I mean, if you think about it, here in the United States we basically operate in something akin to the faction system from ‘Divergent.’ The exceptions being that the structures of the factions are constantly eroded and corrupted because the factionless are still cast aside, but they get used every couple of years in the contest for power between powerful figures. So, rather than an efficient, yet cruel, system, you get an inefficient and chaotic and doubly cruel system. And the factions aren’t competing, they’re all ‘in on it’ because the structure itself, along with its amoral eccentricities, maintains their positions within the hierarchy. Watching their own asses, basically. Oh, and divergents either end up megalomaniac CEOs, cattle for the entertainment industry, or burn-outs on their way to either prison, a padded room, or some basement freezer with a number on it because ‘damn, why do people want universal health care because you’re just gonna wake up in this again tomorrow,’ lol.
People go on at length, and have done so since industrialization began, about the tyranny of the great machine, about cogs and lever pullers and masters and slaves. It’s an endless quarry of metaphorical stone from which some of our best fiction was cut. But the truth of the matter is that the machine, regardless of the ‘ism it is supposedly built around, regardless of the political factions involved, has always just plain sucked for almost everyone ever since we took the humanity out of the equation to facilitate the practical application of the mathematical principles that operate the whole abstractly mechanized process. Like, it doesn’t matter if you’re a cog or a lever puller or a master or a slave. You’re caught in it, and it’s a chaotic, ineffective mess maintained by a lovely story about progress and its many great accomplishments. And the dirt gets all over everyone involved and blinds their eyes to the notion that there’s anything else outside of this labyrinth of social, economic, and political constructs.