Don't you mean Huxleyian?

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Mass. Gov Mitt Romney:
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, said on Thursday his administration's new restrictions on stem cell research are aimed at heading off an "Orwellian" future.

The state's Department of Public Health this week issued regulations banning the creation of embryos for research purposes.

Scientists say stem cell research could lead to breakthroughs in treatments for diseases including cancer. But the issue has become ethically and politically volatile because extracting the cells entails destruction of an embryo.

"I believe it crosses a very bright moral line to take sperm and eggs in the laboratory and start creating human life," Romney told reporters. "It is Orwellian in its scope. In laboratories you could have trays of new embryos being created."

It's been a while since I read 1984, but I don't remember embryonic stem cell research featuring prominently in the list of horrors to which the people of Oceania were subject. I guess we're now at the point where "Orwellian" just means "very bad indeed" (as Cordwainer Smith once wrote about "un-British").

It's also worth noting that we passed the "bright moral line" where we "take sperm and eggs in the laboratory and start creating human life" almost 30 years ago.


I seem to recall Orwell wrote an essay about this. "The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies 'something not desirable'", indeed.

It is of course entirely within the scope of the eusebiacrats to undo peoples access to in vitro fertilization, as well as undoing Griswold and re-prohibiting all information about and access to birth control. I realize that it's not technically (let alone grammatically) possible to prohibit information, but that's what they want to try and do anyway. It'll be interesting as 2008 approaches to see how Romney vs McCain vs Frist shapes up on the wacko-religious front.

Maybe by "Orwellian" he meant "will lead to us being ruled by talking pigs".

Well, as long as they have a Pink Floyd theme song that could be pretty cool.

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