The present order of life allows the self no scope to draw intellectual or spiritual conclusions. Thought, stripped down to knowledge, is neutralised, harnessed merely to qualifying its practitioner for specific labor markets and heighetning the commodity value of the personality. In this way the self-reflection of the mind, which counteracts paranoia, is disabled. Finally, under the conditions of late capitalism, the half-educated condition has become the objective spirit.
— Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment