My understanding of the Socratic political view is the “playground metaphor.” That is, we are like kids on a playground run by bullies. For Blum, the U.S. is a bully on the world’s playground. It wants to be in the position of being able to take everyone’s lunch money.
Marx ‘s idea is that life for the kids is terrible. They are constantly being extorted by the bully. His idea is that in order for the kids to have a better life they have to work together against the bully. It’s only by ganging up on the bully that the kids can be free of their oppression.
The right wing idea is that everyone wants to be rich, to accomplish their goals, and to be in the position to formulate and pursue their own goals. They believe that concerted action organized by “Marxists” has to be a threat to these “freedoms. Hence, right wingers fight against any concerted action by the kids because it threatens everyone’s freedom to acquire.
U.S. leadership relies on right wing ideology to defends its activities from Marxist criticisms. But, it will also use the conflict between the right and the left to divide and weaken its critics. The elites are thereby in a position to take from the rest of the world, and from it’s domestic population, without having any effective opposition.