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not only satirizing utopias, but communism/marxism

Posted by: David ( USA ) on February 24, 19100 at 11:45:49:

Alright, in my British Literature class I am currently reading/analyzing "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. I have to write a ten page paper essentially analyzing some part of the book. I was thinking of a thesis today and I recalled Barry mentioning something about a tactic that Chomsky used to "poison the well" as it were. In this case it was saying something like "Rand wasn't a neo-fascist." or, I believe in his case it was something like " is not a neo-liberal earth lover who would leave the poor without gas to heat their homes."
What I want to do is prove that by using names of communist figures (i.e. Bernard Marx, Lenina, Paula Trotsky, etc...) he was not only satirizing utopias, but communism/marxism (yeah, I know there is a difference between leninism and stalinism and maoism and marxism ad infinitum) in particular.
So, basically what I am asking is if any of you know of any resources that discuss that particular tactic. Otherwise I will just play devils advocate in the class and write a paper on how Brave New World was a perfect Utopia because everyone was happy and that is the only goal in life (ala hedonism).

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