Since I seem to be the one coining the phrase, I might as well define what a smokescreen is: It’s a topic that holds little importance but invokes an emotional response in the realm of politics and thereby serves as

There is a growing mistrust of the very institutions we’ve put in place to help guide society; Intelligence agencies, academic centers, our media and journalists, and of course our governments (though it’s debatable if governments or politicians were ever truly “trusted”).

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