I’ve heard this time on earth - our era - referred to as the “age of corruption”. As an anti-corruption and fraud prevention professional, I've mulled this idea over with a bit of skepticism. I see fraudulent behavior as something that has always existed - a conditions inherent in man, if you will. That our era is particularly corrupt seemed unlikely upon first reflection.
Only fifty years ago conspiracy was more limited by proximity - before that, even more so. In the recent past, conspiracy required individuals to be in close physical proximity to one another. Technology, with its online financial activity and flights all over the world, has allowed corrupt behavior between multiple players to grow very large, very fast. Corruption can now devour entire organizations which seem to function as legal enterprises - all while involving players spread across the globe.
I also see evidence that we are, as a global society, transitioning into an age of transparency. Technology has given us a gift, along with the burden of corrupt conspiracy. We have the ability to look closer with greater ease. We have the ability to access records, and cross-check documents - we can ask for, and expect proof. But just as the groups with large power opposed Copernicus’s heliocentric model of the solar system, there is great opposition to accountability measures in enterprise.
Theories that challenge any power mechanisms - legitimate or otherwise - will be met with great force. Because corruption is an illegitimate power, it traditionally works outside the justice system to enforce its influence. Violence has long been a common tool for enforcing illegitimate power; Copernicus kept his heliocentric theory a secret until he was near death, in fear for his life.
Today’s tactics have changed so dramatically that harassment associated with illegitimate power is, in many cases, unrecognizable. There is most certainly a war on something in America, but it’s not against Easter, it’s not on Christmas. The power-war in America is against transparency. It is against knowledge and reason.
Historically, science wins.