Re: I believe we need a great depression The world used to be divided into the capitalist free market economy and the communist planned economy. I suspect the Chinese have the best of both these worlds nowadays. I don't worry about them too much, I just worry about us in Australia, and how it will impact if they buy our resource companies. We are not going to lose our infrastructure whatever happens - we'll have education, law, housing, transport, health services, benefits, and safety nets for people in trouble. Our democracy will ensure any government that threatens these things will be voted out. I would like to see people working fewer hours, perhaps 20 to 25 a week, and spending the rest of the time growing their own produce, DIY, bringing up their kids themselves, cooking their own meals, making their own wine/beer, trading and bartering with each other, and using the internet to learn more about what interests them. I'd like to see fewer cars and much more public transport and bike tracks. These were impossible, daft ramblings before the threatened depression - but under these new circumstances, in these uncharted waters, who knows?????