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Sexual fantasy and dystopia, and their relationship to totalitarianism

Attorney and author Nicholas Zinos has a fascinating reflection on dystopian literature, and how it recognizes the impact of a totalitarian state on human sexuality and procreation. (See "Erotic Love and the Totalitarian State".) To summarize, "Nineteen Eighty-Four" describes a society that forbids romantic sexual union (and, especially, forbids testing its testing during a period of discernment, known as courtship), since that union otherwise achieves its natural purpose, a love that, in its natural state can be sustained in the challenges of marital life. In "Brave New World", by contrast, what is forbidden is natural gestation and childbirth, while sexual union is cheapened by the removal of all normal consequences (sound familiar?) and cheapened by a culture that fosters promiscuity (sound familiar?).

In "Nineteen Eighty-Four", the state must remove the children from parental control when they have reached the age where they are capable of learning to read and to reason. At this point the state takes over and fills their minds with the politically correct poison that turns the children into spies in the home on behalf of the state. Does this sound familiar? In a totalitarian society, home schooling would be forbidden.

In cultures organized according to dynastic rule, all regal marriages must be arranged, so that alliances of nations or other factions can be cemented. Here, too, romantic love, in its best sense is forbidden. The natural result is the growth of class distinctions with the rigidity of a caste system. The abuse of power is common. Even the lust for power becomes sexual in nature. This is what makes "Cinderella" such a beautiful, romantic story, and the life of King Henry VIII and his subjects such a nightmare. It also helps to explain why the occasional ruling Queen or Tsarina helps to restore balance. It took the union of Ferdinand and Isabella to enable a successful rebellion agains the Moors.

In a totalitarian state, what we call romantic literature and dystopian literature would be forbidden. Lucifer would never allow it, because it would inevitably threaten his power. If your child has not read either of these classics by the time he or she reaches 18 years of age, even though they have an average or above average intelligence, you need to be very concerned. You should be especially concerned if your child has been assigned anything like "The Harrad Experiment", unless you are very confident that it is going to be treated very critically. (It appears that Wikipedia speaks only of the movie by this title.). Then, too, I'm sure there are other books and/or movies that romanticize "free love" communes.

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