Really liked your article and I agree.
I'd like to just give an opinion on this part:
"or that their reality is being shaped by irrational forces beyond their knowledge & control?"
I'd say that reality is being shaped by *rational* forces […].
And being those rational forces other humans with TONS of capital, sooner or later someone is bound to find out who are the ones pulling the strings. Maybe someone already knows, but I still don't.