Thank you for reading and your comments. I’m sorry to hear about your struggles with Maths. I did well in Maths in school (at the “hand” of my father), but somehow managed to just about not fail Maths in college. Strangely, it wasn’t because of lack of interest: I ended discovering and proving an interesting and long-well-known theorem about Pythagorean triads. In physics graduate school, I started paying attention and doing all the problems, and suddenly started doing well in Applied Maths, even the courses I’d barely passed. But my abilities at Maths stop at some types of elementary applied stuff.
There is the violent right wing, and then the huge base of support they have amongst the populist right wing. I don’t recall any argument from a brahman ever going beyond “We’ve always done it like this and look how well it has worked for two thousand years!”.