What could have caused civilization to devolve to this?
There was neither soap nor detergent. ‘We got used to a thin layer of slime covering the pans and bowls.’ There was no toothpaste or lavatory paper – the sanitary arrangements were grotesque. There was also no music.
You know at this point some sort of leftism is involved.
I will give you one more clue.
It attracted only idealists and disaffected romantics when what was needed were people with practical skills, like plumbers, carpenters and engineers.