The market is smarter than you, but unfortunately the market is downstream of religion. The local system of values determines - get this - what the residents value, which is the most important determinant of market prices.
Prices = supply cross demand. Demand = religion. Prices = supply cross religion. It's kind of important.
You could say it's called the invisible hand due to its spiritual nature.
Basically the Pope controls the market. It's important to know who your Pope is at all times, and therefore Americans not only don't know, but deny that they even have a Pope. Two layers of anti-security and anti-ownership.
After all, the Pope told them he doesn't exist. And the Pope controls the religion, as per the name.
If you know who your Pope is and what they're telling you to value, you can see if a particular price is low because supply is high, or because the Pope is making a mistake and telling folk to fail to demand things that are good for them. You can audit the system of values for consistency.
An Enlightenment principle is that nobody can guarantee that a consistent system of values is good. However, they say this to distract you from the fact we can indeed guarantee an inconsistent system of values is bad. More precisely, the more inconsistent a system is, the worse it is; scalar, not binary. Irrelevantly, I will also mention that the larger a system is, the harder it is to get it fully consistent, and so in fact consistency is a measure of goodness; there is only one value system that's wholly consistent, and it must be a good one by process of elimination.
It's important to outright reject the American Pope. You don't need to know who they are to know they're illegitimate. If you live in the GAE, you need to set a trigger. This habit: whenever you hear an idea, or even get reminded of an idea, ask yourself whether this is from the American Pope or not. Is it something he would say? If so, then discard it.
Thus you need logic. Some of these ideas are load-bearing, and if you discard them, you need a replacement. If you're addicted to heroin, it's not bad luck or whatever. The heroin is providing for some need; not only that, it's so important it outranks degeneration and stealing and stuff. You can't just quit heroin, you need some replacement serving that need. In the case of degenerate Popery, you need to construct your own, which means applying logic.
It's fine to put off discarding an idea if you get a backlog. However, only stop working through the backlog if you intend to be a victim instead of a living, vital organism.
There is some cognitive overhead. Generally it's important to keep track of what the folk around you are thinking. If you think differently - which you must if you intend to be healthy instead of laughably weak - this means you must keep track of two sets of ideas. Your own, and what you're supposed to be thinking.
The main problem is the market is smarter than you even if you're the Pope, but the market is subservient to the Pope. It's an inherently revolutionary situation. The high is low, and the low is high.
However, I believe there is a solution. Would the Pope hide if they had nothing to hide? Would they choose obscurity if they had other forms of security? I think they would not.
Principle: a religion is illegitimate if it has no explicit Pope. Irresponsibility is a fatal accusation. The term "cowardice" is a) kind of meaningless to moderns and b) frequently misused by (of course) cowards. Nevertheless, this is the exact situation which gave cowards their horrible reputation. The modern Pope is a coward who hides from being associated with his own accomplishments.
P.S. This is why plutocracy always comes after timeocracy. Taking responsibility requires courage; courage is a pre-requisite for wisdom. If you lose courage you automatically lose wisdom in the bargain.
The solution is market competition for Popes. Expose them. Create a market of markets.
Each Pope will have their own religion, which means their own market. However, having made the Popes responsible for the markets they own, the results of the market will be attributed to the Pope. They will no longer be able to blame their sins on anyone but themselves.
Potential converts, given an open comparison between the options, will choose the correct Pope for them.
If that Pope is self-destructive, the trash will take itself out. The idea is to mind your own business; creating a market of markets makes other religions not your business. Let Gnon sort 'em out.