The speed with which bushfires tore through Australian homes, and Man's inability to cope with Nature when it turns on him, seems reminiscent of the fate of Pompeii.
We now live in a world where law serves no purpose other than coercion, and ersatz states seem on the point of coming crashing down. The Pompeiians had no chance to negotiate with Vesuvuius - perhaps it would be better if we did not try to manage the current financial crisis and let it take its course. What may be being seen is a re-ordering of events, a restoration of some kind of natural equilibrium which always happens in the wake of natural disasters. How we cope with it is up to us.