The four horsemen of the apocalypse - white, red, black, and pale - are interpreted as Christ, War, Famine, and Death. Another perspective may interpret these as moral legitimacy, power politics, mercantile ascendancy, and disruption dynamics.
Human societies enforce cohesion first through the powers of moral proscriptions, traditional customs, shared civility. When the moral fabric frays, the use and abuse of political force and strength of will become necessary to hold and bind the disperate competing human ambitions into a coherent whole.
The obtuse force projection through military and legal institutions inevitably results in mercantile ascendancy that supply limitless credit to the political institutions. Once the political apparatus becomes dependent upon the coin of easy credit, the society becomes enthralled by mercantile gnomes.
It may be that we will witness the rise of disruption dynamics that will ultimately shatter current mercantile phase of societal cycle. Al Qaeda demonstrated that power resides not with those who control finance, but with those who can disrupt the flow of credit. The hacker group "anonymous" has much influence and power, as they can aim their disruption at any institution or sector of our increasingly interconnected and interdependent economy. Mere threat of violence or disruption can result in catastrophic losses for finacial institutions and its nation-state host.
When all of creation becomes ledgerized into blockchain virtual space, electronic disruption by any disgruntled faction will result in dissolution of entire industries, collapse of nation-states, and deletion of entire cultures. Without shared moral principles and cultural norms, man is an isolated unit, obligated and responsible to no one. Without even the financial credit flow to bind men together, we may experience the collapse of the global network, as our ancestors did 3000 years prior. A world built upon virtual currency will inevitably dissolve into the aether, from which it arose.