There is just too much fear of things that don't exist and not enough fear of genuine honest-to-goodness authoritarianism. The more power accrues to governments to make everyone's decisions, the more the mistakes are going to hurt. Eventually, one is going to be so bad it does a lot of damage. Given the failure of the response to the GFC and attempts to maintain liberties through the coronavirus crisis, I really don't see this fight ending well. Technology has enabled authoritarian policies too effectively.
I wish. Unfortunately, humans have insufficient time and energy to be able to be completely evidence based, so at best, humans have to evaluate based on heuristics and Bayesian statistics. And at that, I cannot help but feel we are quite lacking.