Not wanting bad news may be part of it, as you note, but changing social belief systems and norms that seem to be working is the real issue I see in getting people living within this system to recognize the need to act to move outside their daily routines, which are deeply embedded in the system, now a globalized system.
Ren, thanks for clarifying what I have long been very aware of — but never understood that it was social conditioning that brought most people to stay and work within a system where they have no power and are required to give up their sense of importance and allow other human beings, whom they had no part in choosing, to have authority over them. I just always thought that it was the result some sort of fear that was passed on from one generation to the next, but which people in my own family of creative artists and medical doctors seemed to lack.
"Now a globalized system." That's disconcerting.
If the Federalist Society members were all patriotic lawyers, the U.S. Constitution would be "compliant" to creating a strong Constitutional Republic, as it was meant to do. There was a reason why Ben Franklin coming out of the Constitutional Convention answered a lady who asked him "What kind of government did you give us?" by saying "A Constitutional Republic, madame, if you have the wits to keep it."
Instead the Fedralist Society has been a "wonderful" place where conservative & libertarian lawyers have been getting together for over 25 years to "discuss ALL sides"— and to decide that the US should turn into an oligarchical plutocratical corporatocracy, that should be driving full speed ahead towards Fascism. So very NOT the plan of the "Founding Fathers" !