I read a book many years ago called One Market Under God where Thomas Frank talks about ""market populism"—the widely held belief that markets are a more democratic form of organization than democratically elected governments."
I am reminded of that in a few threads of late (below), as well as the book Audience of One, in which James Poniewozik describes the Trump presidency as " almost inevitable. Of course he won. This is the United States we’re talking about. The same way Boris Johnson tapped into Britain’s inner erudite buffoon, so Trump tapped into our inner core, which all too often turns out to have comprised midnight cheeseburgers and hormonal TV childhoods...[in which] Trump is TV, the mere simulacrum of a human being projected onto a flat-screen. He grew up with the dawn of television and a TV-watching mother ... Trump “achieved symbiosis with the medium. Its impulses were his impulses; its appetites were his appetites; its mentality was his mentality.”
And I know there was a thread in which someone asked about what is the deal with cable news or news being biased or having an agenda or something like that, and I said the reason was capitalism.
I guess I don't have a fully fleshed-out conclusion here yet, but it's definitely something...