This sounds familiar
"It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison, and yet not free - to be under no
physical constraint and yet to be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and
act as the representatives of the national state, or of some private interest within the
nation, wants him to think, feel and act. The nature of psychological compulsion is
such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are
acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind -manipulation does not know that he
is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.
That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective."
Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley, 1958
“The Matrix is a system, Neo, and that system is our enemy. When you are inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, the very minds we are trying to save. Until we do, these people are part of that system and that makes them our enemies. You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged and many are so hopelessly dependent on the system, they’ll fight to protect it. “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
- Morpheus, in the movie, “The Matrix”