The draconian irrationality with which the democratic nations have decimated their own economy and culture in the first five months of 2020, and destroyed the freedoms and livelihood of millions of their own citizens, is a sign that the world has entered the post-truth age.
The public opinion, driven by the mainstream media which is a handmaiden of the political establishment, is blind and its fickleness is terrifying to watch. The biggest concerns that humanity faces, according to the mainstream media and the government’s spokespersons, are: climate change, global pandemic, gender, racism, sexism, misogyny, and minority rights. The media and the government are no longer concerned with facts and truth—they propagate lies to keep the public in a constant state of fear. If the people are afraid, they can be easily controlled.
Seeking facts and truth is proof of irrational behavior. Rationality in the post-truth age entails being in awe of the specious arguments and emotional melodrama of the politicians, the intellectuals, the experts, and the mobs in the streets.