look up the fairness doctrine. it was abolished under the Reagan administration and it was ever since that point that Republicans in this country became increasingly cult-like. obviously being a neoliberal is retarded to any of us in retrospect, but it's something that could still be reasoned in the context of a person's ideology an social environment. American conservatives are a whole different breed entirely. the denial of shit like covid and climate change and how Fox news uses linguistics in order to market inane policies. I'm still in disbelief that something as short-sited as the Reagan administration was able to happen in this country and half the country is part of this state-funded suicide cult that denies reality outright. as far as I've seen Reaganism still eludes any proper Marxist analysis of objective class-interests or false consciousness. it's profoundly contingently anti-humanitarian.