It was Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and logician, who, although he himself became a confirmed socialist, pointed out that Bolshevism under Vladimir Lenin had become, in effect, a religion. (See ”The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism”.) The religious fervor of their adherents can blind them to the deeply flawed nature of their underlying philosophical presuppositions and operating principles. Russell could see that Bolshevism, in practice, was a very bad deal.
In all seriousness, I do not, for one minute, believe that we live in a "Matrix" like the premise in the movie "The Matrix". Nevertheless, the controlled virtual reality of the Matrix does remind me of the world painted by the mass media on a daily basis, and so lamely accepted by so many of our citizenry. So, isn't it curious that the movie plot features a choice between taking a "red pill" that will open one to perceiving reality as it is vs. a "blue pill" that will simply return one to the make-believe reality of the Matrix?
The politics of the last 8 years has, to a large extent, reflected a kind of desperation combined with ideological hubris. The desperation is a natural product of improvident economic policies (resulting in the credit crunch of 2007/2008) and improvident diplomatic/military policies (resulting in destabilizing several areas of the world). The ideological hubris is largely a cultural artifact of desperate times and intellectual and moral drift.