I have had a chaotic week, indeed, so thought I would post an excellent blog post from my friend Nancy Pearcey at thepearceyreport.com.
As always, Nancy is concise and to the point:
On the Miley Cyrus fiasco, Aldous Huxley gives the broader picture: As the public sphere becomes increasingly controlled and authoritarian, the private sphere — for example, sexual behavior — becomes increasingly wild and chaotic. From his preface to Brace New World:
“As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the dictator
. . . will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to “reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.”
Today, of course, there are far more technological escapes via the internet, etc. And Huxley’s words echo what sociologists like Peter Berger have also said — that as the public sphere is increasingly structured and controlled by Big Government and Big Corporations, ordinary people compensate with the rejection of structure and restraints in the private sphere (see Berger’s book The Homeless Mind).
In the words of John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, “Those concerned about the emerging police state in America . . . should be equally concerned about the pornification of America: They are two sides of the same coin.”