Not everyone noticed. It wasn’t the rapture of the nerds with weakly god like artificial intelligence being created and then boosting itself even higher. It wasn’t the creation of true artificial brains or the internet becoming self aware or anything geeky like that.
It happened when corporations became single legal entities. A corporation answers only to itself if it is sufficiently large. It can stick a finger up at mere national governments and even international bodies. It only has its own best interests at heart. Or as it would put it maximising profits for its shareholders.
The thing is a corporation will do anything to maximise those profits. Sell arms or cancer causing chemicals, bribe elected lawmakers and enforcers, degrade the rights of its staff and the public, all not a problem just as long as you protect those dividends. This means that corporations are the biggest psychopaths on the planet. They don’t give a fuck about humans, we are just like rats in a maze pressing the button for the happy pills.
Yes humans are part of corporations. But humans who work for corporations make decisions for corporations not for other humans. How else would a company persuade /bribe the government of Brazil to license seed with rights management build into its DNA. The farmer buys the seed, sows it and harvests it like normal. But if he keeps some of the crop back for seed for the next year it is infertile and won’t grow. The farmer has to buy more seed each year.
No human in their right minds would think that is a good idea. But a corporation would. It maximises its profits. It turns farmers into the equivalent of junkies and the corporation is the dealer.
Government globally is a sham. Weak men and women do the bidding of corporations and put a PR spin on it. Governments are little more than the marketing department of corporations. If this is late stage capitalism I don’t think the next stage is socialism or communism or even anarchy. Its going to be a massive fascist dictatorship of corporations. It already is to some extent and its getting worse by the day.
Imagine shopping forever. That is the future Winston.