It is true that the US is extremely rightwing in economic matters, but its philosophy in this area does not differ much from most Third World Countries, most of whom actually follow some pretty rightwing economic policies. In many parts of the Third World, governments do little or nothing to help their people, governments are essentially the limited governments that Libertarians and US rightwingers love so much, public spending is limited to minimal outside of security forces, and the state is for all intents and purposes a dictatorship of the rich, whatever the formal democratic nature of the state is. Rule by the rich is enforced by police, army, other security forces, or death squads and other hired thugs. This is such an essential feature of rightwing rule worldwide that one wonders when the US will adopt such thuggish suppression of the Left. Some countries are simply so poor that they just don’t have the money to help their people whether they want to or not. These countries are often burdened by oppressive amounts of outside debt. A rightwing commenter from Russia recently suggested that the fact that this country was so conservative was the reason it was so rich. He was making the standard conservative = prosperity, socialism = poverty equations that the Right loves to toss around. Let’s see if there’s anything to it. Theories must be tested.