Tyrants: ‘Logic Is an Enemy … Truth Is a Menace’

Instead of watching fireworks, my better half and I spent New Year’s Eve binge-watching a show that summed up the previous year:  The Twilight Zone.  One of the first episodes was “The Obsolete Man” (1961), about the trial of Romney Wordsworth, a librarian.

“Wordsworth! Romney! Obsolescence!” yelled one of two bailiffs standing at each side of two 20-foot-tall doors that slowly opened to reveal the condemned man entering the courtroom, head bowed.     

Rod Serling, a master of words, sucked us in right away:

“You walk into this room at your own risk because it leads to the future.  Not a future that will be but one that might be.  This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of what began in the old one.  It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time.  It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom.  But like every one of the super-states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace.”

Wordsworth walked with foreboding past a

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