Freedom Derailed

Around the Fourth of July we focus on freedom. Either we reflect on how the United States gained independence, or we lament the fact that the vast majority never gives it a second thought amidst the fireworks, parades and hot dog eating contests.

As preppers, we need to practice a broad view of situational awareness and be mindful of the world we live in. Anyone paying attention must surely know our freedom has been derailed. For perspective, we need to look backward now and then so we know best how to look ahead.

With that in mind, I invite you to devote a mere half hour to view the video below. It’s an interview Mike Wallace did back in 1958 with Aldous Huxley, who is perhaps best known as the author of Brave New World.

Huxley has been described as a prophetic genius. But any good writer of science fiction or dystopia sees elements of society as it is at present and builds the story predictively. In a manner of speaking, what if we take this or that idea to the wall?

As you listen to Huxley’s answers to Wallace’s questions, ponder what you hear, and see if he hasn’t predicted the path we’ve been following.

For example, consider…

  • Have we been hopelessly conditioned by news media propaganda and advertising to live by our gut feelings, rather than reason?
  • Have we welcomed slavery and are happy to have done so?
  • Does our technology necessitate a certain kind of heirarchy?
  • Have we yielded to a different kind of dictatorship than the one we expected?

If the answer to any or all of those questions is “Yes,” how should you and I respond? How will it affect your prepping? Or should it?



Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.