Published as subscriber-only content on 5 Oct 2015
It can happen in the blink of an eye. You can wake up one morning, and everything is different. Everything you thought was right is wrong. Complacency is replaced by genuine fear, not just a neurotic phobic malaise gripping your conscious state. This is when it happens. If you still consider yourself in the Western ‘middle class’, this is when you will see a mass awakening and acceptance your world is changing too – that this is not just happening to some unfortunates in the far off periphery. Stock markets of the world are in turmoil. Exchanges and banks are closed indefinitely until further notice. Bond markets seize up. Gold is up $500. Previously confident talking heads appear remorseful. You can sense the panic in their voices.