The fact is, there has never been a time in my life, Ayn Rand's life or any other person's life when the vast majority on this planet were not suffering from abject poverty and a lack of resources. So you can just imagine Ayn Rand back in the 1950s, sitting in her comfy Manhattan apartment smoking her cigarillos and extolling the virtues of the world's robber barons while at that exact same moment the nameless, faceless majority of people on the planet were suffering egregiously. And how about today, with CEO pay a mere 142x that of the average employee, what a sad day it would be for Ayn Rand to see such a measly multiple ! Where are the William Randoph Hearst's and the John D. Rockefeller's to look up to?
That's where things get really exciting. Even more fun than a stock market collapse or a Greek bank going tits up.
More to the point, what moral fortitude do we have as a society? This society is the most decadent and immoral in the history of the planet. We like to delude ourselves that the Ancient Romans were the height of moral decadence, but as always, our warped view of Roman history is largely a product of Hollywood. The undeniable fact remains that the Roman supply chain was not nearly sophisticated enough to enable the sort of mass consumption that is commonplace today. And no Roman child was stuffed with the denatured pseudo-food that comprises 95% of what is sold in today's supermarket. More than any other factor, junk food is driving the decline of society. How can a strong and vibrant society abide when people can't think clearly and can't move because their bodies are clogged with toxic waste - draining energy levels and making even the smallest task a major effort?
Meanwhile, one of the dominant philosophies during Roman times was Stoicism which is the antithesis of hedonism. Yet nine out of ten people today don't even know what the term stoicism means, much less putting it into practice. We have devolved into a society with absolutely zero class or ability to withstand hardship.
Therefore, under the duress of a financial collapse, we should fully expect the thin veneer of society to melt like a snowball on a hot summer's day, revealing the rotted, corrupt, vacuous core within. Once the Lost Boys of the Idiocracy are unleashed into the wild, things are going to get really interesting.
Get your milk plus my Brothers, because it looks like we are in for a bit of the Ultra Violent...