Americans still have a problem saying the word “capitalism” even though it’s literally killing them. That’s not strange — it’s predictable. Nobody says the name of the gods or the demons. Nobody calls out the boogeyman. Just doing so raises the spectre of panic and terror and fear that our bruised, battered psyches are working so hard to defend us against, just so that we can pretend we function at something resembling a normal level. What we can’t say reveals more than what we do.
Umair Haque on bogeymen.
I mean, I think Americans have a problem with ascribing capitalism as being at fault for anything—they tend to be great at throwing the word around when the connotation is positive—but the point still stands.