Great review of how we have gotten to this point, the current choices before us, where the Powers That Shouldn't Be want to take us, and what our options are.
The ideals presented for individual rights and ability to achieve freedom are simply not possible. Our humanity is a mixture of culture, imagination and genetic programming. Genetics has a much greater role in directing our behavior than we are aware of. The way in which society is organized is entirely the result of our genetic heritage that tells us to stick with our own kind and distrust and guard against others that might be a threat against the resources and way of life we have control of. When society gets so densely populated and we start stepping on each others toes the people who have power need to feel like they have to control all factors. We are too highly populated for individual freedom. Every increase in population leaves a little less possibility for each individual. Those with power are going to retain it any way they think necessary. You often hear Marxist-Communist ideology blamed but that is just a failed political idea that provides a convenient target that can stir up emotions. What is really causing the breakdown of society are those in power who are preaching fear to the masses so they can be more easily controlled. This troubled time we are going through is the first stages of the collapse of our civilization, which is the fate of all civilizations. We can no longer manage what we have started.