The Book Club: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley with Sen. Ted Cruz

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Sen. Ted Cruz joins Michael Knowles this month for a very special episode of The Book Club! They discuss Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World and why it is an indictment of tyranny and totalitarianism. Don’t miss it.
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Some Guy
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Get Ross Douthat to discuss Robert Nisbet’s _The Quest for Community_.
Nicholas Supino
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@Ryo . Me
Ryo 2 сарын өмнө
I wonder if these books such as 1984, Brave New World & Animal Farm etc inspired the movie Equilibrium?
Alex Adkins
Alex Adkins 4 өдрийн өмнө
Great to see PragerU engaging with some classic critiques of consumer capitalism! Keep that marketplace of ideas flowing!
Dana Goodman
Dana Goodman 10 өдрийн өмнө
I have become a huge fan of Senator Ted Cruz over the last few weeks. Thank you, sir, for all you are doing for freedom and our country.
Daniel Kientzle
Daniel Kientzle 10 өдрийн өмнө
Where TF did ted get that suit and why he so hot??
Uncle jRok
Uncle jRok 11 өдрийн өмнө
I would like to get your thoughts on The Wave, a 2008 German movie. If you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend it. It goes along with the theme of your book club content.
The GOAT 13 өдрийн өмнө
Every time i see Ted Cruz all i can think of is green eggs and ham..
Max Headrom
Max Headrom 17 өдрийн өмнө short version for the complete works of Shakespeare: Shakespeare wrote a lot in a language that seems to be English but isn't.
Max Headrom
Max Headrom 17 өдрийн өмнө
This will be interesting! How people who think they're Alphas will talk about the book. Oh ... Ted Cruz ... i'll try ...
Michael McGee
Michael McGee 21 өдрийн өмнө
As a conservative, it’s hard to watch prager shows b/c it almost feels like where throwing cabbage at the person getting marched to the gallows lol. There’s a lot of real things to be addressed in the book that relates to real life that is applied to just politics not any side, but just demonizing the left makes me want to re center.
Denise Gray
Denise Gray 22 өдрийн өмнө
Now why would I want to go out and buy that book of Lies when I can just turn on the TV and listen to him and Donald Trump and let not forget Moscow Mitch
T. Curran
T. Curran 22 өдрийн өмнө
If you do not wear your mask and the planed mic you are against society.
T. Curran
T. Curran 22 өдрийн өмнө
How can the Left not realize that 1984 and BNW is their society.
Nicholas Trueblood
Nicholas Trueblood 24 өдрийн өмнө
explains the covid maskers who believe every lie Fouchi tells them. Read Fahrenheit 451 as well
george cobaleanu
george cobaleanu 28 өдрийн өмнө
A similar fiction book that is not really fiction, about where the world is headed, is "The Devil Is Politicly Correct" By Savatie Bastovoi , and is really good. It begins with a guy who wakes up too late to catch the sunrise which he loves, and feels bad about it, then he brews coffee and continues a philosophical argument on a forum with a Obama 2000 something, and he gets a very formal memo, that his mother was just euthanized in the nursing home, and he just realizes that he forgot it was that day.
Merve Mallı
Merve Mallı Сарын өмнө
:'((( communism so bad I am so thankful Im living in a society which rich people dont opress the people, at least they are not politicians!!! also Ted, are you lying for a hope to feel interesting while saying you didnt catch the name references or just illiterate?
Bridget Bogan
Bridget Bogan Сарын өмнө
You guys really need to do Scorpion King!
Shivas Irons
Shivas Irons Сарын өмнө
6:00. And be happy doing it.
Shivas Irons
Shivas Irons Сарын өмнө
I felt so bad for " the savage". I read it so long ago i cant remember what he kept repeating but i remember it broke my heart.
MagicReason Сарын өмнө
25:00 stand back, Ted's jerkin' it for Jesus.
MagicReason Сарын өмнө
Free love = slavery? Dude, go back to the 1950's by yourself. We're not going back. What a dork.
MagicReason Сарын өмнө
Oh god, whining about free speech. We're tired of giving valuable airtime to your outright lies. One of you, your leader, lies all the goddamn time. You don't think people get tired of that?
MagicReason Сарын өмнө
Cruz thinks free speech means we have to listen to some moron drone on and on about revolting, disgusting stuff. No. Not at all. People who are patently crazy should be dismissed immediately. We don't need to honor the time of an idiot who wants to tell us about the wonders and joys of rape.
MagicReason Сарын өмнө
Nobody wants your opinion on Lebron James.
audiorage82407 Сарын өмнө
What bewilders me is that people connect soma with antidepressants when it’s better connected with THC
MagicReason Сарын өмнө
"Twitter enforcers" LOL
MagicReason Сарын өмнө
Cruz "Faith in god is a fundamental threat to totalitarianism." Nah.
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Emme Sainte Anne
Emme Sainte Anne Сарын өмнө
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut is so good!! It is a short story but it is very similar to this book.
Peter Naughton
Peter Naughton Сарын өмнө
It’s very interesting that they don’t mention how the savage reservation is broken although the have all the “freedoms” of family, Christianity, and conservative ideals... Huxley purposely includes this to show that both spectrums lead to different types of pain.
seth bachman
seth bachman Сарын өмнө
I started reading the book a little before you guys posted this and waited to finish the book to watch this. Great video
Matthew Bockholt
Matthew Bockholt Сарын өмнө
Once upon a time, people argued whether 1984 or Brave New World would be the one to actually happen. No one expected it to be both...
John Duston
John Duston Сарын өмнө
Soma= weed or opiods
Bridget Dean
Bridget Dean Сарын өмнө
So Brave New World can be read as a sort of "Distant Sequel" to Fahrenheit 451...
Vicky Shaw
Vicky Shaw Сарын өмнө
Shoot I did the same thing when reading the book. Total mispronounced it.
awsumguy7680 Сарын өмнө
human: *exists* other humans: O U R S
Katherine Draughn
Katherine Draughn Сарын өмнө
Is there a way to find out what the book will be before the discussion is released? I’d like to read the book beforehand. Although I guess I could just wait to watch the video.
C D Delbert
C D Delbert Сарын өмнө
Why can't entertainment be introduced to humans without someone wanting to make It reality
milcoll73 Сарын өмнө
i find it endlessly disturbing that people, educated intelligent people, would ever in any way find this world desirable.
Zoot McToot
Zoot McToot Сарын өмнө
Hi Ted, big fan with one question. WTF was that thing on your lip that you licked back into your mouth during the 2016 Nazi party debates?
Jake Epler
Jake Epler Сарын өмнө
As an English teacher, I’m really impressed with Senator Cruz here. The level of nuance and attention to detail in his analysis of the book is stunning. He could honestly be a great English teacher. Bravo.
Epistemic Mind
Epistemic Mind Сарын өмнө
In 16:36, Michael didn't read the entirety of the quote, he forgot the part where it says "I want sin". But of course, he can't say that on a religious propaganda platform.
Joe Scott
Joe Scott Сарын өмнө
Sorry Ted, but Brave New World reflects an ultra-capitalist dystopia far more accurately than a Communist one.
Matthew Walton
Matthew Walton Сарын өмнө
Brave New World to me is not nearly as terrifying as 1984. In the latter, everyone is beaten into submission, there is NO privacy and you spend your entire life in misery with no hope of escape. At least in Brave New World you have a chance to be HAPPY, even though you aren't necessarily _free._ Both books are examples of how liberty may be stripped away from us, but one is executed by means of the stick and the other a carrot (punishment vs. reward). However, I truly feel that if we want to make _everyone_ happy, we allow for as much liberty as possible. They touched briefly on the thought of _true_ happiness, which can only be attained through tribulation and pursuit such as love and marriage. The happiness of the people in BNW is superficial, it doesn't reach the depth that humans are capable of experiencing. I'm not convinced that the conservative values are necessarily right either, as once again you are restraining people not for good reason, but because some "higher power" exists and says it's right. I think the key to creating a utopia would be allow people to choose _for themselves_ what lifestyle they want to live, as each individual is unique. Just because gay marriage is legal or premarital sex is not a crime does not mean YOU have to live your life that way. You can choose to live however you want. It's when we _force_ people to adopt a certain lifestyle that we run into persistent suffering and agitation.
Anne Walter
Anne Walter Сарын өмнө
Was assigned this book to read in grade school and in high school. Because it was so disturbing, I tend recall quite a bit.
Mez in Wonderland
Mez in Wonderland Сарын өмнө
(Copied from someone else). I never cared: -I never cared if you were “gay“ until you started shoving it in my face, and the faces of our children. -I never cared what color you were, until you started blaming my race for your problems. -I never cared about your political affiliation until you started to condemn me for mine. -I never cared where you were born until you wanted to erase my history and blame my ancestors for your current problems. -I never cared if you were well-off or poor, until you said you were discriminated against, when I was promoted because I worked harder. -I never cared if your beliefs were different from mine, until you said my beliefs were wrong. Now I care! My patience and tolerance are gone. I’m not alone in feeling this way there are millions of us who do...... and we have had enough! FYI: Please copy and paste for all to KNOW thanks
c s
c s Сарын өмнө
I ordered a new copy of Brave New World the day the pandemic lockdown was announced. It’s as relevant and terrifying today as when it was written.
The book was supposed to be a warning, not a users manual.
The book was supposed to be a warning, not a users manual.
Eki Patiroi
Eki Patiroi Сарын өмнө
I have thesis about this novel that i gave it title “SOCIAL DEVIATION IN HUXLEY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD”
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Ted please lose a few pounds man
Brobi wan Kenobi
Brobi wan Kenobi Сарын өмнө
This is not the comment you're looking for. *shway* We are all fine and have never been better xD
What's Up
What's Up Сарын өмнө
Wow I didn't like Ted Cruz but didn't really know him just by politics. He sees the truth through all the lies... I like him now that I know he is original and a truth seeker.
Gordon Terry
Gordon Terry Сарын өмнө
Sounds a lot like animal farm
Mateo Сарын өмнө
Ted is strangely sexy. When did that happen?
Judson Van Meter
Judson Van Meter Сарын өмнө
Please continue this show!
libra lady
libra lady Сарын өмнө
Never heard of the book. But I’m intrigued but also fearful how many similarities are going on right now
Isaac Rodriguez
Isaac Rodriguez Сарын өмнө
Also, this book is blacklisted.
03DM M240
03DM M240 Сарын өмнө
You should do Ayn Rand’s book Anthem
Kevin Mager
Kevin Mager Сарын өмнө
Uuuuh, Huxley and Orwell were socialists. Orwell even fought for anarcho-socialist syndicate in Spain. Huxley thought that capitalism was just as terrifying as totalitarianism because of its use of advertisements as propaganda and the need for even more propaganda to sedate the working class into not asking questions. Huxley wrote, "Certain educators, for exam­ple, disapproved of the teaching of propaganda anal­ysis on the grounds that it would make adolescents unduly cynical. Nor was it welcomed by the military authorities, who were afraid that recruits might start to analyze the utterances of drill sergeants. And then there were the clergymen and the advertisers. The clergymen were against propaganda analysis as tend­ing to undermine belief and diminish churchgoing; the advertisers objected on the grounds that it might undermine brand loyalty and reduce sales." But Capitalist propaganda is just as controlling as a totalitarian state: "In a capitalist democracy, such as the United States, it is controlled by what Professor C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite. This Power Elite directly employs several millions of the country's working force in its factories, offices and stores, controls many millions more by lending them the money to buy its products, and, through its ownership of the media of mass communication, influences the thoughts, the feel­ings and the actions of virtually everybody. To parody the words of Winston Churchill, never have so many been manipulated so much by so few. We are far in­deed from Jefferson's ideal of a genuinely free society composed of a hierarchy of self-governing units -- "the elementary republics of the wards, the county repub­lics, the State republics and the Republic of the Union, forming a gradation of authorities." While he did despise the the totalitarian government of the USSR, remember that Karl Marx believed the goal of communism was to dissolve the state, not give it total power. Lenin, for complicated reasons, decided authoritarian control was necessary for a time. Obviously, Lenin was mistaken. Nonetheless, Huxley even names his character in this book "Marx" after Karl Marx (who he was a fan of). The biggest irony is that PragerU is the kind of pseudo-intellectualism that is essentially the kind of propaganda Huxley was warning us about. They just did an analysis of a book without any understanding of its deeper meaning or the intellectual history that grounds the works meaning. PragerU pretends to offer analyses of literature, philosophy, economics, etc, but none of the contributors have the sufficient level of expertise to formulate accurate analyses. For example, Ben Shapiro's analysis of John Locke gets some openings arguments right, but utterly fails to draw the correct conclusions. He ignores the vast majority of Locke's philosophy and cherry picks small parts he can use to manipulate you all into agreeing with his ideology. In sum: unsubscribe from PragerU and Ben Shapiro is a sophist.
Andy Workman
Andy Workman Сарын өмнө
I think you should add The Endurance by Caroline Alexander to your lineup. It's not a philosophical work, just a really well written history about how amazing people are and what true leadership is about.
Jade Runner
Jade Runner Сарын өмнө
Fun fact: Aldous Huxley was close friends with Winona Ryder's family when she was a child. It's interesting that she became part of that celebrity world that ended up being the vanguard of the degenerate society Huxley prophesied.
Kevin Mager
Kevin Mager Сарын өмнө
Huxley was a socialist until his death. He thought capitalist propaganda was just as dangerous as the authoritarian USSR. He adored Karl Marx, and you have no idea what you are talking about because you have fallen for the capitalist propaganda Huxley was warning us about.
Jade Runner
Jade Runner Сарын өмнө
But if Lenina and Bernard Marx are protagonists in the book wouldn't that make the book an endorsement of Marxist Communism?
Johannes Jamgotchian
Johannes Jamgotchian Сарын өмнө
100% depressive specialment today , lets stop this nightmare and recover our freedom. Regards from Belgrade, Serbia
Jade Runner
Jade Runner Сарын өмнө
Huxley was writing about eugenics and genetic engineering before anyone knew what DNA was.
Antonio Сарын өмнө
Like Orwell, Huxley was a socialist
Joshua Major
Joshua Major Сарын өмнө
Aldous Huxley is rolling over in his grave at the moment, and it's not because of all the LSD.
Orcrist Сарын өмнө
I want to see Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Nikki Haley in the Republican primary for 2024. Talk about a no-lose scenario.
patricia o'neil
patricia o'neil Сарын өмнө
Orcrist Haley is a NO!! She is a female Romney, her stances change with the wind. Ted 2024, 100%
Ryan Costa
Ryan Costa Сарын өмнө
it might be an indictment of post-industrial consumerism.
You can afford to have real plants in there. For your sakes, please.
Michael Sieger
Michael Sieger Сарын өмнө
Review some actual literature next time. Like the Aeneid The Odyssey or Metamorphoses
FAHAD Сарын өмнө
José Сарын өмнө
Nice!! Also would like to hear both of your opinions on this quote in the book since it is powerfully relevant today “It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with "I," "me," "mine," that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else's.” Thanks again !!
Alexander Kvitrovn
Alexander Kvitrovn Сарын өмнө
If Kevin Malone and Michael Scott had a kid it would look like ted cruz
FifthConcerto Сарын өмнө
Even atheists, those who are more or less of good mental health, have a desire to be immortal. It doesn't have to do with a spiritual afterlife, but rather a legacy, which is arguably just as powerful as the desire to be with God. But it is true that one only seeks such a goal if one is able to come to terms with mortality; at least, as far as we know since there haven't been any immortals.
Paul Andarzgar
Paul Andarzgar Сарын өмнө
The vaccines are coming people.
Gabe & Mund
Gabe & Mund Сарын өмнө
Just read animal farm and brave new world, and i'm 37 lol
Marcelo Mosmann
Marcelo Mosmann Сарын өмнө
"If you want to sound smart at cocktail parties (most important of all)" Really???
She’s Stichin’
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Brett Sjoholm
Brett Sjoholm Сарын өмнө
Get to work Ted Cruz. Stop doing all these podcasts. You're not a celebrity, you're a senator.
patricia o'neil
patricia o'neil Сарын өмнө
Brett Sjoholm Ted and Michael are using their voices to educate and their podcasts are reaching 14M and counting.
yoooyoyooo Сарын өмнө
I could use that book and tell a story about capitalism all the same. How come we are on verge of making children in a bottle? It's surely because of capitalism and this insatiable need to make better things and better our selfs.
Leo Casamento
Leo Casamento Сарын өмнө
Wtf is the senator smoozing with this clown for. He should be in D.C. helping the American people. SMH.
Roger Scarlett
Roger Scarlett Сарын өмнө
Hearing the storyline reminded me of one of my favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone. If you haven’t seen it, go find it on Netflix, Hulu, or CBS All Access.
David Lanigan
David Lanigan Сарын өмнө
This guy is such a tool I can't listen to him
Stephen Garrett
Stephen Garrett Сарын өмнө
This is the best one of these so far.
cruhg Сарын өмнө
cruz seems like the kinda fella that likes the smell of his own farts
LAyth Сарын өмнө
Please have John Doyle on to discuss the next book, because I guarantee you he has read it
Kevin FitzMaurice
Kevin FitzMaurice Сарын өмнө
Don’t forget this story. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1961. It is about forced equality. Thanks.
Ricky Shiffer
Ricky Shiffer Сарын өмнө
It would be a vacation for a book club, since it's a short story. To make it real world accurate, you just have to put the word "privilege" in it, "strong privilege", "smart privilege","pretty privilege", "balance peivilege."
Patsy Lutz
Patsy Lutz Сарын өмнө
I read that book years ago. And I love Jordon Peterson
scp240 Сарын өмнө
Ted Cruz just got my vote in 2024.
Imperial Officer
Imperial Officer Сарын өмнө
Anyone here heard of "We" by Zamyatin tho
Always Nate Dawg
Always Nate Dawg Сарын өмнө
Good stuff
Karlie McKinnon
Karlie McKinnon Сарын өмнө
I’ve read 1984 and Brave New World these past few months along with other dystopias (currently reading Animal Farm) and I found these things to be common in all of them 1- family is distorted/destroyed 2- speech is controlled
Karlie McKinnon
Karlie McKinnon Сарын өмнө
Lorraine Swartzentruber exactly. Scary stuff
Lorraine Swartzentruber
Lorraine Swartzentruber Сарын өмнө
Karlie McKinnon hmmm and BLM say they are against the nuclear family....🤔
Pink & Fabulous
Pink & Fabulous Сарын өмнө
Just finished the book. Not in bite size 😂😂😂 I think Huxley would have laughed at that too. Just saying.
Skidroski 2 сарын өмнө
Incredible. I just came across this, although I've watched PragerU videos for a while. When I was a "hippy" back in high school, I actually read this book on my own time. 3 times. I told all my friends about it. I kept talking about it--I would say "guys this is it. This is what will happen. Read this." And, some of my friends did--but most didn't. Ironic that it was when I used to smoke a lot of weed and considered myself incredibly liberal, and other things when I contemplated this literature. Nobody MADE me read this novel. I did it because I could see it happening already in little things. I remember marveling and laughing about the stark similarities between certain things in BNW and current society at the time (2011, I'm 27 btw). So...yeah. Read this book guys. There are ideas conveyed that are yet to happen, but you'll have fun watching the things that this book already accurately predicted.
DoyouwantAnts? 2 сарын өмнө
4:40 it's funny that Ted Cruz recommends three books, two of which were written by a staunch democratic socialist (Orwell), and the other was written by Huxley, who became a counter culture figure who advocated for psychedelic drug use, pacifism, and supported decentralized communal living, more similar to anarchism rather than conservatism and definitely not capitalism.
Lorraine Swartzentruber
Lorraine Swartzentruber Сарын өмнө
DoyouwantAnts? I don’t think he agrees with them as people. I think he sees how the world of these books is possible if we aren’t vigilant.
Andrew Craft
Andrew Craft 2 сарын өмнө
Ted Cruz is apart of the Brave New World... PragerU has become a joke.
Darktrooper98 1
Darktrooper98 1 2 сарын өмнө
Oh hey we read this book in school. Interesting novel, eerily reflective of society.
Daniel Mahoney
Daniel Mahoney 2 сарын өмнө
Spoiler alert indeed. Why even mention that?
WFPB_4_LIFE 2 сарын өмнө
It should be revised and retitled... "Brave New World Order".
Michelle Corbesier
Michelle Corbesier Сарын өмнө
Or just 'New World Order' because there's nothing brave about having to control the entire population so strictly out of fear of anyone standing up to you.
Pierro Losapio
Pierro Losapio 2 сарын өмнө
Ironically, Aldous warned us exaclty about people like Ted Cruz and Trump who are not any better than Hillary but people love their Snakesoil, I guess.
vashts1985 2 сарын өмнө
If you thought leni e na instead of Lenin a, it's because you chose the wrong audiobook.😉
Geovanny Ayala
Geovanny Ayala 2 сарын өмнө
These two are becoming an iconic duo. Senator Ted Cruz is an incredible speaker. He says so much and raises everyone’s IQs. Great man.
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