When most of the members of a society no longer care about or try to determine the truth, the society is doomed. From Paul Craig Roberts at paulcraigroberts.org:
June brings my quarterly request for donations. Your financial support for the website tells me that my efforts are valued and worthwhile. Your donations support me in standing up to the smears. Telling the truth in America in these days is a punished, not a rewarded, activity.
The United States is best understood today as the Disunited States. There is less unity than in 1860. Civility is gone from debate; indeed, debate itself is gone. Integrity and respect for truth have lost out to worship of money and the rule of power. Ideology has shoved aside facts.
Money and power are all. We have seen this in the intentional exaggeration of the Covid threat for Big Pharma profits and the institutionalization of arbitrary government power over civil liberty. Today, with the exception of some free Red states, such as Florida, in the Disunited States our exercise of our civil liberty requires the government’s permission. You are free only by the government’s permission. In other words, the US Constitution has lost its authority. We now live under the authority of the power seekers.
Government and corporate spying have destroyed privacy, another Constitutionally protected right.
Education has been replaced with cult indoctrination. In blue states and in some local school districts of red states, white American students are taught that they are racist by nature. They are infused with personal guilt for slavery that ended 156 years ago. Speech codes are imposed that prevent any challenge to the propaganda masquerading as eduction. The brainwashing of white Americans is imposed by law in blue states such as California, Washington, Oregon, and New York. Parents who complain are fired by their corporate employers who have imbibed the Critical Race Theory kool-aid. No American who works for a US corporation has freedom of speech.