Society's Five Stages of Economic Collapse

Wait a bit…there is a logical disconnect here.

Stages 2 and 3:   "Precious metal – gold and silver coins".  But it never explains how those can be deployed – and by stage 4, they are no longer mentioned at all.  FIREARMS AND FOOD have become important.  The secret is that they CANNOT BE USED IN AN AGRARIAN/BARTER SOCIETY.
Everyone who squanders the ability to acquire firearms and food and buys precious metal instead will be stuck at stage 3 and will never survive to stage 4. 

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