Huxley had alot of it figured out. His essay the Final Revolution (1959), is interesting, somewhat a prequel to Larry Lessig’s Code — a Code 0.1 you might say. (though I guess you might also say that of Brave New World).
There he says:
“In the examination of history we see that one of the great bulwarks of liberty has always been — inefficiency. The desire to be a tyrant has frequently existed, but the means for being tyrannical often have been extraordinarily inadequate.