"Do we really wish to act upon our knowledge? Does a majority of the population think it worthwhile to take a good deal of trouble, in order to halt and, if possible, reverse the current drift toward totalitarian control of everything?"
i love Huxley's reference to "a good deal of trouble." That's entirely correct, and vastly understates the task at hand.
And voting; advocating about voting; endlessly arguing about voting; viciously denouncing each other about voting; are not anywhere near the "good deal of trouble" Huxley refers to.
We need to struggle - in our own lives and consciousness, in our families, in our communities, in our workplaces - to speak these truths, to act on these truths, and to get organized around addressing these truths. As we do so, we need to focus on fundamental changes in economics, politics, media, and social relations. In so doing, we come face-to-face with the entrenched, manipulative, self-interested power formations that absolutely rely on the falsehoods, distortions, and bullying that maintain their positions of power.
This involves very real personal risk. Are the stakes high enough? What are we willing to risk, on each side of our considering Huxley's question?
Also, the very fabric of the web of life on Earth itself is now unraveling. The risk on the "do nothing" side of the question is now so far beyond the mere personal, or even political, as to be civilizational, and ecological.
What "good deal of trouble" are we willing to take, if we see and understand these hard, real-world risks? Estrangement of family and friends? Loss of work, or stunting of career path? Humiliation and denunciation in the media? And then, if we do successfully organize in the face of these, violence from agents of the corporate state?
What are we willing to risk, on behalf of life itself? Do we prefer to continue down the road as manipulated, lied-to, dehumanized "consumers" on the fast train to destruction?
Ideally, the choice is clear. But we are each humans, individuals, manipulable, emotional, dividable, distractable.
Huxley's questions are not simply for rhetorical consideration. Please think about how you navigate these questions, and the course your life will take.