“Brave New World” and “‘If you are old enough to carry a gun, you are old enough to be a soldier’” delve into the consequences of denying people the right to independent thought. Through incredible technological advances in this “Brave New World”, people in power “condition the masses” as a means to get the humans desired (23). Because of this seemingly perfect system constructed, humans cease to be in control of their place in society, their happiness, their intelligence, and their own thoughts. Huxley demonstrates that beyond the surface of perfect society, people are conditioned to be a certain way causing great oppression. In “‘If you are old enough to carry a gun, you are old enough to be a soldier’”, it’s explained that children are “brainwashed, brutalised, and turned into a killer” in order to get children onto the frontlines of battle in many third world countries (1). Because children’s minds are malleable, they are easily manipulated and conditioned to be what corrupt military leaders want them to be. Child soldiers become a symbol of great pain endured by children, their families, and their victims. Huxley and the Guardian demonstrate societies that condition groups of people creates a fearful world in which powerful, corrupt people take advantage of the majority of humanity.