When Society Breaks Down…

How many times have you heard someone say, “This could be the year”? You know, when society breaks down.

Predictions of judgment and the end of the world as we know it haven’t happened–yet. But even if you only pay scant attention to the news, you’re probably wondering how many things which began within the past 12-24 months could come to a head this year.

I’ve heard at least one commentator say things will break down slowly, not with a bang. But because a massive collapse didn’t happen last year–or so far this year–does that mean nothing will happen? What can we truly expect? What really happens when society breaks down?

Observers of events in the so-called “Arab spring” in 2011 and other unrest have noted the following occurrences when society breaks down.

  • People look for whatever weapons they can find, wherever they can find them.
  • Nobody is safe. Women and children will be in greatest danger.
  • Vigilante groups will form as people seek to protect themselves.
  • Criminals will have no fear of the law.
  • Respect for personal property will disappear and looting will become commonplace.
  • Mobs will start doing stupid things that make no sense.
  • An authoritarian government will begin hoarding food.
  • Food shortages happen quickly as regular commerce is disrupted or halted.
  • A governmental power void will be created.
  • Opportunistic influences from among global elitists will strive for involvement or control.
No doubt we’ll also see more blatant lies from the media. Getting the truth about what’s happening will be more difficult than it is now. Once the wheels come off the bus, so to speak, events could unfold rapidly. How prepared are you for surviving upheaval?

When you consider how bad things have gotten already, you can’t help but wonder what the tipping point will be. Have you paid attention to what’s going on in our largest cities?

A collapse could affect all of us. Or it could only impact certain areas of the country. It’s hard to pin it down. But decline and a certain level of chaos aren’t abnormal.

To explore what you might do during a collapse, get Cody Lundin’s When All Hell Breaks Loose.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “When Society Breaks Down…”

  1. Could it be that a collapse of society will produce heroes? There have been people who emerge in crises who may never have been heard of in normal times. Perhaps there will be heroic classes that begin to thrive when governments and economies fail. Europe did not develop through the success of a steadily evolving bureaucracy.Great cultures and great people often emerge during times of turmoil. So much of prepper effort seems to be directed at maintaining the status quo, as if what we have had has been the ideal. If George Washington had remained a farmer at Mt. Vernon, would we celebrate his birthday?

  2. It’s amazing how stupid we (people in general) can become so quickly. The worst part is that most of this nonsense would never happen if the vast majority of people practiced even some basic preparedness such as storing a few weeks of non-perishable foods.

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