Maybe, too, our critical faculties have been dimmed by the habit, endemic in the early 2000s, of magical thinking. The biggest self-help best seller of the last year tells you how you can have anything you want, simply by willing it .... Girls are forsaking feminism for a princess fantasy that culminates in weddings lavish enough to bankrupt a young couple before they can take out a car loan. Karl Rove derided the press for its membership in the "reality-based community," and the fastest-growing brand of religion is of the magical "name it and claim it" variety, in which the deity exists only to meet one's immediate, self-identified needs. It would be shortsighted to whine about rising debts and falling incomes, when, with a little spiritual effort, the miraculous could happen to you.
~Barbara Ehrenreich, from This Land is Their Land