Let's face it, money is not the root of all evil. Money is merely a tool for the greedy. They've got a whole kit of them. Power, religion, politics, ad nauseam. Living in a culture in decline is trying. I choose to be optimistic. That means that I'm forced to look well beyond my time here.
Unfortunately, you can't just choose to live outside the system. You will notice upon reflection that the greedy will appropriate the "outside" once a profit potential exists. There's big money in art, sports, music, film. The beautiful geography of the quiet beaches becomes the "real estate" opportunity for the wealthy. Clearly, they see water as the next oil.
Martin Shkreli and Antonin Scalia will battle it out for Time's Man Of The Year. Meanwhile, Barack Obama will make it into the history books as an unsuccessful, ineffective president, much as Jimmy Carter has.
Mothers, don't let your kids grow up to be politicians. Or pharmaceutical reps. Or, for that matter, art dealers, preachers, soldiers, stock brokers...
Change will come. Love will win. Nobody said it was gonna be easy.