Not quite the Aldous Huxley version of the Brave New World, but incrementalism at its finest.
We are told that it's not our money to keep, even though we earned it. (Jim Moran, VA-D, 11/4/08)
We are told that we are going to have to sacrifice for the greater good (Obamessiah, multiple times).
We are told that we are all one, and that the suffering of our neighbors who made poor choices should be felt by everyone, rather than by the person who made poor choices. (Bailouts, all over)
We are not allowed to fail, whether that be in the schools, where kids who cannot read are allowed to be promoted to the next grade to ensure their self-esteem isn't harmed or whether that be Citibank, GM, Chrysler, AIG, etc, where their general stupidity and lack of understanding the market and competition drove them to bankruptcy. I say stupidity when referring to the car companies because they knowingly agreed to the contracts with the UAW that allowed the wasteful policies and positions that have driven the companies into the oblivion. No one forced them (other than the UAW of course) to agree to those contracts. Had they taken a stand 3 years ago during their most recent collective bargaining agreements, as was recommended by many industry analysts, this latest brush with failure probably would have been merely a fantasy.
People who show true emotion and passion as well as what used to be considered common sense in public are considered 'savages' and shunned by the elites (much like John the Savage in Huxley's book). Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin, and Ron Paul to name a few.
When will people wake up and realize that government control isn't the answer but rather the source of the majority of the problems?
Probably when the Soma runs out.