The Obsolete Man

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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.”

This is Mr Romney Wordsworth. In his last 48 hours on Earth. He is a citizen of the state, but will soon have to be eliminated because he is built out of flesh and because he has a mind. Mr Romney Wordsworth who will draw his last breaths in The Twilight Zone.

(Originally broadcast June 2, 1961)

11:09 pm on July 17, 2012