But what Sarah Palin was saying is what is built into the very DNA of capitalism: the idea that the world has no limits.
She was saying that there is no such thing as consequences, or real-world deficits. Because there will always be another frontier, another Alaska, another bubble. Just move on and discover it. Tomorrow will never come.
This is the most comforting and dangerous lie that there is: the lie that perpetual, unending growth is possible on our finite planet. And we have to remember that this message was incredibly popular in those first two weeks, before Lehman collapsed.
Thoughts on our pillage of the incredible, by Naomi Klein.