If you want to know where the US is headed economically, take a look at China.
In response to a number of small factory closings in China, their Finance minister was upbeat and stated that they will "clear those birds out of the cage" to make way for bigger and better factories. The people may suffer, but the system will survive. China is the world's poster child for the "public/private partnership" model. They call it capitalism, but it's really fascism. The government determines what will be produced, by whom and how much they will make for doing it.
On a recent episode of Donny Deutch's Big Idea, he and his "capitalist" guests agreed that a new way of thinking is needed; that people need to recognize that it's the system that is the priority, not the individual and his or her personal ambitions.
The sentiment is repeated often by both parties. We are told we need to aspire to "something bigger than ourselves". A more universal call would simply be that we should serve something, anything, other than ourselves.
To the real capitalist, the individual is the foundation for everything. Society is a tool for the convenience of the individual, when and if they decide to engage it. To the collectivist, society is a super entity that demands the devotion of individuals, who are themselves expendable.
The power brokers are attempting to create a brave new world. The system will be the end, rather than the means. The goal is order and stability, not quality of individual life. The individual is insignificant. To think otherwise would be selfish, and selfishness is the ultimate sin in the eyes of the collective.
Naturally, once you've convinced people that they should serve others (by definition, everyone except you), all you need to do is become the authority on what "others" need, when they need it, where it will be delivered, who will produce it and at what cost.