The Obsolete Man shows a view of a future where the ideas of Hitler, Stalin and other dictators have been taken even farther by a new power that lords over it's subjects with a crushing hand. Books and learning are deemed poisonous, and God and knowledge are called obsolete. There are government officials, such as the Chancellor, who strive to rid the society of people that they deem unnecessary. While the Chancellor insists that "the state has no fears", he is still rather cautious about assuring Wordsworth's death. He believes that undesirables are what cause downfall, especially those viewed as useless. 
"logic is an enemy and truth is a menace"
What I found particularly interesting about this symbolic sketch is the way that the situation shifts. Once Wordsworth has the upper hand, we find that the Chancellor is truly a hypocrite. He truly is afraid of an "obsolete" man like Wordsworth and he begins to beg pathetically for mercy, just as he predicted Wordsworth himself would do. When he is spared, the government system that the Chancellor is so obsessed with turns on him. He is suddenly deemed obsolete for showing weakness, and he finally realizes the corruption of the state.
This says a lot about dictatorship and power distribution in the real world. Often a government becomes so focused on perfecting themselves that they start to tear apart from the inside. The human race is imperfect and there is always a new flaw to be found. Also, those in power often start to overestimate themselves and underestimate everyone else. This is how dictatorships fall. Arrogance weakens those who hold power and leads to them neglecting those who have the potential to undo them.
Andy Schoenborn
3/17/2013 04:39:23 am

Hi Ian,

It's great to hear you say, "Often a government becomes so focused on perfecting themselves that they start to tear apart from the inside. The human race is imperfect and there is always a new flaw to be found. Also, those in power often start to overestimate themselves and underestimate everyone else." because it reminds me that the truth eventually comes out, and not even a powerful government can avoid it.

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