There probably have always been people selling their line of self-interested BS. Often part of the act was that they were the cool people. so you should follow what they say. In the modern day, the real pioneers in this were the Feminists. They managed to convince women, and much of society, of many things. Still, people noticed that what they said did not quite match reality. Often, they couldn’t put a finger on it, but they knew that there were falsehoods there.
Naturally enough, the media pitched these Feminist as authorities. Ones that you should listen to. Because that is what you do with respect to authorities. However there was the problem that, once again, stuff didn’t make sense. So perhaps a segment of the people became distrustful of authorities. But, all in all, the tactic worked, with it spreading to other domains. Just claim to be authorities, then spout off your spiel. Maybe there was some truth in there, and maybe not; but you were the authority.
There was enough of population that fell for it. Lots of them were/are women. Just tell the herd what to think, and get on with it. Circling back to Feminism, this was why the Feminist BS worked so well. Thus, it became the template for everybody else selling BS.
Recently, Dr. Fauci here in the US was complaining about how people don’t believe authorities. In his particular case, he has been caught lying, though the mainstream media won’t call him on it. Short answer– he lives in an isolated environment where everybody believes everybody else’s lies. Thank goodness not everybody lives in that environment.
Exit Question — What was Feminism’s biggest lie?