Delusion – fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact.
Every society creates delusions, myths and stories, that explain where it came from and how it works. These are so engrained in the culture that they form a central base for how members interpret their relationship to the environment and to family, neighbors, and society at large. These delusions are taught to us by our parents, extended families, schools, religions, government, and corporations. Mass media reinforce them continuously. The rich and corporations understand this quite well and seek to exploit our need to understand our place in society and how that society works. They support and, as required create, delusions that shield or justify their activities and the gains from those activities.
This series, Delusions of American Life, seeks to describe important delusions, contrast them with the facts surrounding them and explore how these delusions fit into a pattern that sustains the organization of our society in its present form.
Free-market capitalism (neoliberalism) is at the center of our delusions
The free-market (neoliberal) ideology has dominated every aspect of American life for the past 40 years and more. It is a truly global ideology that is supported by global corporate and financial interests, implemented by many governments, some at the direction of local government and in many other cases driven by World Bank and other financial institutions’ policies.The mass media and education system reinforce free-market thinking in a comprehensive manner. Our culture is interpenetrated by the underlying concepts and rhetoric.
Therefore we start with this topic and recommend it to you. Understanding what the claims of free-market capitalism are and developing a critical point of view will arm you for many of the other topics.
Included are discussions of the following topics (many forthcoming):
- Free Market (Neoliberal) Ideology
- US Economy – structure and results
- American Empire
- The Family
- Justice and the Judicial System – Incarcerated America and the War on Drugs
- Political System – big money – big dysfunction
- Security State