Sure. Politicians gain power from a crisis. What is the ultimate crisis? War. The second best crisis is economic. Look at how Washington gained a lot of power in the 1930s. So, it my contention that there are two options in play here: the war on terror (or in Iraq) and so on, which may eventually be used to justify a decrease in civil liberties, and a meltdown in the value of the dollar. This last allows government to enact strict price controls (Richard Nixon did it). The government can then inflate with impunity.
"REPORT FROM IRON MOUNTAIN ON THE POSSIBILITY AND DESIRABILITY OF PEACE
WITH INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL BY LEONARD C. LEWIN
"A BOOK THAT SHOOK THE WHITE HOUSE."
--US. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Report from Iron Mountain unveils a hitherto top-secret report of a government commission that was requested to explore the consequences of lasting peace on American society. The shocking results of the study, as revealed in this report, led the government to conceal the existence of the commission--they had found that, among other things, peace may never be possible; that even if it were, it would probably be un-desirable, that "defending the national interest" is not the real purpose of war; that war is necessary; that war deaths should be planned and budgeted. REPORT FROM IRON MOUNTAIN tells the story of how the project was formed, how it operated, What happened to it. It includes the complete verbatim text of the commission's hitherto classified report."