We need ti begin thinking of ways for technology to help us avoid this - before it happens. I disagree with crypto-currency being a long-time answer, because soon enough, it will be made illegal because cetnral banks won’t allow competition against their CBDCs.
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Plenty of times humanity have found ways to control and keep a society under control; long before technology. This is just a new way to do it, along the other ways that are already happening.
I agree. In the past (still, really!), religion, superstition, woo was how it was done. The difference with this newer technology is that our every step will be tracked and known. That wasn’t possible until a few years ago and will continually get worse.