If you have 5 minutes to spend, spend it wisely listening to this trader tell the truth on BBC .
1. He does not care about the economy, he just wants to make money
2. He has been waiting for a crash (dreaming) for 3 years for the next recession/depression, so that he can make money
3. Governments do not rule the world, Goldman Sachs does (I recall several decades earlier someone mentioning about controlling the money and controlling the people)
Personally I 'agree' with him, the only way to get people out of this mess is to hit ctrl-alt-del and reset the value of assets (cash) to $1 and start again. The way to do this is to ensure that it costs £1mn to buy a loaf of bread (hyper-inflation). Make cash in the banks hoarded worthless. Of course we have to see what happens to physical assets such as gold and also property. But by default if bread costs £1mn then property will be so high no one can buy it, which in effect will force it to drop in price.
So now our property is worth nothing, and the cash we have buys us little, end result we have just been reset. (I wonder what this will do to online services, will they become too costly to run, and will this force the web to close...surely not, how will we tweet?).
On the flip side all of us who have mortgages and loans, well that would get resolved also. If I had £30k debt, and bread cost £1mn then in essence my debt has now also been eradicated.
So no cash, no assets and no debt, ctrl-alt-del at its best (or fdisk :-))
I guess the best bet is to look at what happened in the 30's and see where the money was placed, gold perhaps ?