I’ve been rereading George Orwell’s dystopian 1984, and there is so much there that reminds me of our situation today, from ruthlessly suppressed information, to screens that spy on you, to shortages of needed supplies, and much more. In the novel, the power of the ruling Party is supreme as it manipulates thoughts and emotions — much as our mainstream media and Big Tech rule over us.

The Party’s aim? “The heresy of heresies was common sense,” Orwell writes. “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” As it is today. A friend joked the other day that when it comes to certain politicized medical and public health questions, he “only trusts anecdotal evidence.” Meaning, he trusts stories he hears from friends and other people he personally knows — since information about science is so obviously being manipulated.

“It’s not very scientific of me,” my friend admitted. True, but there’s something to it, anyway. In the…

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