If you've never read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, you should, especially if your view of the world today is as tainted as my own about government intrusion, overreach and oppression. I'm not gonna lie and tell you it's an easy read. At times, it is a ponderous work chock full of long descriptive passages that rival Tolkien's environmental depictions in Middle Earth. The work, though, does come full circle literally to a single sentence near the end of the novel (and you can't simply skip to the end to appreciate the enormity of the subject matter or its intent), but the fact is that after reading this novel, you'll have a much clearer understanding of why government is the way it is, why it feels compelled to remain that way, despite heavy opposition from the voting public, and why the government, like a cornered animal, will lunge outward at its attackers and fight any way it deems necessary to ensure its survival.
There are easier reads. Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Or if you're the movie type of person, The Purge, Gattaca, The Giver or Logan's Run. All of these are superb examples of government power gone seriously awry while the rights of the individual have been forever altered to non-sequiturs in the mainstream thought.
Recently, another Orwellian nasty has been propagating the insistence that government is far superior in judgment of who should be parents and who should not. More precisely, this law professor is insisting that government should actually, literally choose which parent receives which baby! Read more of this astounding level of arrogance on the next page!