Presumably you are only talking about the US?
Originally Posted by bighead384
Capitalism has become this sacred thing in the US. I'm not sure when it started but I'd assume it reached its height during the Cold War, particularly during the McCarthy era. Communists were the enemy, clear and simple, which meant that if you questioned capitalism you were not a good American. You were a sympathizer of the enemy, possibly even a full-blown traitor. Some degree of this remains in your national psyche today. A politician could never get elected if he/she expressed a lack of faith in the basic principles of capitalism, any more than an open atheist could get elected. Other public leftists with no intention of running for office, pundits perhaps, are also likely to avoid criticizing the basic principles of capitalism for fear of looking too extreme and marginalizing themselves.
Sadly, the US has a real problem with "Joe the Plumber" types. People who actually suffer at the hands of capitalism but somehow buy into the right-wing bullshit. They're manipulated by the 1% into actually thinking that it's right for basically all the wealth to be in their hands alone. They're manipulated into thinking anyone can break out of the 99% any time they want to if they just work hard. So you end up with a nation where the actual workers actively vote against their own interests and won't listen to the "liberal elite" who are trying to help them because Fox News told them that's for Muslim faggot Jews.
Hell, we've even got our own Joe the Plumber right here on the message board for a (arguably) punk band! He's so obviously a Joe the Plumber it's almost painful to watch.
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