RE: What Happened When I Got a Job at a Soul-Crushing, Abusive Warehouse
I learned not too long ago that what broke feudalism was the plague. Why? The plague decimated the labor force which at that time was serfs, thus decreasing the supply of labor. I am not so certain of the demand at that point but apparently the decrease in population didn't affect demand relative to supply of labor, so the serfs could sell their services to the highest bidder and somehow escape the bonds of serfdom.
Today we have downward trends affecting the demand for labor, including increased productivity. Therefore we might expect more behavior like this from employers because they can.