The drug analogy is an apt one! It's not about reality, it's about the drug-induced fever dream, and like any normal people watching an addict, we can see the delusions in the real world and watch the self- and other-destructive behavior: the lies, the deceit, the theft and other criminal behavior.
And chunk, I love you, man, but you keep missing the point. It's not about stifling ingenuity, it's about making it work in the real world. Is Elizabeth Warren a "progressive" in your one-size-fits-all construct?