When YOU--who understands so much about economics and the political duopoly show--push a "blame citizens" narrative, I find it distressing.
Reading "The Devil's Chessboard," which exposes just how powerful Allen and Foster Dulles were, one learns that it was their job--along with J. Edgar Hoover and Joseph McCarthy to WEED OUT any "New Dealers" from any prominent govt. position.
Power worked behind the scenes to do a lot of things. One was to begin the evisceration of the New Deal, another was to set a permanent spy state into the DNA of this nation, and another, to equate anyone who dared to speak up about Labor Rights (or against militarism as an ongoing aspect of U.S. policy AFTER W.W. II)--with the Communist Menace.
Citizens can be swayed. The majority of persons in ANY society can be influenced and that is why teachers, a mass media alleging to express the views of experts, and religious authorities hold CLOUT.
The fact that this clout is so abused in order to nurture the worst of values (added to full-scale distortions in basic understanding) in citizens is much more indicative of malfeasance on the part of those using the Black Arts of Deception, then it is an indictment of the naïve-minded citizens who fall for the bamboozles.