The problem with these recessions are the fact that the U.S. government decided to inflate our problem away. The country believed that it could spend its way out of any economic slump by printing money with quantitative easing programs and throwing it into the economy, hence, the cause of our inflation. As we speak, many nations such as the BRICS Nations are looking for alternatives to the dollar. They wish to get out of dollar contracts because they believe that the dollars that they are receiving are being devalued at a fast pace, and do not foresee US stopping its monetary expansion anytime soon. In fact, countries such as China are spending their dollars into real assets such as gold, silver and other commodities.
Eventually, the United States will be faced with another recession, one even greater than the one in 2008. However, this recession will be the end game as our government leaders will be faced with two options. Inflate the problems away at much greater rate than currently or default on its debt obligations. Personally, I see our government taking the first option, and if they do our country will suffer long term consequences as the economy in the short term will stabilize for some time, however, this action will come at the expense of the dollar. As we inflate away our problems the stability of the dollar will come under heavy fire. US citizens along with foreign citizens will no longer have faith in the dollar system or much worst in the US credit system.
Citizens and business will want hard assets such as gold and other commodities in exchange for their goods, some may even take foreign currencies, but many foreign currencies will also be hit hard, though, not as hard as the US dollar. Being the world's reserve currency, there are tens of trillions of dollars that are in circulation around world. When people across the world decide to sell their dollars back to the US, a huge wave of inflation will occur and the value of the dollar will plummet. At this point, in comes hyperinflation where the US dollar is now virtually worthless.
So how does this tie in with our nation becoming a nation of gold farmers? Simple, assuming one could still manage to find a way to pay for his or her internet service, being a gold farmer could be a lucrative online business. After the dust has settled, some nations will manage to emerge from the crisis quicker than others and those countries will have a strong supporting currency or money system in place. A stronger foreign currency will allow US gold farmers to capitalize on their weak currency by exchanging virtual goods for a stronger currency. Theoretically, swapping out a weaker currency for a much stronger one would easily provide a better standard of living for an american citizen. In fact, this is how it currently works in many Asian countries such as China.