one of the framings that need to be fought is that everyone who is smarter than you is a nasty elitist
Straw man. Faux news allows you to be smarter as long as you’re on His side. That’s how all their crooks get into the tent. Worshiping the smart not on His side is not the remedy to this corruption.
Nope, you have to at least pretend to be no brighter than the proverbial bag of hair. Look at O’Reilly. It is hard to believe anyone who spouts his crap has enough brains to figure out which end of the microphone to address, but he obviously manages that feat.
So far no one has figured out a way to thwart [psychopaths].
The neocon dilemma: the source of evil is the source of progress. Another neocon sanctimony: one must do evil to defeat evil. It seems obvious that a way to thwart psychopaths is to not adopt their belief system.
Not obvious to me that they have a coherent belief system beyond. “Mine! Mine! Mine!”.
[...] the core idea of a free market and free competition clearly does work until it is subverted by the mechanisms Marx explained
Is that from the Skull and Bones pocket guide to Marx?
Yep. Marx is far to tedious to read directly Everything I learned about him is from “The Compleat Moron’s Guide to Karl Marx”.
Reagan and his devotees managed to push through the agenda of deregulation, things started to go downhill again
That’s the partisan line. However, the pushback began before Reagan, and Carter had to play some of their tune. The capitalist counter-attack really got rolling with Reagan, but Reagan was not the cause, he was a symptom.
I suspect that [la lucha] will never be won by just railing against capitalism.
It certainly won’t be while it’s praises are being sung.
the struggle will only really get going once the Teabagger idiots realize that their material interests are diametrically opposed to the ideology they espouse.
You realize the Teabaggers are heavily populated by upper-middle class white males who short the market and profit from the great American collapse, no? It’s part of the con, my friend.
The capitalist cynics are having idealists for dinner.
Of course it is a con, but so far, it is working and most of the ideological support outside the infamous 1% for the current level of corruption lies with the idiots who say things like “I have a chance to become a billionaire so I’m not going to push for more taxes on the rich because I know that if I wish hard enough I can become a billionaire too.” The teabaggers are certainly being led around by the proverbial nose by the paid representatives of the 1% but the majority of them seem to be like that pathetic Joe the Plumber character… at least that’s who they trot out to make the noises at things like Beck’s famous million moron march.
Anyway, just railing against capitalism as you seem to be doing here is not helpful. It begs the question of how you propose to change the situation and what kind of system of economic activity do you propose to replace it. The slightly more obvious kleptocracies which the former communist states have evolved into don’t really provide a very promising example to look to. Sweden, Iceland and Norway probably have the best balance of capitalism within a welfare state, but they can be dragged into the global morass fairly easily. Iceland is already teetering. It is no accident that these countries are the least religion infested places in the world.
Religion is now as it has always been, providing a mass of ignoramuses who can be conned into taking their collective eyes off the ball while the kleptocrats rob us all blind. As long as you’re looking at this life as just the waiting room for a better life on the astral plane, you don’t have much incentive to really figure out how to improve this one. It also provides justification for racism. Most of your “middle class white males” in the Teabaggers movement are willing to go along with anything to get rid of the horror of a not quite white enough president even while they are being fired and driven into the underclass to join the huge fraction of the non-white community which is already there.