Now that conspiracy people and the uneducated are numerous enough to be able to influence politics, we are seeing a shift in how society functions and may do so well into the future. Nowhere is this more evident than in the US where the Republican party is less about public policy than culture war grievance and a cultish devotion to an idiot.The reason this is possible is that extremist groups are now able to mobilize on social media platforms and wield their power over party platforms. The likes of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert may seem like aberrations, but they are actually accurate reflections of the least educated and most fringe elements in the right wing base uniting and then voting strategically. The Democratic party is a disaster and is hamstrung by its obligation to please its corporate donors. Therefore any well meaning members who want to help the disenfranchised are silenced by the big money that actually runs the country.
It's the age old story of kings and serfs which never changes but simply changes its visage.