There's an interesting post up on PickTheBrain.com this morning talking about how the current economic crisis really stems from moral depravity. The gist of the article is:
"Many people give little attention to the means as their ego tells them the ends justify the means. This approach was infamously promoted by Machiavelli in The Prince, which suggested, amongst other things, the shrewd methods an aspiring prince could use to acquire the throne (remind you of any modern day politicians?)."
It's a very quick read, and definitely recommended. It doesn't get all self-righteous and sanctimonious, but simply points out that the current problems stem from greed-motivated actions that were deceptive and illegal in nature. Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but this seems to be the hallmark of the Baby Boomer generation.