A couple of weeks ago I posted a trio of entries centering around the preservation versus destruction of evidence. It promised more to come. One thing that must come with it will be a consideration of the degrees to which human beliefs correspond to evidence. Not none, but not what we pretend.
like how religious still believe that God is supposed to HELP them, despite all the stories of the Bible; like how Americans believe that their government is "theirs," and is "good" ... despite all the news, and is there to HELP!
A polity is a body of faithful, and the faithful are rountinely immune to evidence. Christians watch the torture of some heretic: and BELIEVE they are seeing an act of faith! Democracies watch governments, education, journalism ... stage-managed, and believe it's for the good of the public!