If you want to know how the current political condition got to be the way it is, Google the Powell Memo.
In the late 1960s, the U.S. was getting quite anti-business, pro-environment and much more progressive. The directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce asked its staff attorney – the soon-to-be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell – to draw up a plan to counteract this breakout of democracy.
Billions of dollars have been spent since the early 1970s to implement Powell’s recommendations without anything like a competing outline from the progressive side. No conspiracy here. It has just been the wealthy and the big corporations massively investing in their self-interest to create foundations, publications, mass media, professorships, schools (including universities), training conferences, booking agencies and nonprofit organizations to spread the pro-business/conservative message.
In addition, large investments were made in political organizations, lobbying firms and writers to create a wealth of persuasive information/propaganda that is the heart of the “public relations” process.
And it has worked. Their take on what corporate dictatorships should be able to do is almost conventional wisdom now.