In my world (modern day Earth, but at a higher technology level with national AI systems being commonplace across the world, cybernetics limbs being an option, and autonomous weapon systems being rolled out by various PMCs and armies), an economic crisis known as the Great Collapse occurs in 2018, where the global economy falls apart due to various factors.
The Great Collapse's causes are varied, but include, among others- a growing gap between the rich and the poor across the world, a deregulatory stance taken by the administration of US President McKnight in financial and banking policy (among others), various debt crises in the US that coincided with one another (among those being student debt, standard medical debt, and cybernetics medical debt), and a climate-induced crisis known as the Silent Spring, where throughout 2017-to-2019, various plagues that would not exist in standard temperatures ruined farms across the world- from corn and soy blights to more infectious, resistant forms of anthrax that hit cows and pigs, destroying a large portion of the harvests and killings between that time period.
All of this combined resulted in a very bad recession called the Great Collapse, where many companies went bankrupt and many people became unemployed and soon homeless.
Because of this, around the world the poor got poorer while the rich were mostly secure in their position. Crime skyrockets, food insecurity does so as well, and across the globe many citizens revolt against their governments for allowing things to get this bad.
I was wondering what I can do to make the Great Collapse worse, in terms of events and actions taken by financial institutions and political figures?
As a side note- the various recessions of the past IRL have happened here as well- the Great Depression, the Great Recession, up to 2018.