They don't call it "autocratic" anymore though, now its "technocratic".
My point in respect to your post, RofJ, is that technocracy and capitalism have undermined the human aspect of social and economic life. If you ask someone out of the blue what they think of the Golden Rule they will likely agree with it. But then its also likely that they will say that the fast food workers either should put up with their situation and not strike, or they will say they are neutral because they see it as just a power struggle. It would not enter their minds to ask whether the corporate management has any compassion toward their workers.
My take on the concept of "alienation of labor" is that the surplus value of labor should be available to the workers for their own personal time. Some people, for example, like to clean. Its mentally unchallenging so you can get lost in your own thoughts all while staying physically healthy by doing physical work. Others don't enjoy it so much but are not uncomfortable and are willing to do it. Both those situations are acceptable so it is not necessary for the worker to look at work as the only or primary source of self-fulfillment. We need to get back to the idea that workers should be able to fulfill their desires with a much shorter work day/week/lifetime. But that is going against capitalism for two reasons. One is that limiting the workforce increases profits from state extortion. The other is that keeping people busy serves the purpose of robbing people of leisure, in the sense in which "leisure" has been used especially in classical liberal contexts to mean the self-owning of one's time and personal development.