An interesting bit of trivia:
While at Eton, Eric Blair (future pen name, George Orwell) “was briefly taught French by Aldous Huxley.”
England’s a small place, isn’t it?
That wasn’t Orwell and Huxley’s only exchange. Huxley wrote to Orwell on the occasion of the publication of his masterwork 1984:
…congratulating him on “how fine and how profoundly important the book is”. In his letter to Orwell, he predicted:
Within the next generation I believe that the world’s leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience.
It might not be “infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis” that are the main tools, but I think Huxley had the basic principle down pretty well. There’s room for more than one kind of tyranny in the world.