Friend versus enemy, faithful versus corrupted, good versus evil: choose your favorite dichotomy, it doesn’t matter. Tribalism is compelling. It’s melodrama designed to misdirect public discourse away from scrutinizing the real business of exploitation. Governments, corporations, institutions, vested interests, city halls, these power dynamics use the same method. Democracy itself subordinates to this corrupt pantomime.

Post-modernism has society in a death grip, universities and the media the twin prongs of the vice. Where did this phenomenon come from and why, despite all attempts at push-back, does woke culture, identity groupthink mediocrity and reductive relativism, tighten its suffocating hold on the English-speaking world? This ‘long read’ is an attempt at answering the most slippery question of our 21st Century.