The totalizing impulse of capital broke free from the state, and an unfettered consumerism marked "the end of history."
History begins anew with each autonomous culture met by capital; it records no greater threat in its past.
Consumerism announces itself as democracy at the point of consumption, and no one will be denied their rights. The security guard is trampled by the mob, but he dies in defense of the same principle they advance. Not inherent worth, but exchange value.
The language of capital displaces its rivals, and what can't be heard can't easily be said. Meaning is powered through the circuit of commodity exchange, as part of its larger process. This leaves the art of human expression limited to those who "succeed" at doing it, while the rest of us spend our time talking about them. We may admire, or we might resent; but we cede their authority by referencing them, for want of a language of our own.
Any association with power will lure humankind away from self-mastery of it. Proximity to that circuit most easily seen as external to the self dampens the power which occurs naturally, internal to it. No culture can satisfy the need for community within a circuit that runs external to the individual -- not even through the promise of association. Human culture must be composed of individuals first, with community expressed through differentiation.