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THE THREAT OF BIG OTHER

In January 2017, 1984 topped Amazon’s best-seller list after a Trump adviser popularized the term “alternative facts”

George Orwell delayed crucial medical care to finish 1984, the book still synonymous with our worst fears of a totalitarian future—published 70 years ago this month. Half a year later, he was dead. Because he believed everything was at stake, he forfeited everything. But today we are haunted by a question: Did

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