Gregory Claeys has been Professor of the History of Political Thought at the Royal Holloway University of London since 1992. His main research interests lie in the fields of social and political reform movements from the 1790s to the early 20th century. He has just had published by Oxford University Press the first monograph devoted to the concept of dystopia, entitled Dystopia a Natural History. He has spoken several times at the Ethical Society, including on Thomas Paine and J.S. Mill.
The election and assumption to office of President Trump in January 2017 and the Brexit vote and its unfolding implications have led to widespread discussions as to whether we are heading towards a “dystopia”. In the last month sales of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four have been massive, as concerned onlookers plumb…