It is a clean room mostly empty except for the government officials, a secretary and the Chancellor of the state. In enters Mr. Wordsworth, a man who is on trial on suspicion of being a librarian.
In this 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone, titled The Obsolete Man, we see one of the most articulate demonstrations of the implications of tyranny, where civil law infringes upon personal freedoms in a way so blatant, it makes us doubt that such a scenario could ever be possible. Yet, a cursory review of history and the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung show us that such a scenario is but two gentle steps away. What were the common threads between these regimes that were responsible for the murder of an estimated 100 million people combined? Step one: remove the notion of God from public life, thereby removing natural law as the basis for intrinsic human worth, liberty and equality. Step two: create a totalitarian regime, preferably with a ruthless dictator at the helm. And there you have it – a society unable to understand why human beings have intrinsic worth, unable to account for their own liberties in order to retain them, and the horrific reality follows. (more…)