The last 4 decades have seen a wholesale perversion of the public trust. It has been and is being orchestrated by business and political interests, who are primarily concerned with amassing money and power.
We live at a time of confining social structures, high density population and material excess. We live, right or wrongly, at a time of over stressed critical services and evaporating essential life resources.
In order to survive, in an increasingly hostile world, we need to stop the hyperbole and start designing our future. We have been making incredibly faulty decisions for long enough and need to get effective right away.