Bizarrely enough, the Taiping Rebellion always makes me think of the Batman TV opponent (not exactly a villain) King Tut. Your society has to be extremely messed up if, when some random person walks down the street saying "Lo, I am your God King, here to inaugurate a new era!", numerous people say "sounds good to me, let's bow down & worship, or build obelisks & pyramids in Central Park, or whatever he says to do."
A Mormon friend interprets the Parable of the Ten Virgins as applying to Christians who support Trump : their lamps of faith have run out. People whose beliefs are dead, but who continue to embrace the forms of belief, are uniquely hungry for something to believe in. Authoritarianism of various strips has shown itself to be exceedingly effective at appealing to that hunger.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko