I stumbled on Gordon Marino (from up der at St. Olaf ja) writing about Soren Kierkegaard, the grandfather of existentialism -- in the NY Times. Amazing really. Kierkegaard deserves a wider audience, especially these days. In addition to being, arguably, the final word on Christian/Protestant faith, he had a lot to say about the giddiness the follows from finding ourselves with too many choices -- and the failure to act that this causes.
Anxiety makes you dizzy with freedom, but that freedom can make you forget your responsibilities to yourself and to others -- and this explains a lot about the neo-libertarian, anti-government, anti-everything-but-me, New Rightists.
Kierkegaard, Danish Doctor of Dread - NYTimes.com