Jack asked some very good questions above.
Why is Ayn Rand and 'Free' Trade still touted as rational when the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of man has taken place in the last decade?
Why are Robber Barons called Leaders of Industry?
I think these are interesting questions. As I have said before, the main import of much current politics seems to me that the rich get to make a lot more money, and the rest are left to struggle. This can be backed up by statistical information, it is not just hyperbole. I do seriously wonder if all of the hype about 'freedom' is actually a way of conditioning the populace to accepting this state of affairs as somehow normal.