yes. I think the massive increases in torah study is because of aliyat hadorot as we approach the final redemption.
But I have seen it argued that it is enabled by the massive direct and indirect financial support of the gov't of israel and driven by the incentive to avoid the army. Eliminate mandatory army service (or so the argument goes) and the yeshivot will empty out.
Personally, I think torah is being used as a kardom not in the sense of public charity support but more because it is being used as a tool by the OPS for societal engineering: the real reason being disengagement from the larger society and turning inward, creating a society that only look inward. Where torah study is code for separation.
So basically you found a dynamic that they are trying to encourage a certain lifestyle which looks inward and doesn't engage with secular society.
And instead of saying that they want that because that they think that is the appropriate way to serve Hashem, you decide to call it "a kardom for societal engineering".
Singing Hatikva. Speaking Hebrew. Going to the Army. Acknowledging Yom Haatzmaut even as a civil holiday, rather than the accursed 5 Iyar.
Do those all speak to the same thing? And can the opposition to them all be for only one reason?
I'll sing Hatikva, but I like to sing a version of the words I heard in Yad v'shem on a recording from europe that replaced the am chafshi with a better line.
I'll speak hebrew.
I won't go to the army. Not because I want the state to fall; because I think it will be bad for my ruchniyos, and it isn't necessary. (I'm not in yeshiva anyway.) I'd be happy on that score to take over the entire army and have it be run by people like me, and excuse the chilonim from it (a huge number of them avoid it anyway).
I will acknowledge Yom haatzmaut as a civil holiday. Come see how much I celebrate any civic holiday in america.
But can't you imagine that in the context of all these things being given religious significance, that I'd want to separate myself from them to avoid being part of something I really severely disagree with?