This dated movie from 1984, is based on a SHTF scenario which would return us to medieval time living. Threads - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The movie uses nuclear war as their SHTF basis. But many things presented in the movie that are common to present day concerns, such as peak oil and mass starvation, that don't necessarily depend on nuke wars. I am on other forums where members are pretty sure they will be trading silver or gold coins for things down the road. They feel the USD will become worthless as it is backed by nothing. In reality money is just 'stored energy'. The dollar is and has always been backed with or without gold. It is backed by the American Way of Life. If you got some dollars, you can buy a life here. But people still have to put trust in the money and way of life the money represents. This is why money gets devalued in nations that have or are about to collapse. No trust in their way of life any longer. The problem with the backing of the dollar is that the American Dream is in shambles. And as our life in America crumbles around us...so must the dollar that represents this shattered dream. Hyperinflation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I give it a 5% chance of life decomposing to the SHTF level of having to barter to live. (But I won't argue with 10% either.) What chances do you put on the SHTF barter world scenario?