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beautifully written, [as is his wont], and actually much more metaphysically intended than i answered it, i think [but i cannot argue those points], so, from a 'literal' perspective, my comment. [as posted, with a small edit or two] -
you have a way, 'nos, for starting several conversations at once, all important and/or having heavy depth; and, written in a way to release the imagination for appropriate consideration of 'all of the above'.
[other than modern technological progress], the first thing that comes to mind... 'reasons why what has happened has happened'...
note - for purposes of brevity and ease of consideration, effects previous to the 70s will not be included in the root 'causes', including; evolution of the human psyche to be habitually, [and necessarily], delusional; the - American Revolution, Second Amendment, lawless settling of the American West, NRA 'quadfecta'; the unfortunate effects of the tendency of various national or ethnic groups to settle in rather closed-off communities upon immigration to America; other items of arguable significance to our development as a nation; i'm sure there are others.
0 - many tend to put the blame on 'shiftless blacks' or 'stupid illegal aliens', which is ridiculous. it is proven that 'given anywhere near equal opportunity' both those groups in fair competition become productive and valuable members of society. actually, when considering the general success of both, as opposed to the social and economic restrictions our hidden, [and vociferously denied], bigotries place on them, they've proven amazingly resilient.
in our psyches, both 'these groups', should not be considered as 'groups', [hence the zero], but simply as people. that is a 'whole nother conversation' about ongoing otherness.
1 - in reaction to the free love hippie days, [when that 60s song was written and performed], an uptight religious/conservative mindset became exaggerated in millions of evangelical and/or older psyches.
2 - Reagan arose in popularity as the Gov of California, an ideologically driven man, ripe for manipulation by the rich and powerful, whom he easily associated with.
3 - through the 70s, alliances were formed, including the budding and growing religious right, who were given false promises, which made them easy to control, this tactic being still very much in use.
4 - in the 80s, Reagan was elected, unions were decimated, corporate controls were lifted, and more, all steering obscene wealth and power to those already holding too much of both.
the result - what i would call 'the Randian dream', a libertarian slanted capitalistic market state, where the 'proletariat' are there to be controlled and used. all this for 'the good of the nation', in competition against the contrived lie of 'socialist globalism'. [yes, there is an odd oxymoronic quality to this paragraph. it is what it is.]
and, i think you would agree with this, 'nos; corporate aims no longer include 'free and honest competition for the satisfied consumer's dollar'. au contraire - it's all about whatever can be done, [borderline legal or not], [no moral/ethical considerations], to boost stock prices. screw the nation, especially anyone lacking the power or sophistication to take fair part in the anti-civilizational game of 'survival of the fittest'. they've set our forward evolution into a backward slide, with cynical Cheney-esque self-delusion, solidly bordering on sociopathology... but i digress.