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Since] ‘any given population is a vast roulette table’” (Murray, 270). He was dismayed that military 45 Aldous Huxley: Brave New World force was imminent. Wanting to secure international peace, in 1933, he proposed that an official World Psychological Conference be held to find ways to keep people “contented and in health” so they wouldn’t find war justifiable (Bedford, 301). When the conference did not occur, Huxley became increasingly disturbed. He felt that “society wasn’t progressing” but was instead “degenerating into a series of mob mentalities (fascism in Italy and Germany, and communism in the Soviet Union) that offered the individual a kind of solace but at too great a price.
Therefore, in 1938, after Hitler seized Austria, neither Chamberlain nor the French premier did anything. When Hitler demanded part of Czechoslovakia, they agreed to let him have it, believing that Hitler would not claim any more land. Chamberlain naïvely told the British there would be “peace in our time” (Day, 266). In this decade of failing economies and rising dictatorial leaders, Huxley, whose Brave New World was the most popular novel in England of the 1930s, and many other writers expressed their concerns with contemporary political and social issues.
In Island, Huxley described Utopia as a place where people do not want to have armies or produce armaments. Because of world tensions, many people became rebellious and idealistic, believing they could change the world. The 1960s were progressive times, the “heyday of ideas and idealism” (Fraser, 744). The hippies, youth protesters 56 Huxley’s Times who objected to the customs and traditions of society, were leaders in this progressive movement. Although Huxley, now in his late sixties, was not a hippie, he shared many of their ideas.