Thanks for this post. I'm only halfway through, but the perspective is clear. This is not the first time we've felt like we're going to hell in a hand basket.
Someone is always paranoid in our system. I'm now wondering if things may seem worse since we can set on our asses at home, yet meet virtually, in an echo chamber, online with similar paranoid folks.
Is it that we can now share and amplify our paranoid beliefs, that the extreme belief system is so dominant?