Market and media have come together to create a new political order, a new economic order. The dash for dimes from the mass of the slightly below average pays off on a world scale so technology driven systems drive to determine the nature of desire at every level in order to pinpoint deliver of products. The products can be nearly worthless because the Walmart margin is acceptable. The market is innundated with cheap plastic fabrications and value is buried in the sheer quantity of stuff. Hard to provide products are dropped in favor of easier quicker product schemes.
The worst economic decisions are made by the worst leaders because the selection is based on the mindless desires of the uninformed and uneducated, the disaffected and the churlish. All the current disastrous programs crash willy-nilly on the landscape because it is easier to set in motion and reap short term profit than to actually get stuff done.
Pat Trifunov invented the new socialism of the churlish, a sort of billy Bob and bubba socialism that can be labeled capitalism if fancied. Capitalist drivers fuel it but the product is socialism and not a true thing. Rather than the welfare state its aim is a state of gratification.