No I'm not surprised. It goes with the territory in civilizations that have no underlaying philosophical understanding but just operate on the base of whims of the under-informed or who are manipulated by the well-informed manipulators to be their minions.
At the risk of debate;The basic tenents of modern application of capitalism is just colonialism and exploitation. The masses having no real viable philosophy and a poor education focuses on 'getting a job' turn to a system controlled by the elites whose objective is not to 'serve everyone' but just to serve themselves! They claim Capitalism as their motto but frankly Capitalism
is not a true philoshopy. Alone it is not enough to have a balanced society.
The combination of Democracy Capitalism
also is not enough since By itself Democracy is simply not a philosophy either.
One must have some kind of underlying 'values' and 'morals' to guide or at least 'good sense' to apply these political theories practically to have a balanced civilization.
In the case of the U.S.the Founding Fathers of the United States
main underlying moral values and guidance came from the general principles of Christianity. I can only offer additionally that also a great deal of practical use of intelligence and common sense got us a long way.
But now in the modern era the mass of people in fact do not adhere to the principles of that philosophy so thus everything just becomes a washed-out 'matter of opinion' and wants of the undisciplined masses..
Thus the historical rise of marxism, facism, and a host of other combinations.
That leaves us back to having no true philosophy, just political sentiments.
It would be helpful if the people in general would at least educate themselves before they blindly vote for something and sign up to The Road to Serfdom
George Orwell responded with both praise and criticism, stating, "in the negative part of Professor Hayek's thesis there is a great deal of truth. It cannot be said too often – at any rate, it is not being said nearly often enough – that collectivism is not inherently democratic, but, on the contrary, gives to a tyrannical minority such powers as the Spanish Inquisitors never dreamt of." Yet he also warned, "A return to 'free' competition means for the great mass of people a tyranny probably worse, because more irresponsible, than that of the state.
Anyway, I actually don't have any political agenda here I was just venting my frustration in the whole matter.
--edited since it was a rant anyway the flowers work.. lol!