The free ride is over. Civilization has to put up or shut up.
Social process has "cusps". A cusp is when status quo patterns must either be transcended (in order to survive and keep growing) or surrendered to (which is called beating a dead horse). Surrendering to status quo patterns is the Heart of Darkness of fascism. In this sense institutionalized religion is the very paradigm of fascism.
Notice our obsession with fossil fuels. And please notice that (fossil fuels) = (the status quo). God forbid we turn to alternative energy technologies, such as wind, solar energy, and a multitude of others. All of these alternatives are already totally cost effective, but (1.) they aren't owned by Texas energy corporations, and (2.) they are profoundly new and different forms of energy. It's that "new and different" business that terrifies the fascist mind set.
It's critical to see that what's now happening on the planet isn't just greed; it's also a "psychological/spiritual" block (to say it in an odd way). It's terror of change and abject worship of the status quo. Look at the last 2 Catholic Popes (religious fascists to the max). And look at the supreme importance of oil. But why this obsession with the dirtiest form of energy on the planet and an energy source which in five years or less is going to be extinct? Our preemptive invasion of Iraq was and is all about oil. The "Bush Oil War's" are how history is going to remember these obscene Bush/Republican years and everyone on the planet knows it.
The point is, the issue isn't "alternative energy". The issue is an "alternative reality". The paradigm of Dictatorships of the Rich (i.e., basically every country on the planet) with one party systems (in our case the Democratic/Republican Party), is blatant social suicide. In short, WE ARE STUCK.
This social/political/financial/religious structure called the human condition is at a life and death cusp. Our only hope is to find the well organized and financed sanity, conscience, and intelligence to quantum jump into a radically different mind set. It's time for an altered state (and the Internet may just get us there!).
Bottom line, very rich people have GOT TO GO. However we do it, THEY HAVE TO GO. And this includes the Gore's and Kennedy's every bit as much as the Bush's, Murdoch's, and Paris Hilton's. We are talking about a tiny, tiny international country club of astronomically rich people (many of whom are multi billionaires) who are killing America and the entire planet. This isn't hyperbole. This is objective fact. No civilization every survived with health and longevity that wasn't MOSTLY democratic. Call this socialism if you wish. Call it common senseism. Call it a humanity-grounded social structure, but it does NOT include the Paris Hilton's and this tiny pantheon of defective, socially/biologically inbred Greek Gods like elites.
The have and have not cusp is the ultimate cusp, but we must remember this cusp is chiefly a spiritual/psychological cusp. Human beings who are not terrified of cultural/scientific change never kill their neighbors in the name of god (lower case). Only hard core civilization-terrorists do that. Only people who have their heads so far up the you know what of "holy books" (gag!), succumb to infinitely self righteous genocide and 21st century "Crusades". Even barnyard animals see through the toilet of mutual hypocrisies called the Middle East.