I stumbled into an interesting article of amost 20 years old, but with strikingly appropriate overtones for our own time.
political philosopher Hannah Arendt once described totalitarianism as
an “experiment against reality.” Among other things, she had in mind the
peculiar mixture of gullibility and cynicism that totalitarian
movements inspire, an amalgam that fosters an intellectual twilight in
which people believe “everything and nothing, think that everything was
possible and nothing was true.”