Love and Friendship in Utopia: Brave New World and 1984

Contrary to many "political" interpretations, of "Brave New World" and "1984" this paper stresses that the evil of totalitarian government is not simply in the presence of great and arbitrary power, but in the particular ways that such power erodes love and friendship, the bases of social life. The crisis represented by the destruction of all possibility of love and friendship is placed in the context of Dostoevsky's meditations on "The Grand Inquisitor," and reflections by noted political theorists on the character of modern politics.
Keywords Brave New World, Huxley  1984, Orwell  sociality  love  friendship  utopia  dystopia  modernity  Dostoevsky
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