A possibly unanswerable question

A lot of recent conservative attempts at theological and philospohical history (I’m thinking here most specifically of Radical Orthodoxy, but other narratives could probably be adduced) seem to ultimately be motivated by trying to find “the big mistake”. That is, by trying to find the moment when the slide in the current civilizational corruption became inevitable. It is traced to various figures, movements, thoughts, etc., but all motivated by the same goal.

I think the motivation is human enough, and perhaps useful: perhaps if the big mistake can be found, it can be reversed.

But what if it doesn’t matter anymore? What if, say, the nominalist philosophical revolution is ultimately the cause of current problems. So what? Does that mean those opposed to the current problems should focus on trying to convince philosophers to be realists? Will that be the most effective way to combat corruption?

I honestly don’t know the answer to this. But I think it needs to be asked.