Have you ever noticed that some authors fall in love with a word and it pops up in several of their books? When the author is good enough, we gladly overlook this tiny quirk.
The supply chain
The supply chain is exsanguinating.
The shelves at some of the local big-boxes are getting a little thin.
One of the best documented cases of hyperinflation occurred in Germany's Weimar Republic in the early 1920s. The economic hardships very directly led to Hitler coming into power ten years later.
Suppose you believed there was a greater than 5% chance the United States could tip into the hyperinflation whirlpool. What would you be purchasing now?
Sturdy clothing? Footwear?
How about saddle soap and neatsfoot oil? How about tubes of grease?
Most of us have tons of "stuff". Most of us are lacking in the consumables it takes to maintain that "stuff" for-the-duration.
I was able to have a frank discussion with Belladonna about hyperinflation and about what assets and professions did relatively well during the Weimar Republic spin-down. Nobody escaped unscathed but some assets totally puked while others held up fairly well.
For example, in most places I don't expect the speed-boats and bass-boats with the 90 hp outboards to retain value should hyperinflation bite. They require too many inputs and have too little output. A 14' jon-boat with a 9.9hp two-stroke...might be fine.
199", flat-screen TVs? Not so much. Little, handheld, stand-alone video games...maybe OK.
I think she was old enough to hear me.