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Societal Collapse 
2nd-Jun-2008 08:47 am
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 scenario.

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.
3rd-Jun-2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
dammit, I look really hot in my road warrior leather...

Seriously, the time between crisis, event, rebuilding and recovery is what people need to plan for. A friend of mine has a story about his family in the 70's and what happened to them when the power and water was out for 11 days. It is pretty scary. At first everyone was out BBQ-ing the freezer contents and within days after that things slipped at an alarming rate. People tend to panic, and when panicked not all people behave well. The average grocery store clears out in 47 minutes when a weather emergency is reported. Talk about a commercial opportunity for Visa Debit vs writing a check...

So while no road warriors or Thunderdome may be on the horizon, my advice to people is always stock up on what you eat, what over the counter medicines you take, and have a plan. Because having extra food and stuff around isn't just for weather emergencies or extreme circumstances, it's damn nice if you find yourself ill, unemployed or with a houseful of unexpected company!
6th-Jun-2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
You make my point well. Disaster preparedness is a good thing. It is something we should all do. You need enough supplies to either hold you over until help arrives or to get you to where you can get help.
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