The medicalization of what have previously been considered moral issues is a broader cultural phenomenon. This trajectory is irresistible—who wants to be the last asshole standing, issuing condemnations rather than solicitude? But here we see the sly logic by which democratic nonjudgmentalness gets turned to advantage in unregulated capitalism, with the aid of an expansionary psychiatric establishment. To capital, our moral squeamishness about being “judgmental” smells like opportunity.
Matthew Crawford The World Beyond Your Head, (2015), p. 107
Crawford is speaking specifically of gambling and the thanatos principle which is built into corporate controlled gambling in the U.S. But his insight applies more widely.