Wonderful article from Richard Schiff of West Wing fame.
I think that the same can be said of many western nations. There is a fear of change. A fear of the unknown. This is why the idealists always fail, because the media prefers the status quo and the politicians spin their same old bullshit as different.
Look at Blair in 1997... what he sold to the British people wasn't new, it was just the same as what we had before but in nicer, friendlier packaging... and with a cool theme tune. Ditto, Cameron is just re-packaging Tory values so that more people buy into it.
So sad, but so true.