When we first met Mad Max it was 1979. Prices rose by 11.2% that year, led by gasoline which was up almost 37%. Despite mortgage rates at 11.2%, home prices were accelerating nearly 15%. Casey Research’s Jeff Clark points out that the economy was slowing but employment increased as “labor looked cheap since prices were growing faster than wages. Also, unemployment is a lagging indicator—and it sharply worsened later, when another recession hit in 1980.”

The financial system was on the verge of a meltdown with hundreds of banks to vanish in the 1980’s. Stagflation was about to become something people would experience and understand, even if Keynesian economists didn’t. Max would return for two sequels in the gloomy early 80’s and make Mel Gibson an international movie star.

“The Mad Max stories are set a post apocalyptic near future,” writes James Berardinelli. “The backstory is sketchy, but apparently the Cold War ended in a nuclear exchange with the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. blasting each other out of existence.” Without government, “Law, order, and most of civilization is gone. There’s not a lot the police can do to protect the innocent against the human pack animals, and most individuals are not prepared to protect themselves.”

Decades have past but a gloomy zombie-loving public has received the newest Max with open wallets. Mad Max: Fury Road grossed over $70 million in its first eight days.  The original grossed but $8.75 million in the U.S. ($28.5 million in today’s dollars if you believe the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s online CPI Inflation calculator).

Tom Hardy is now Max Rockatansky who first breaks free from being an imprisoned blood donor (he’s 0 neg, says so right on his back), and then from being a hood ornament as Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) chases Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) across a barren wasteland. Furiosa detours from her intended destination Gastown to smuggle five pregnant damsels in distress (one played by Lenny Kravitz’s daughter and another by Elvis’s granddaughter) to a “Green Place.”   Max lends a helping hand.

Hollywood is gushing about Theron’s Furiosa, who steals the show with her steely gaze and ruthless attitude.

Since there’s no government to take care of the little people, the bad guy, the aforementioned Immortan Joe, keeps all the water and gasoline for himself, leaving the masses to thirst in squalor with no sunscreen or, by the looks of it, proper dental care. Those who help keep him power are promised life after death. “I live. I die. I live again!”

The Mad Max franchise is based, according to James McCausland, who co-wrote the first screenplay with George Miller, “on the thesis that people would do almost anything to keep vehicles moving and the assumption that nations would not consider the huge costs of providing infrastructure for alternative energy until it was too late.”

So Fury Road continues the parade of wacky custom vehicles that hurtle across the desert as if there’s a Chevron station behind every mountain. Furiosa jockeys her tanker truck with her one good human arm while her other is the terminator variety. When she bogs down in the mud, the wenching of the rig to solid ground, using a solitary tree, looks like scene from “Ice Road Truckers.”

Immortan Joe’s war rig is fronted by a speaker-loaded something or other, with a blinded electric guitarist playing notes and shooting fire in the front and four drummers in the back. It makes for the best musical chase since the copters blared “Ride of the Valkyries” in “Apocalypse Now.”

According to the government things are way better now than 1979. The inflation rate in April was negative 0.2%. A 30-year mortgage can be had for less than a 4% interest rate and the unemployment rate is 5.4%, except if you add the people who’ve given up then it’s substantially higher. Oil and gasoline prices have fallen and because of technology there seems to be plenty of it.

But Fury Road might be right around the corner according to Ron Paul. In a video for Stansberry Research, Paul was asked if he’s predicting social unrest when the dollar crashes. “Definitely,” he replied.  “I think we’ll see problems in the big cities, especially… In fact we’re already seeing the beginnings of that. Ferguson… The riots in New York… Detroit…”

It all sounds scary. Americans might be eating two-headed lizards and begging for water. Thank goodness there’s a way to profit. “Porter Stansberry is one of the few people in America who’s been as outspoken as me in recent years, explaining how our government is creating a currency crisis of epic proportions,” according to Paul.

Mr. Stansberry isn’t keeping these secrets to himself. He’s written a book, America 2020- The Survival Blueprint. Mr. Paul says, “This book is a must read. I don’t know of anyone who has spent as much time and money as Porter Stansberry, figuring out how to protect yourself and prosper in the years to come.”

When the chips are down people look to heroes, whether it’s Max Rockatansky, Porter Stansberry, or Ron Paul. But is this really what anarchy would look like? R. Brownell over at The Libertarian Republic thinks so. In describing the movie he writes, “This post-apocalyptic reality devised by franchise creator and director George Miller, shows the fallacy of anarchism with a flair of theatrics in a way which makes members of the audience truly ask themselves whether or not they could survive on their own if faced with the challenges and danger Max and his cohorts are forced to encounter.”

It seems even some libertarians forget that all the world’s problems are caused by government. What is good in the world happens despite it.

Without the tethers of government wouldn’t entrepreneurs run riot, not despotic people? Oceans would be desalinized lickity split and we’d have more gas than we know what to do with. Anarchy wouldn’t be a life of desperation but of prosperity and triumph. We wouldn’t be eating lizards and bugs. Women wouldn’t be just breeding machines. Money would be sound, goods and services plentiful, crime miniscule.

It’s not another hero we need, it’s anarchy.  But let’s face it, a movie depicting a world without government’s violence would be a boring one.