The Obsolete Man and Totalitarianism

The 3 books below are among some of the best critiques against totalitarianism and censorship.  

3 classics of dystopian literature:

1) George Orwell’s “1984”

2) Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”

3) Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”

Everyone has heard of those books. Interestingly, I stumbled upon an episode of The Twilight Zone called “The Obsolete Man.”    I am intrigued by how relevant it is today.

As a vision of totalitarianism, “The Obsolete Man” encapsulates a common fear felt throughout America during the cold war era: the destruction of the rights of man at the hands of the state. By far, my favorite episode of The Twilight Zone I’ve yet seen was an episode written by Rod Serling and which originally aired on June 2, 1961.  This episode, titled “The Obsolete Man,” is set in a dystopian future at a point when the state has total control over the lives of man, and can and does declare those men and women who do not … Continue reading →

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