George Monbiot brilliantly points out how the current politically dominant faction resembles the historical Puritans, with a mix of business and religious values. What's scary is that he believes the new Puritanism amounts to a sustainable ideology (maybe the only possible one).
So why has this ideology resurfaced in 2004? Because it has to. The enrichment of the elite and impoverishment of the lower classes requires a justifying ideology if it is to be sustained. In the United States this ideology has to be a religious one. Bush’s government is forced back to the doctrines of Puritanism as an historical necessity. If we are to understand what it’s up to, we must look not to the 1930s, but to the 1630s.
Here we are, looking left and right for sustainable energy sources, and all we get from our leadership are sustainable ideology sources.
Hmmm ... How many calories of energy does a burning witch generate?
And what color is that A on Bush's chest?