A theory:

Americans instinctively trust capitalism the way British instinctively trust the aristocracy.

"It might not be a perfect system, in fact it's terrible, it makes absolutely no sense, it's a weird legacy of the past, it makes everything worse, but it's OUR system, darnit, and no smelly foreigner is taking it away from us"

"And when you see a [dodgy real estate guy in a flash car] [toff hunting foxes on a horse], well, by gosh, it just makes you feel *proud* for your country."


@natecull capitalism and private enterprise.

Had a number of conversations with USAians about power and surveillance, and while they immediately grasped why government surveillance was capital-B Bad, they would almost never agree that surveillance by a huge corporate entity could be as bad.

"Power corrupts but not if you're in the private sector" I guess?

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