It’s not an invasion from another world. Nor is it unique to America. The fall of the U.S. Dollar from grace is more like a plunge into terminal torment, since we are already living in a realm of hell. Viewing your own place in the firmament often loses sight of the unadorned reality all around us. As long as your belly is satisfied and your bank clears your withdrawals, the imbalance in the natural order is ignored. Distortions in economic equilibrium are the foremost function in managed models of monetary manipulation. The myth of a free market is evident to anyone who can still reconcile a checking account.