To me the real underlying problem in our nation doesn't have anything to do with ethics, free markets or government intervention. I believe the real problem is the polarization of two political and belief classes. Those classes being the same that they were back in the days of Hamilton and Jefferson. One thinking in terms of anarchy prevention, and one in terms of preventing tyranny by large government. We can all agree that anarchy should be prevented, and yet we can all agree that a tyrannical government has to be prevented from forming. It seems to me then that what keeps either from happening isn't one side or the other, its the conflict between those sides. Constantly keeping one another in check. However we've become so caught up on which side is best, or right that we lose sight of that. As a result we have huge swings in extremes. We have trillion dollar unregulated markets causing a nationwide economic meltdown, after that we have governmental bailouts of companies and capitalism in jeopardy. We have no government here, huge government there and on and on. We have politicians who, even now, can't see the dangers on an unregulated free market and we have ones who think they should be able to mandate how much paid vacation an employee receives in a private company. Instead of enjoying the benefits of the middle ground, with both sides in check, the complete lack of respect for the opposite view point has engendered extremism on both sides and leaves America reeling from the whiplash. With no respect for the question that keeps our country in the middle and both sides simply trying to impose their will, it leaves us to bear all the drawbacks of both sides, but few of the benefits. Just a thought.