The article “China’s Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone” and the book “1984” both show the dystopian element of constant surveillance and what happens to people who step out of line. Winston lives in a society with the phrase “Big Brother Is Watching You” and where your “thoughtcrimes” of wanting to leaving the oppressive government is death. Orwell in 1984 is showing that constant surveillance causes people to live in constant fear of screwing the tiniest thing up. When people live under constant surveillance they are not allowed to be themselves in fear of saying or doing something wrong and creates empty shells of people doing exactly what their told with no independent thought. Orwell is warning readers that governments must not take away who people are but embrace their diversity and use it to help everyone grow. In “China’s Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone” constant surveillance is a thing of the present with China creating a system that will “constantly monitor citizens”. The author shows how China is “selectively breeding its population to select against the trait of critical, independent thinking.”,but the author wants to show how this poses a “threat to civil liberties”. Countries have always been either free or oppressive with them either embracing people’s natural right or taking them away while organizations work on ending oppression and leading the human race to freedom. People must decide whether to be conform to an oppressive rule or make their own decisions.