All efforts to describe permanent happiness, on the other hand, have been failures, from earliest history onwards.

A book like Brave New World is an expression of the actual fear that modern man feels of the rationalised hedonistic society which it is within his power to create.

For one of the sources of the Fascist movement is the desire to avoid a too- rational and too- comfortable world.

The earlier parts of Gulliver’s Travels are probably the most devastating attack on human society that has ever been written. Every word of them is relevant today.

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