Thanks for a very useful and detailed analysis. Although each country has somewhat different details, we've seen very similar phenomena occurring around the globe over the last few years. One notable factor has been the power of the Internet to spread lies, and the desire of the traditional media organizations to repeat sensationalist lies in order to attract eyeballs and thus boost revenues. One could argue, in fact, that Western civilization is ending in consequence of the media's ceaseless pursuit of ad revenues. Not an encouraging thought, but a very important recognition of a fundamentally toxic dynamic.

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