I have a couple of posts in the recent past
that might lead you to believe that the world is falling apart and we are all headed to a post-apocolyptic Road Warrior
History does not bear that out.
The Roman Empire
is a good example of how major societies just fade away.
There have been dozens of dynasties in China
and yet they (the Chinese) are still around, however, the original cultures have changed and are lost to time.
More recently we can look to the "Wild West" which was not so wild
. Townships and people so sparsely distributed should have led to anarchy, but it did not.
People tend to gravitate toward a governmental structure. Also, you can count on those currently in power to not give it up lightly.
Even in the light of massive environmental cataclysm
, order shall arise out of chaos. You have to look no further than the recent eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo
and the Hurricane Katrina
. While there were certainly unsavory, predatory, and opportunistic individuals that arose like rats and cockroaches, it was still largely a non-event in terms of societal collapse
This is not to say that times won't be hard and that prosperity won't favor the prepared (it does), but don't expect Mad Max to pop out of the wilderness.