We’re overdue for change and that usually means it will take a painfully big effort to correct things that are far out of balance. We’ve just let things go for too long.
It’s hard to challenge entrenched interests behind fundamentalist religion and economic exploitation with logic, when they hide from our eyes. Arguments devolve into bickering about beliefs and seldom address motives waiting in the wings.
Historically, populist uprisings wrestle control from entrenched power, address anger and issues, and then begin evolving into their own control dogma. The trick is to continue making adjustments on the infrastructure of government and the avenues of power and not relax or get locked up. The alternative to incremental, vital change is incremental obsolescence.
But, people long for and societies settle into new stable states, with comfortable, new restrictions to change. Like spring cleaning quickly devolves into letting dust and stains accumulate, the time between dealing with issues and obsolescence determines if progress is easy and smooth or abrupt and painful.