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Wed Jun 29, 2022, 07:51 AM

13. No, Huxley's discussion of hypnosis and mind control is not like Trump and his followers

"Narco-hypnosis" - trying to insert ideas, facts or feelings while the subject is asleep - is not used at all. It isn't even part of brainwashing during torture. "Infant conditioning" in Brave New World is associating good or bad feelings (using things that give pleasure, or things that cause pain or nausea) with whatever you want to them to like or dislike.

Trump and his base are far closer to Orwell's vision. Trump is in no way a "hypnotic" speaker - he rambles. But what he does do is stir up hatred of targets, like 1984's Three Minute Hate. He cooperates with media to lie about what has happened. And he encourages the use of clubs and prisons.

Trump is explained by his fairly old-fashioned appeal to bigotry and scapegoating.

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