A few days ago, you asked: Wherein lays the truth?
I believe that the crux of the matter lies in one of the quotations you offer:
“… we are in a generational struggle to defend the principles of the free market against people who want to undermine it or strip it away.”
This choice of words reveals a perception clouded by ideology.
Whether one includes oneself in the ‘we’ of the above quote will effectively determine one’s stance on various issues such as global warming, climate change, austerity, free market fundamentalism, corporate corruption, wealth inequality, population, immigration, peak oil, belief in the viability of infinite growth on a finite planet — and possibly the existence of the Loch Ness monster, too.
You previously said ‘Vested interests, perhaps‘. Personally, I would strike the ‘perhaps’.
Mr. Truth is a shifty character whose principal skills are subterfuge, disguise and, most of all, misdirection.
Special thanks for the pointer to The Toll-Booth Economy, in which George Monbiot cogently argues that corporations are the enemy within. His words underscore the reason I no longer wear a red poppy on this day. I believe that to do so would be an insult to the memories of those who laid down their lives for democratic freedoms we clearly no longer respect — because if we did respect them, we might do more about their erosion.