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The 'opportunity gap': We're living in Huxley's 'Brave New World'

To the editor: Insightful writers like Doyle McManus have documented the ever-widening economic inequality that seems to threaten our societal foundations. But we were warned. ("How 'social air bags' for rich kids exacerbate unequal opportunity," op-ed, March 17) In 1931, Aldous Huxley wrote "Brave New World," a novel that looked ahead six centuries to find upward mobility absent, with societal roles determined at birth. Huxley foresaw a society, set in London, headed by an upper crust of Alphas and Betas, with heightened intelligence enhanced from conception. The vast majority of the citizenry was made up of three lower castes: Deltas, Epsilons and...