I've been reading Jonathon Goldberg's book Liberal Fascism during the current economic crisis. The book is an eye-opening look at the "religion of the state" as Goldberg defines fascism. Fascists, progressives, and liberals are all one and the same and dedicated to the idea that the government alone can solve all problems, prevent all harm, absolve all sin.
There is no doubt that the real estate bubble was created by the religion of affirmative action. Government intervention (with a push by Obama) in the markets black-mailed banks into loaning money to people that couldn't pay for it. The solution proposed to solve the "crisis" is more government intervention into the markets.
President Sarkozy of France has declared that laissez-faire capitalism is dead. But, truth be told, the fascists have been in control of the markets for most of the past 100 years and the free markets of Joseph Schumpeter have not been allowed to work.
There is wide spread panic that if the Congress doesn't pass this bail-out package we are headed for the second Great Depression. I believe that we need the creative destruction of the free market to wring out all of the stupidity that has been fostered during the past 15 years by bad government policies.
I was happy that the bail-out package failed but I fear that ultimately, politicians cannot do the right thing. Here's a good description and solution to the problem.
P.S. You don't think we have a religion of the State???? Here's a creepy worship song to the Dear Leader.