The study of antisemitism, imperialism and authoritarianism is the study of despair. It is the study of the human condition stripped of hope and of purpose.
It is not only the market economy that has embraced the values of alienation; it is also the entire political/economic super-structure that doesn't know what it feels like to live in a society that can imagine fulfillment, satiation, peace.
It's hard to know where to fit in. The modern day artist knows this solitude but he doesn't know what to do about it; nor does the cleric know very much about where salvation lies.
People try to deal with the problem but they just don't have many answers, not really.