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Blame the sheep
Even if you believe there are groups sufficiently powerful to purposely induce collective hysteria (it’s actually mathematically impossible), those that fell into it are themselves culpable for having done so.
~ The evidence was available if they had looked.
~ Had they supported civil liberties, they would not have supported the draconian interventions.
~ Had they had any grasp of their own human tendency to groupthink, they might have extricated themselves.
And politicians and anyone else with positions of power are more culpable than the rest.
As an aside, I’m happy to say that, despite censorship from all the angles, my Science Moment channel at YouTube just reached 4000 subscribers. I never intended to get up close and personal on issues in and around politics, but what a dearth of leaders within academia we discovered come March of 2020!
Don’t forget to get a copy of our decade-in-the-making book, Expressly Human. My ability to promote it is getting harder each day, what with yet another one week ban at Twitter.