(Picture links to a rather boring story, detailing the record low value of the dollar, and record high value of oil.)The price of oil sky-rockets, the value of the dollar continues to fall, the value of gold continues to rise.
These trends signify something scary. Whether or not democracy is the best system of government, or whether free enterprise and capitalism are the best for liberty, the trends in American-run business are decided by consumer dollars. If the country continues to drive and to value the automobile as much as it does, oil companies will continue to raise the price of oil until consumers reach their breaking point.
If you want to be ahead of the curve, do whatever it takes to drive less. Take a bus to the train station and bring a bike for the trip from the train to the bus to work. Just don't give the filthy creeps your money.
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