I think it was really, as somebody said above, in Feudal times. For me, what was known as democracy has reached its natural end, run its course, and we’re in this period of transition til something else emerges that becomes more the norm globally. How will we get there? Who knows. In the past it was always major wars and mass movements. The huge migrations of our times is one thing that repeats the past. And there are alot of wars in many places, big and small scale with the likelihood of that just increasing.
Most of all the environmental collapses that we are living through now will bring about the greatest mass shift in humanity’s way of living anyway.
As for political shifts and media control I think it’s all a bit chicken and egg, people are seeing it too much in the context of what used to be the majority way of the world, which is all but gone. People allow stuff to happen for a reason, its not simply the case that things like Trump come along and the masses are passive victims, as if it could magically be prevented or changed somehow, it more reflects where the USA, UK etc have got to. It’s an inevitable conclusion of the trajectory of much of what ‘Western’ society, in all its manifestations, was heading for.
Where next? Further shifting and likely downshifting in many ways, til hopefully a new balance that hopefully is not too terrible.
Or til, as The Dude said, “New shit has come to light”. And I think the Mods here need to ban people from listening to stuff like Father John Misty, we’re getting far too maudlin about things. Change can also be fun, as long as it doesn’t come from the barrel of a gun.