Ah, a fun question! The government control in this book relates directly but not intensely, at least unless you include the entertainment industry. By that I mean, the government keeps strict track of what is read and what books are sold in this novel, guiding people away from deep and revolutionary thoughts. That's not really what's happening here and now. Any book can be sold, and often is. However, the government does track media for subversive activities, which is related—and the media contributes to both forms of control via overwhelming distraction. Think of the fact that more people vote for American Idol than in some presidential elections and you'll get a sense of what I mean. (At least, more votes are cast.) Also, on a different note, the government is working on robot warriors that would parallel the hounds in the novel, and developing non-lethal weapons that relate to some of the chemicals used.