P! has an insightful post comparing our current economic predicament to alcoholism. The following excerpt is from the final paragraphs of the article:
The really good news is that this long-predicted death rattle of post-capitalism can give the opportunity for self-examination and real change that we squandered in the aftermath of 911, when Dubbleduh told us to "go shopping" and "defeat the enemy" and "defend our way of life".We must learn that shopping and "stuff" is not the solution, we have been our own worst enemies, and our way of life is no longer defensible. We must find each other. We must live within our means, in today, not in either the false dazzle or the black doom of tomorrow.