we can’t believe everything we hear, which is constructive. However, note that if people associate real-life agendas for control with interpretations of biblical prophecies–or mysticism in general–either as believers or disbelievers, then they are likely to get diverted by those lines of thought away from the reality of an objectionable dystopian or totalitarian situation staring right at them and from the question of what they should be doing about it. Instead the wheels in their head are spinning around about invisible and unknowable things.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1980/06/21 – Peppermint Patty skeptical when fund-raising comes into the picture
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1989/10/22 – I think Linus is often portrayed in the earlier strips as being a very intelligent person of faith. However, with the “Great Pumpkin” theme, once a year, Linus becomes a figure of ridicule who pushes his own cult. I think Schulz was expressing his skeptical turn against religion. I think skepticism is a reasonable approach to religious questions–but also to secular and so-called scientific messages–especially whenever someone makes a claim about their special legitimacy and authority. However, there are also positive aspects to religion that can’t just be thrown away. Dismissing theological and philosophical questions that have been worked on for thousands of years and which set the foundations of our society (including our basic laws) – pros and cons – can’t be dismissed without serious consequences for everyone – and this is what has been happening as the Brave New World regime has been built.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1983/11/29 – “FlashBeagle”
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1978/10/18 – Snoopy and disco. It’s one thing for a real dog to love people, but Snoopy comes across as an adult, male, human-like character, so I think his attempts at flirting with girls are questionable.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1974/06/12 – “PlayBeagle”: I think that references to published articles in Play Boy was an effort to make pornography more acceptable to the public. Children everywhere were being exposed to pornography back in the 70s and ever since. In itself this could be argued as violating the Canadian Criminal Code. However, Judith Reisman has pointed out that pornography was associated early on with worse images that go beyond naked images. I would point out that the public does not select and produce the content. It is not consumer-driven or market-driven at all. The idea of “free market” (which has a lot going for it as a concept within limits) is a cover ideology to explain objectionable phenomena without getting into the nuts and bolts of the actual production (subsidies?) and motives–Internet distributing “free” pornography. Nothing being done about illegal pornography also shows that we are not living in a real democracy where regular people determine policies.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1976/12/02 – Dissing the elderly, shocking, not funny.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1989/01/26 – Olaf wants to hurt himself.
https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1985/08/21 – He is reading that “overpopulation is a problem.” This phrase contains two assertions. The first is contained in the word “overpopulation” and the second is “. . . is a problem.” This is a common theme found in pop culture–decades of it–whether it’s intentionally inserted or not. People believe slogans that are repeated over and over.
I believe some ideas are intentionally inserted in comic strips as with marketing in the same way that I remember my schools promoting yo-yos or particular book clubs, movies or radio stations. Things seem to work this way–and there is always a question about funding. Governments fund the arts. Corporate foundations fund social engineering and academic research. Brave New World predicts a world in which people spend money and time on entertainment and expensive sports. Innocent or otherwise, lifestyle habits relating to food and hobbies–cold cereal and jogging for example–and attitudes towards certain professions such as medicine–are a constant theme in Peanuts and in various TV series and movies. If people remember watching the old CHiPs series, they were playing a new sport every week. This is the process of culture creation in a mass society system founded partly by Edward Bernays in the 1920s and described in his book Propaganda.
*Quote from Club of Rome on “global warming” idea: http://canadianliberty.com/climate-change-scam-under-siege/
*Quotes by Huxley on de Sade: http://canadianliberty.com/vaccines-1-3-context-aldous-huxley-and-getting-under-the-skin/
*Charles Galton Darwin on religious creeds: http://canadianliberty.com/the-next-million-years-by-charles-galton-darwin-3-creeds/
*George Bernard Shaw on culling people: http://canadianliberty.com/?p=696.