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"Crisis is the flavor of the week for politicians and the news media: opioids, borders, student loans, Venezuelan elections - to name just a few recent ones."

crisis is the flavor of EVERY WEEK for the politicians and the news media, when people stop watching the news, they very quickly realize how little importance it had in their lives. When people can fully have contempt for politicians as anarcho-nihilists have, they quickly stop paying attention to those pedantic "community servants".

As anon also pointed out, we don't need to play that game. What needs to happen is that people, collectively, need to have a less alienated concept of fear and worry. This is where that cheesy quote about "being in the present moment" can be swept under the rug for the time being, each new moment was in the future a millisecond ago.