Mostly liberal Americans, but still…
The good of this country seems to have long since been rendered unimportant and certainly non-essential by most politicians. Those who want the best for the country wouldn't make it past one term if they were sincere and actively working toward that end, to wit, DJT.
Good post! Delving into the reasons why we live under such a fog of mass insanity is difficult. There are many complexities as you point out. For me, always taking cover under the guise of Occam's Razor, because simple is how I think - I view it from one rather limited perspective. Our Faustian bargain with Big Tech is now legendary. We have caved at every new turn. The simple truth is Big Tech demanded a certain passive-aggressiveness from us all. Once social media developed into a thing it clearly selected for these behaviors. Engage in passive aggressive behavior for long enough and it results in anger - the kind most humans don't overcome. Stay angry and helpless feeling long enough and you get toxic narcissism. Toxic narcissism is a mental illness. This is where we are at now - lost in a fog of mental illness, mass hysteria, or whatever it is people are calling in this summer.
As usual, you dissect the subject with rare common sense. The answer to your questions as they are laid out is this has to be purposeful. I believe the answers truly are asked and known by those in power. Those who choose darkness have twisted thinking and logical answers are repulsive to them. Destruction leads to power. This is the end sight of their focus. Delusion has covered their eyes to logic or common sense.
"If this is such an obviously good idea, why do we have to pass laws to force people to do it? Why aren't people rushing to do it voluntarily?"