The Great Depression transformed ordinary consumers into resourceful hunters and gatherers who learned how to salvage, recycle, and re-use clothes, food, building materials and other things that in a more prosperous era would have been shunned or discarded as trash. Shame and embarrassment fell away as this new mindset spread. Now I'm wondering whether we will see a similar societywide psychological transformation during the New Depression, or whatever we're going to call a crisis that currently finds over 17 percent of Americans unemployed. As money grows surrealistically scarce, will our values change? And will scavengers -- thrift-shoppers, Dumpster divers, Freecyclers, and barterers -- become role models admired by millions?