In a curious way we're synthesizing the two visions. Trump is Big Brother, with ignorance and stupidity and lies elevated to the highest realm of statehood. But we've bought our own Orwell boxes and happily install them because, pace Huxley, no one reads any more - we're too busy gawping at mindless entertainments. Also pace Huxley, the USA is now the most over-medicated society in history, with antidepressants being top of the list, just beating out blood pressure medications because everyone is so fat. So we get the worst of both dystopias: a thuggish militarized police force and self-narcosis through gawping at endlessly flickering screens while cramming slop and drugs down our throats. Brave new world indeed....

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