This is what I find funny. In Russia there’s wall to wall propaganda. People turn on the TV, and it’s lies, lies, lies, except for a single show on a single channel. Facebook closes dissident accounts that say anything against the government in minutes. People get hounded for disagreeing with the official line. In short, we all know how it looks.
But the result is quite different. In Russia, the people who disagree with the propaganda and preserve their sanity are all writers, poets, journalists, intellectuals. Not all of them, of course, but if you are to find a dissident, it’s going to be a person in an intellectual profession. Regular people are all completely gone, their brains eaten by propaganda.
And in the US it’s the opposite. You can much more easily find people with intact brains and independent thinking outside of artistic and fancy-schmancy ultra-intellectual circles. I come to work, and the janitor is the only person I can talk to who has fresh, interesting thoughts and zero interest in listing his pronouns. I go on social media, and the only people who aren’t zombies are regular folks, many with no college at all.