"Orwell warns us that there were things that dictatorships have in common," Hackett wrote during an exchange of emails this week. "Attacks on institutions (the judiciary, the press, law enforcement). The mandate that all should disregard what your own eyes and ears tell you is true and accept only what the regime tells you is true. The total disregard for facts. The militarization of the police and society at large. The blaming of 'the other' for problems in the country, etc."