US Debt Clock
World Population Clock
Last I read there is currently enough gold and silver in the world, that if mined completely and distrusted equally would be about .9 oz of gold per person and about 4.1 oz of silver person.
This is will only be less and less each year. A point I'm making there is that there is not much practical case for a return to the precious metals standard for currency. After finishing an economics class last year, and looking at the 1.4 trillion dollars of student loans in this country alone, and a rising national debt, I would wonder what kind of patchwork the government will continue to make to support this system. Interesting that the federal reserve has still not done much with interest rates. The Brexit story has created uncertainty in global markets and not sure if anyone was following but precious metal prices soared that day and have stayed relatively high.
Capitalism is a peculiar system. I'm not sure the immediate absence of it would bring all of humanity to a higher path, as it still seems to serve a purpose. Staring at these clocks or statistics long enough makes one wonder how long these short-term fixes can be sustained. Raising minimum wages for fast-wood workers to $15 an hour and that sort of thing are ridiculous suggestions to fix the income shortage problems. If all fast-food workers had $15 an hour tomorrow, then the inflation would be out of control. Everything would just become more expensive.
There are so many social issues going on right now, that in these last days of the Obama administration, I doubt there is a majority of popular thought considering these fundamental financial issues. Most of the time it seems like we are desensitized to the idea of a national debt being so high, for better or for worse. Money isn't everything, but in a system based on money, and a government that demands revenue from it's citizens based on tax collection and other avenues, the national debt stands as a symbol of hypocrisy.