Unfortunately, it is a LOT less labor intensive for the government to open and read emails than to open and read snail mail.
So the government does it because it can.
And the politicians are afraid to do anything about it because if email privacy is restored, and an attack is organized by email, the politicians don't want to be responsible.
What's happening is the usual progressive nonsense, conducted by slogan-chanting 'student' ignoramuses who know nothing of the sordid history of their own intolerant and undemocratic movement, aided and abetted in many cases by the high-IQ useful idiots who serve as their instructors on these campuses.
Oh, I tell you, plain and semple, worship at the proggy temple
Always renders an exempel of the groupthink I deplore.
Few things ever have been sorrier than the proggy social warrior
Who imagines he’s the courier of the Vanguard’s stock and store,
Of the Vanguard’s stuff and nonsense, made so proles won’t know the score;
Only this, and nothing more.
Yes, I use it on Windows 7.
Well, one branch of capitalism, the medical-industrial complex, has every incentive to keep people alive with expensive drugs and treatments.
And GB Shaw was a Fabian socialist, not a capitalist.
And yes, I think it's mostly cultural. I admire what those splendid Native Americans in your story did no end.