" I think it so it must be true" is how it goes....america suffers from mass mental illness, the affliction is not being able to seperate fantasy from reality, or worse thinking that there is no reality only our own individual realities....AKA fantasies.
It's a century since Veblen said--
"The current situation in America is by way of being something of a psychiatrical clinic." (1922).
I think it is in the short essay Dementia Praecox which I assume can be read online.
The problem to me is the runaway success of the madness and all the wonderful conveniences it has produced, remoting the woe which the Church is never allowed to do, and which Thorstein could not even have imagined. The woe being seen as the necessary price for the conveniences.
Like this "America" he speaks of having the ability to **** on anybody, anywhere, any time, come rain or come shine but hamstrung by what is called "world opinion" which America itself has been influential in creating. Which is runaway success imo as one who thinks on Darwinian and Spenglerian time scales.
I don't expect to be understood by those who pay homage to Tyche : the goddess of the Moment.
You will enjoy the last few pages of the essay hawk.