Renee posted this helpful cartoon of the credit crisis yesterday which, along with the show by NPR's This American Life entitled "Another Frightening Show About the Economy", should explain why appetite and the worship of mammon, libertarian dislocation reality from idea and the era of the manager as hero caused it all:Randian principles of absolute liberty blended with an amorality and blind self-interest resulting in a vacuous and corrupt marketplace - the free market freed of all rules. This is better covered by "Another Frightening Show About the Economy". Theories and practices which allow for massive rational gaps. How many people along the way were told "you couldn't understand"? Note that Rush Limbaugh gets none of it at all but somehow still is hailed as a wizard. Eating candy makes you feel good for a little while, too. This should all repel actual conservatives, people of civic values, prudence and long-term vision. But they missed it. They too a have been fleeced of both their agenda and principles by the faction that got everything in this mess.