I should refute some of the posts Megan McArdle is churning out in her attempt to confuse the public, but eh, why bother. McArdle is tossing all her libertarian beliefs and philosophy down the toilet and flushing it away to support conservative who are attempting to stem the consequences of their actions until after Obama takes office. She is plainly abandoning her "principles" whenever necessary. Conservatives are, after all, her source of income. How she achieves this noble goal is irrelevant, although it is very instructive to analyze the methods used.
The world is changing and we must change with it.It's going to be a smaller, poorer world, and most of us are going to be totally unwilling and perhaps even unable to tolerate the forced change. We will have to learn to find the good in this change. It will be there, if we are strong enough to look for it. We will need humility to ask each other for help, patience to learn new skills and deal with fear, and empathy to bring us together instead of drive us apart. In the chaos will be an opportunity to wrestle control back from the military-industrial complex, but we will lose the struggle without even knowing it took place if we continue to listen to the cowards and quislings who got us into this mess.