Unlike Kevin, I don’t think we’re headed for a thunderdome future.
People forget that we are not our government. The government meddles in things to a ruinous extent these day, but while we can get along just fine without it, it needs us desperately.
I think a more likely scenario for the US is something more like the collapse of the Soviet Union than Mad Max.
Money is not wealth. Goods, knowledge and skills are wealth. When the US Government goes bankrupt, and it will, the buildings, houses, cars, ships, airplanes and various items we surround ourselves with will still be here. The people and all their knowledge and skills will still be here.
Fortunately the bloated, busybody government won’t be.