Monday, December 12, 2022

A creepy fantasy

Nick Catoggio​ finds political relevance in a 1961 Twilight Zone episode:
...[I]t’s the shrewdest commentary on tyranny in the Twilight Zone catalog.

Tell me if this sounds familiar. A vindictive child with superpowers demands that the adults around him indulge his every desire. If they refuse, he can wish them away into oblivion with an unkind thought. That leaves the adults trapped in a hostage crisis without an endgame, where the only way to survive is to keep humoring and flattering the captor they despise while waiting for something to change. Maybe the child will die, maybe he’ll mature, maybe he’ll get bored and move on to something else in life. But until fate intervenes to liberate them, they’re at his mercy.

Imagine a political party being so dysfunctional as to replicate a Twilight Zone plot arc. ....
Nick Catoggio, "Is Never Trump Forever?," The Dispatch, Dec. 12, 2022.

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