Respected German author Ernst Jünger predicted the ubiquitousness of face masks to enforce conformity and uniformity in a dystopian future society in a novel called The Worker that was published nearly 90 years ago.
With face masks now becoming a mandatory part of the "new normal," the enforcement measures to make people wear them, by both agents of the state and members of the general public, are becoming more dehumanizing and draconian.
This is precisely the scenario envisaged by enigmatic German author Ernst Jünger in his 1932 classic.
As Thomas Crew details in his article The Dystopian Age of the Mask, the "eradication of all individuality" is a running theme of all dystopian literature.
This is expressed by George Orwell in 1984 when he describes the masses as, "a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans…three hundred million people all with the same face."
Crew explains that this theme is dominant in Jünger's The Worker, where, "The uniformity of the new age is symbolized…by the sudden proliferation of the mask in contemporary society."