I am somewhat of a recovering survivalist, starting with the furor of Y2K the idea that ‘something’ could happen had a hold on me. There was the chaos of 9-11 that seemed like it could really spiral out of control instead of just enriching the rich like it usually does. Then there was the big crash of 08, this one was bringing everything down right? Nope.
Next up was dec 21 2012, mayan apocalypse day, nothing again. Now we have all the signs of a catastrophic collapse again in the financial sector – and while it is much more popular to suggest how things are going to blow up and it’ll be mad max in the streets, it is unlikely to happen.
What will happen is painfully predictable in our current state: things get a bit worse, laws become a bit more draconian, some people die and the whole thing keep on chugging forward.
Money being divorced from reality is a major contributor to the ability to keep rolling. They can print out money, and in a giant shell game the bills just get shuffled around. No one can or wants to call out the bluff because the whole thing comes crashing down.
Further, normalcy is a state most people want to live in, if the entire east coast gets wiped out, for the most part in the west here nothing fundamentally changes ‘did you see new york got wiped out?’ ‘yeah’ ‘crazy. so whats new on that project we are working on?’
Race riots, anything along those lines is not like some fire that sweeps through and suddenly everyone is gunning each other down. It will just be more and more localized violence, some tv shows about how racist everyone (whites) are and thats that.
At some point things will wind down and the localized becomes bigger and bigger, as population grows too much, we run out of resources, hyper inflation etc etc.
Imagine a drifting into 3rd world country status for most of us, because that is the more likely reality.