That's my nutshell desription of the current global crisis of capitalism: people must die so our fictions may live.
Screwflation, "austerity," bailouts -- they are all about protecting the integrity of balance sheets that reflect accumulated "wealth" that does not exist in the real world and which depends entirely on perpetual exponential economic growth in a finite world. Unfortunately, this fictitious wealth is real to those who claim to own it, and they refuse to lose any of it. So, people in the real world must die so the wealthiest 0.5% of the world's population don't lose any points off their score.
Because that is what "wealth" becomes when you have so much of it that you can't possibly spend it all: nothing more than a score in a video game.