I disagree Jeremy. It is the money behind the beliefs that makes things happen. Everyone has beliefs but only those with money have influence (beyond sheer numbers)
Everything is based on economics. Does anyone really believe that anyone would give a damn about "rich kid" issues, (no matter how nice they are) like animal rights, gay marriage or better health options if they were in poverty?...In the 3rd world these are ridiculous and self-indulgent. So yes money and the persoanl security it ensures are what drive beliefs...
It is the beliefs behind the money that makes the money effective.