HG Wells jumps in time machine and arrives for the tea party. What would he think?

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Brian White
HG Wells jumps in time machine and arrives for the tea party. What would he think?

HG Wells jumps in his time machine, picks up Karl Marx, and George Orewell along the way and arrive in present day USA to find starving wretches banding together to prevent millionaires from paying any taxes, and fighting any measure that would give their kids education or health care!

How could these great visionarys have been so WRONG!

(They forgot to pick up Lewis Carroll)    What would they do next? And when they go back to their own era's, would they just give up on the human race?

Erik Redburn

You do come up with most imaginative thread ideas Brian...

Ok, I doubt they'd give up entirely but they might look for the fwd switch again.  Or maybe just go back again and revise their own plans.  Orwell might be amused at the obvious scripting in the so-called free press, but he'd definitely be dismayed that most people are not only fine with being spied on by the state but how many actively seek it out.  The growing inability to grasp the difference between reality and entertainment might involve him. 

Marx would no doubt be dismayed by the average worker's ongoing aquiesence too, though he might notice that the relatively improved standard of living might require some adjustments to his own early theories on class.   Hed probably be interested in reading how Keynes used some of his ideas.  He'd surely note the mindless religiosity of the average post-industrialized American , but maybe he'd investigate the depths of racist non-thinking driving modern tea parties and reexamine some of his own nineteenth century notions of group identity.

About all I can imagine.

voice of the damned

(movie spoliers ahead)

There is an interesting movie called Time After Time, in which HG Wells does in fact travel to Big City USA in 1979, in pursuit of Jack The Ripper. Wells is expecting the USA in 1979 to be the socialist utopia, and is panicked that Jack The Ripper will be unleashing his horrors in such a supposedly peaceful and egalitarian environment.

But of course, Wells doesn't find a socialist utopia, and fears that late 20th Century America has more in common with Jack The Ripper's vision than with his own. The film ultimately takes a conservative stance, as it's implied that the problems of the world stem from human nature, rather than from imperfect institutions. It is suggested that the more pessimistic view taken by Wells in his novel The Time Machine is a result of his having visited the late 20th Century.

I put off watching this for a long time, because the idea of H.G. Wells chasing JTR into a time machine just seemed kinda goofy. But it's worth a look.