A Progressive Dystopia Realized

C. S. Lewis's "That Hideous Strength"

For insight into the methods and reach of the woke, one could hardly do better than read C. S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength. First published 77 years ago, this third novel in Lewis's Space Trilogy explores the machinations of individuals in politics, science, business, and the academy who seek to impose their materialism and transhumanism on England and, ultimately, the world. Published the same year World War II ended, the novel displays Lewis's prescience regarding the dangers posed by scientists with no moral compass and politicians with no aim other than amassing power, both of whom follow a philosophy of "progressivism" in the worst sense of the word.


is a retired secondary teacher of English and philosophy. For forty years he challenged students to dive deep into the classics of the Western canon, to think and write analytically, and to find the cultural constants reflected throughout that literature, art, and thought.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #61, Summer 2022 Copyright © 2023 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo61/a-progressive-dystopia-realized