Honestly, the last couple of months have been fairly optimistic. Not in terms of the direction of the country or society (haha!), but in terms of the state not being able to project the kind of power that could send us to hell in a hand-basket overnight.
On Covid, the state has been wholly unable to enforce anything. Even California has been officially reopening. Locked away in your bedroom, you might read doom and gloom articles on the news or frantic social media posts from the terminally online, but outside your window, no one gives a shit about Covid. Your local Walmart is undoubtedly overflowing with people. I see fewer people wearing masks, even in the neoliberal hellhole of CA. The beaches are packed, people are returning to their offices. Easter marks the first holiday where the government's stance on it hasn't been "whatever your plans, cancel them." For all of the conspiracies of Covid sending us into permanent lockdowns, life is pretty normal once you step away from the internet - where one side cries hysterically about 'trust the science, wear the mask!' and the other side is forecasting the End of Times.
The vaccines are looking to be at worst, a money grab, but the time frame for them to have become some apocalyptic vehicle for genocide is fastly closing. The sheer number of people that would have to be in on that conspiracy is just unfathomable anyway. Aside from the standard severe reactions in a minority of the population, hundreds of millions of people have not dropped dead. And while we may not fully understand the long term effects for a decade, the historical time frame for these issues to emerge is within the first eight weeks. Whatever 'vaccine passport' might come about is going to be a total sham. The door greeter at Walmart can't even check receipts properly, they're not going to chase you through the store to verify your vaccination status before letting you purchase bananas.
Whatever leftish takeover of Congress we might have seen has vanished. The darling children of the left, AOC and Sanders, have caved to neoliberalism and are now tripping over themselves to praise Biden's administration and look past its faults. While Sanders was always a spineless coward, AOC is undeniably an opportunistic grifter. It is politics as always. The retarded MAGA right continues undaunted, however. I remember reading Biden's infrastructure plan the other day; the usual affair of accomplishing little except to make the rich richer. Yet when I checked Breitbart, it was announced under the headline, "Socialism Comes To America." Hilarious.
The future of the country is grim. The Pentagon is itching for a war with China because it predicts that by 2035, it would not be winnable (and China needs a unifying force before the CCP comes undone). Corporatism continues to wreak material havoc on the direction of society, while our government looks for new and profitable ways to bring the War On Terror home. I encourage everyone to leave for greener pastures. But if you do nothing else, get off the fucking internet. You're looking at a culture war fought by people that haven't seen the sun in over a year, and are surrounded only by their piss bottles. Half of the normie internet is dominated by people whose only concern in life is their gender; how they define it and how others may define it. The world outside your front door would be decidedly alien to anyone living off news articles and screenshots of social media posts.
If I might recommend a book on our present time, particularly to you, Anon, it is The City of God, by Augustine of Hippo. Rome had just been sacked by the Visigoths, the Empire was collapsing economically and politically. While the Republic was founded on masculine ideals of duty, honor, and competition, the Roman Empire had been marked by hedonism, consumption, and greed. As the Empire collapsed, people flocked to the bishop for insight on how to handle it, and what to believe in. The bishop, known today as Saint Augustine, wrote The City of God in answer. In it, Augustine lays out the fruitless search for happiness those that immerse themselves in the moral decline and earthly possessions of the City of Man will find, in contrast to the acceptance and peace of the City of God. We are lucky to have been born at a time when we can see our future in our past. As always, nothing new under the sun.