In spite of their differing perceptions of the architecture of the totalitarian superstate and how it exercises power and control over its residents, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley shared a fundamental conviction. They both argued that the established democracies of the West were moving quickly toward a historical moment when they would willingly relinquish the noble promises and ideals of liberal democracy and enter that menacing space where totalitarianism perverts the modern ideals of justice, freedom and political emancipation. Both believed that Western democracies were devolving into pathological states in which politics was recognized in the interest of death over life and justice. Both were unequivocal in the shared understanding that the future of civilization was on the verge of total domination or what Hannah Arendt called "dark times."
The recent decision in Johnson v. United States reinforces the need to address sentencing policies that have lengthened prison terms and contributed to mass incarceration. At the federal level, Congress can address sentencing enhancements that lengthen statutory punishments.
Where once they were mostly hidden away in the dark corners of the internet, at members-only conferences, backwoods barbeques and rallies in small towns, white nationalist groups are facing heightened scrutiny since Dylann Storm Roof murdered nine African Americans.