I have to succumb to my prejudices here but people who cite Sowell and Quigley are of quite well-known disposition. They are similar to those who read Ayn Rand when they're 14 and think they've figured out the world. Suggesting that communists have power over a U.S. deep state when the same country has tried to overthrow every socialist and communist administration that has popped up anywhere on the earth is a laughable right-wing conspiracy which goes against every facet of reality. "They" are a unified front, "they" have planned this from a gazillion years ago, and "they" do not faulter or make mistakes, and "they" don't change and everything goes as "they" have planned. This childish outlook is at the heart of all conspiratorial thinking. Our world is a world of chaos, not immutable plans and monolithic fronts. When I try to decide something, several voices in my head argue with each other. Now let's imagine 5 people. Extend that to a state apparatus, and then to a global front. That's all I will say here; change can come about gradually and through reading more; much much more; but reading differing opinions, not reinforcing your echo chamber.