conspiracy theorists annoy me so much . "the government is trying to control us using masks" the government or ruling class IS controlling us through cultural hegemony, they use repressive (police, armed forces, courts) and ideological (schools, churches, institutions) state apparatuses to repress us and disseminate ideologies that aren't in favour of them. they also use the mass media as a tool to subconsciously form our desires/aspirations/beliefs and news outlets alter reality to push whatever narrative suits them. "the government criminalised drugs to keep our third eye closed!" the government criminalised drugs to jail minorities. nixon literally admitted to this. they do mental gymnastics when you can just LOOK AROUND YOU to see all the horrible stuff the government does.