In polls many people massively criticize this system of market-conforming democracy and then vote for it with large majorities. This “cognitive dissonance” is the result of an unparalleled reeducation of society that increasingly identifies with the values and norms that inflict great damage to them. The values and norms are success and efficiency and the ways there are competition and self-management.
The economy changed from real- to finance-capitaliusm since the 1970s. This was not an accidental development. The economic researcher Stephan Schulmeister sees a pattern where deregulation regularly created problems that were fought with more deregulation.