I have some exciting news. I’ve launched a provocative and controversial new blog.
If you have enjoyed some of my more political posts, my new site is for you. The new site is for those of you who love to question the government, who love personal liberty, and love to discuss political topics and political philosophy. I appreciate all intelligent debate from all perspectives.
My new blog – The Free Savage – is about political and social freedom.
The Free Savage is written in the spirit of John the Savage from from Adolus Huxley’s novel Brave New World. (For more information read the snippet at the bottom of this post about John the Savage from huxley.net.)
Then read, This isn’t personal. This is about ideas or the About Page. To get an idea what kind of material I will be posting, read Baseball Bats and the Nanny State which has already had several thousand visitors. I’d love to have you join the conversation.
In the future I will publish my political posts at The Free Savage, so if you hate political discussion, steve-olson.com will be less political than before. However, I will promote The Free Savage here at steve-olson.com from time to time.
At The Free Savage, I will link to the best liberty oriented content on the web, so if you have something worthy let me know via the contact page.
I welcome any help promoting or launching this new website, any reviews, stumbles, or other promotions. And as always, I appreciate any and all links.
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JOHN THE SAVAGE
The illicit son of the Director and Linda. He was born and reared on the Savage Reservation (”Malpais”) after Linda was unwittingly left behind by her errant lover. John the Savage is an outsider both on the Reservation – where the ignorant natives still practise marriage, natural birth, family life and religion – and the ostensibly civilised Brave New World: a totalitarian welfare-state based on principles of stability and happiness, albeit happiness of a shallow and insipid nature. The Savage has read nothing but The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. He quotes them extensively and, for the most part, aptly, though his allusion to “Brave New World” [Miranda’s words in The Tempest] takes on a darker and bitterly ironic resonance as the novel unfolds. John the Savage is intensely moral. He is also somewhat naïve. In defiance of BNW’s social norms, he falls romantically in love with Lenina, but spurns her premature sexual advances. After his mother Linda’s death, the Savage becomes ever more disillusioned with utopian society. Its technological wonders and soulless consumerism are no substitute for individual freedom, human dignity and personal integrity. He debates passionately and eruditely with World Controller Mustapha Mond on the competing merits of primitivism versus the World State. After his spontaneous bid to stir revolt among the lower castes has failed, the Savage retreats to an old abandoned lighthouse, whips himself in remorse for his sins, and gloomily cultivates his garden. But he is hounded by reporters and hordes of intrusive brave new worlders. Guilt-ridden, the Savage finally hangs himself after – we are given to infer – he has taken the soma he so despises and succumbed to an orgiastic debauch.