Yes, the vast majority are being manipulated. Govts manipulate, the media, the education system, even our parents and friends - all are manipulators. Most of the manipulators are manipulated themselves. They believe the big lie - that without govt there will be chaos. They play on our fear. Most fall for the lie that govt can provide safety.
In truth, it's govt that creates the chaos. It's govt that makes us unsafe.
Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you. Fortune Cookie