I am not an educated man, but I know what inflation is... This is how I see it going down. The government continues to print money, and spend money we don't have. A very big chunk of he population continues to spend money they don't have, and they continue to expect the government to take care of them if things go bad. These people are voters. Inflation gets out of control, and or the world economy gets in trouble, at least enough to start hurting people. So, a whole crapload of people start freaking out "GOVERNMENT HELP US!!! We elected you to take care of us in bad times. WE WANT TO GO BACK TO HAVING LOTS OF STUFF AND HAVING IT EASY." And of course some of them set their own neighborhoods on fire during "protests". The government responds with " Look, we can fix this. But in order to do it, we are going to need a lot more control of .......well, everything. You are going to have to give up a lot of your freedom so that we can take care of everybody." And the "people" respond with " Ok,sure whatever. I can't pay my bills with freedom. Take all of that stuff. Just give me back my TV and my cigarettes, and give me a little spending money." So the govt through whatever means (I don't know) moves things around a bit. And the population is sorted out into the haves and the have nots. CEOs, military suppliers, media outlest and such are part of the govt more or less so they do fine. The lower class people are manipulated into more manageable groups. The middle class pretty much goes away. And the govt now is in the drivers seat. A lot like the Soviet Union during the cold war era. What do you think? Am I close?