Spectres of Orwell, or, The Impossible Demand of the Subject
journal contributionposted on 22.05.2017 by David Jack
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In Brave New World Revisited, published in 1958, Aldous Huxley claimed that the odds were more in favour of the future resembling the brave new world than Orwells Oceania. History, it seems, is more than ever ratifying his claim (anti-depressants, euthanasia, the cult of youth and the body beautiful, genetic engineering, the culture industry, the hegemony of sex and pleasure, and so forth). In many areas, Orwell has proven somewhat of a false prophet, the most obvious exception perhaps being that of continuous warfare, legitimated in his novel, in much the same way as it is in the current War on Terror, by the slogan War is Peace. It still remains, however, that Orwells vision, and not Huxleys has found a lasting place in ordinary conversation. An analogous situation would perhaps be the difference between Freud and Jung: the new age movement, nature-myths, neo-paganism and deep ecology are surely closer to Jungs writ-ings, and yet not a single of Jungs terms has entered ordinary conversa-tion the way Freuds have