“if activism is not just a trendy thing for you to be involved with so you can convince yourself that you’re not complacent in injustices”
As the Spartans would say… “IF.”
The solution is to remove the people who are enmeshed in status games and virtue signalling as their primary activity, and to make truth a priority.
Remove truth, and you have removed the primary defense of the disadvantaged. When everything’s subjective… money isn’t, and so it shouts everything else down in the end. The great divide of our time isn’t Left/Right, it’s Truth/Narrative. Prioritize The Narrative, and you have enthroned money. That simple.
As for the status games and virtue signalling, it sounds harsh to remove such people. But unless you do, they take over and your real mission will be lost. If your mission isn’t too important to allow that to happen… you may be one of the status seekers.