One argument against gold is that you can't eat it, but the people making those arguments sounds like they're just saying it to make any point they find against gold. But since it comes from people just entering the fray it is interesting to note they don't understand the value of gold as a currency. Yes there can be an economical meltdown to the severity that only those who know how to live off the land and grow their own food can survive. But then once things settle down and people don't have to think about their next meal then all that free time will lead to forming a community through bartering of goods and services to acquire more wealth. And if that community thrives then bartering will become cumbersome and will lead to the same set of conditions that lead to the invention of currency. What would people use as currency? If they don't understand the value of gold as one then someone would come up with the idea of specially printed paper by a central bank because it's easy to do and depending on how much of the past they forget they might even call it the Federal Reserve.