Values Dissonance: The American reforms apparently include banning "foreign-born Jews," among other questionable things, and are claimed to have ushered in an era of "tolerance and equality."
Of course this is according to the narrator of the story, who's also a blackmailer and batshit crazy. So you don't necessarily have to take the sentiment at face value.
Thom Ryng's play "The King in Yellow":
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: At various points the play indulges in ham-fisted political commentary about civil liberties and indefinite detention and various other comments that the reader might assume are obvious references to post-9/11 America. Until you remember that the book was written in 1999!