Huxley vs. Orwell? Because of the coming ubiquity of cameras people are talking Orwell, but I believe that for the Western democratic welfare state Huxley's dystopia has always been more relevant. In Huxley's world government shaped it's subject from the very start, into the kind of citizens it wanted. No cameras and control were ever needed. By extension, a metaphor for all the fostering modern welfare states do, from the skewed view of history taught to my generation in school to fax taxes and our famous paradoxical alcohol policies.
Below is link to the very interesting letter Huxley wrote to Orwell upon the publishing of 1984.