I heard an interesting listener call to TSP a few days ago. It was a question on the possible aftermath of the economic collapse. One scenario has us reverting back to the vision that our founders had for the country. The other one was more frightening, and to me, more plausible. In the vacuum of a collapse, a charismatic leader could rally the citizens to follow a totally different path. A true socialist/communist/fascist society could be developed. Isn't this pretty much what happened in pre WW2 Germany? History shows Hitler as an evil man, but his oratory skills were amazing. Which scenario do you see more likely to happen? Frightening, isn't it?