I've made a PDF from assembled pages from an online publication, about how to beat inflation. It has an interesting overview of the history of how the gold standard gradually disappeared from different countries during the 20th century, and tips for some of the best bets on how to avoid loosing your nest egg if your currency collapses as they have been known to.
The present economy is based on debt, insane though that may sound. And the money is based on nothing except the word of the banks and the governments. And they can make more money when they want. The ones who stand to lose are ordinary people who have made savings, trusting that the safest thing in the world is "money in the bank". Hah, it's even an expression meaning "safe"!