Flakier people get, the better she's gonna look.
Sure, as long as the machines are workin' and you can dial 911, but you take those thing away, you throw people in the dark, you scare the shit out of them, no more rules, you'll see how primitive they get.
You scare people badly enough, you can get 'em to do anything. They'll turn to whoever promises a solution, or whatever.
As a species, we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?