There has been a lot of discussion about how Oil/Dollars are driving all sorts of behaviors. Reminded me of this clip of the noted economist Milton Friedman, some years ago on the Phil Donahue show. He sums it up very well:
It's always been about money and power, in every society. Socialist societies tend to devolve faster and crash harder than any other, even though they are supposed to be about the collective good. We should all be grateful - we live in an age when we are more empowered to drive our destiny than any other time in history.