Mike Wallace interviews English writer Aldous Huxley in 1958. In the interview, Huxley’s best-selling novel Brave New World is discussed.
The dystopian novel was written in 1931 and published in 1932. Brave New World ranks high in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels. Topics examined are overpopulation, freedom, social control, central government, social unrest, death control, over-organization, propaganda, television, technology, drugs, bureaucracy, and futurology. Huxley refers to American political campaigns: “All that is needed is money and a candidate who can be coached to look sincere. Political principles and plans for specific action have come to lose most of their importance. The personality of the candidate, the way he is projected by the advertising experts are the things that really matter.” His visions are probably more relevant as ever.