"To feed on them in cannibalistic horror."
The purpose of the Machine State is to turn you into the Borg - replaceable slave-cogs in the Machine. Unfortunately, there are some people who don't want to be free. Mostly, they want to be fed and taken care of. Again, that's why Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years with his tribe - so the slaves with their slave mentality would die off.
Some people do want to be free, though, and they are the ones the State always considers a threat.
The days of going to college, getting a degree and getting a good job with benefits are gone. They were a blip, and that blip has disappeared.
There is no way to stop the coming robots. Soon, many jobs will be done by them.
There's good and bad to it. For one thing, prices will drop. That always happens with mass production by machines.
The bad is that society will be split into two classes: the smart who can do the programming and repair (who will make a lot of money) and everyone else (who will make little but still be okay because prices will be so low).
I read a novel about this when I was 11. It was called The Time Machine. You know - the Eloi and the Morlocks.
The purpose of government these days (and traditionally in the past) has been to exploit everyone for the one percent. What's probably going to happen is that ten percent or so will be well-to-do...and everyone else won't.
The mean IQ is 100. That means half of the people have IQs of 100 or less. They are not going to be retrained for better jobs, contrary to the hallucinations of the spergs.
This is what I mean by the Machine State versus the Natural State. You can see this theme clearly in Star Wars - the Empire, Darth Vader, and the Stormtroopers. As opposed to the Ewoks. Or even the Rebels. (You can see it in The Time Machine, too.)
The Machine State does not want you to get off the reservation. Think of all these "free-range" kids and how the government is attacking them, kidnapping them from their parents because they walk home from school alone.
Or look at how many people are getting off the grid. They want to live their lives in a more natural state. How many people, really, want to live a box house in the suburbs, send their kids to public schools where they sit in ranks and rows - and work at some ghastly low-paying job?
And now the government is importing hundreds of thousands of foreigners - who cannot be assimilated - to lower wages.
I know several people off the grid, who home-school their kids.
I also know well about the trash, who spend their lives drinking and drugging and causing trouble, because drama is the purpose of their lives. "The poor are always with poor." That doesn't mean financially poor. It means poor in character.
But just look around and ask yourself this: how much of the government and society is trying to force you into being a replaceable slave-cog in a machine? And how much of it supports your freedom and wants you to be the best you can be?