Kudos for the level-headed call to attention. The first thought that came to mind was an image of the ongoing soldering of what has been and continues to be an intensifying 'pipeline' model of societal suppression by an economic theory that knows only profit by extraction (in all dimensions). It is hammered and forced into place through a 'neo-class' of lobbyist/hawkers paid to control narrative and exclude any and all healthy societal regeneration: "The labels that were attached to me — baby mama, poor decision maker, uneducated, unworthy — I let those labels hold me down". This is the 'branding' inherent in the suffocating intent of making all members of all societies 'consumers'.
By their fruits you will know them. Grapes aren't gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles, are they?