Bloomberg sees the Gothic economy in 2013, and it looks like your flesh:
Bodies Double as Cash Machines With U.S. Income Lagging
...In all but two quarters since the beginning of 2011, “hair,” “eggs,” or “kidney” have been among the top four autofill results for the Google search query, “I want to sell my...,”
While the sale of kidneys is limited to the black market, the organ could fetch $15,200 if legal monetary incentives for donations were introduced...
After raising the Gothic, the article then walks back the fear somewhat:
“If you’ve been unemployed for years, if you’re on food stamps and you’ve had trouble getting by, I can totally see you being very economically desperate,” Colas said. “I don’t think a lot of people sell their kidneys. I do think a lot of people in desperation do that search to say, ‘If worse comes to worst what could I do?’”
At the very least America's collective imagination sees this awful economy in Gothic terms. And might use that to our personal advantage.
(via the essential Naked Capitalism)