Another shaft of light in our growing darkness is the fact that societies can turn around with astounding quickness IF (and only if) they adopt the principles of laissez-faire capitalism.
One of the best examples of this is Germany, which was virtually destroyed from border to border after WWII, and suffered for another decade under Western, Keynesian leadership. Then, a finance minister, Ludwig Erhard, took them in the opposite direction, lowering taxes, cutting spending, and deregulating. Then, as he put it, all he had to do was go play golf while the economy exploded in the growth of the "economic miracle."
So, although America is about to go over the cliff of a dollar collapse, that's not as bad as what Germany suffered after WWII.