Aldous Huxley’s pre­dic­tions have come true

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Aldous Huxley’s predictions have come true

“The world must be made safe for democ­ra­cy,” Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son declared in his 1917 war mes­sage to Con­gress.
To engi­neer sup­port for the cause, he pro­ceed­ed to shut down civ­il lib­er­ties, cre­ate a nation­al pro­pa­gan­da machine, and set the mod­ern admin­is­tra­tive state in motion. In the name of democ­ra­cy, he insti­tut­ed com­pul­so­ry con­scrip­tion and jailed “dis­loy­al” adver­saries.
A gen­er­a­tion lat­er, Brave New World author Aldous Hux­ley scorn­ful­ly observed that a holy impulse had turned democ­ra­cy into a “uni­ver­sal­ly and absolute­ly true the­ol­o­gy, which it is all humanity’s high­est duty to put into prac­tice.”
Huxley’s the­o­log­i­cal imper­a­tive is now in its ter­mi­nal, flam­boy­ant state. It comes to life, Elmer Gantry-style, on MSNBC, where all things Trump-relat­ed and Repub …