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The basic premise of the story is that American industry is run by a tiny group of wealthy and powerful managers and engineers, while the vast majority of the population are stripped of their well-paying industrial jobs and forced to live as poor, powerless menials.  This elite of managers and engineers live in closed, gated Orwellian communities, where they watch each other closely for the slightest hint of nonconformity or disloyalty to the system.

The basic premise of the story is that American industry is run by a tiny group of wealthy and powerful managers and engineers, while the vast majority of the population are stripped of their well-paying industrial jobs and forced to live as poor, powerless menials. This elite of managers and engineers live in closed, gated Orwellian communities, where they watch each other closely for the slightest hint of nonconformity or disloyalty to the system.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  A stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. A stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family.

Brave New World: Aldous Huxley’s predictions seem to be upon us - Eighty-one years ago this month, while living in the south of France, Aldous Huxley completed his timeless satire about an infantilized, drug-dependent, science-controlled, consumer society — much like our own.

Brave New World: Aldous Huxley’s predictions seem to be upon us

Brave New World: Aldous Huxley’s predictions seem to be upon us - Eighty-one years ago this month, while living in the south of France, Aldous Huxley completed his timeless satire about an infantilized, drug-dependent, science-controlled, consumer society — much like our own.

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