Of course. They could waste precious days of my life having me cower in the corner like a deluded and paranoid coward doing all of the work for them thinking up the next vast and diabolical conspiracy theory for them as they waste my money. Nice try, but I am not buying what they are selling.
A system only works if people fear it and let it control their lives. People can believe whatever goofiness they want; if they decide to grow a pair of ovaries and not give anyone a dime or second more of their time, the threat ceases to exist.
I am sure future generations will read about this Dark Ages and laugh at the collective stupidity just as we laugh at those old movies telling kids to hide under their desks during an atomic attack.
Forget drugs and sex: people are addicted to the Bogey Man: how else will they justify their miserable failures in life?