Brave New World Order

We also predestine and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings...as future sewage workers or future... He was going on to say "future World controllers," but correcting himself, said "future Directors of Hatcheries." --A worker in Brave New World's Social Predestination Room

But someone is always going to have to lead the civilized world. --Michael Kramer, "Read My Ships," Time, August 20, 1990


The brave new world order being fashioned by the United States is based on clearly defined roles. U.S. leaders are "predestined" to be world controllers. Poor people in and outside of the United States are being "conditioned" to accept their place as the equivalent of "future sewage workers" in Aldous Huxley's novel. President Bush has suggested that in the new world order the weak must learn to trust the mercy of the strong. Unfortunately, as we will see, the weak can expect neither mercy nor justice in the new order.

The new world order is not fixed in time. It is an ongoing process of realignment among the powerful with profound implications for rich and poor both within the United States and the so-called Third World. The phrase itself, new world order, is misleading.

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Sojourners Magazine January 1992
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