Read the link to understand why I have said this so many times. I'm way ahead of the kinds of guys who write these editorials.
You don't understand modern people living in the West until you understand they are completely, utterly out of touch with reality. Any appeal to their reasoning or their ability to sort fiction from fact is going to fail.
This is why only dictators and tyrants have any opportunity to gain popular support in declining societies. The societies are in decline because the individuals who live in it are each themselves in decline and will only turn to fiat emperors to solve their own internal disorder. This of course is itself doomed to failure. Nobody can come in from the outside and fix what is wrong with your insides, anymore than they can part the Red Sea or change wine into water.
When the individual as an atomic unit begins to fail, there is no law and no hegemon who can repair that problem. The society follows suit. This is why human societies last an average of 200 years or thereabouts. Around the midway mark a century in, the calibre of the average individual begins to wane.
The kinds of people who stay in power during the decline are always the same. They know how to play the peasants off one against the other, keeping them so busy mired in internal fighting they cannot unite against the State.