Another column for your consideration:
With the world's rich economies struggling and the leaders of the European Union intent on making things worse, the gravity of the economic crisis still confronting the West is hard to exaggerate. Nonetheless, it can be done.
According to what I read, we face not just the worst recession since the 1930s, but a challenge to the West's entire economic order. The Great Recession exposes the poverty of orthodox economics. It constitutes an ideological crisis. It shows that capitalism itself is "fundamentally" flawed. If all this were true, I'd be a lot more worried about the coming year than I am -- which is saying something.
A new year's corrective is in order. Reports of the death of capitalism are greatly exaggerated.