“Democracies have traditionally defined themselves by, among other things – openness and the rule of law. But now it seems that we in the west are tacitly legitimising the methods of the darker human past, upgraded technologically and sanctified to our own uses, of course. For the sake of freedom, freedom must be renounced. To move us towards the improved world – the utopia we’re promised – dystopia must first hold sway.” Margaret Atwood on reading Orwell in the 21st century.