Everyone has a different opinion of what a collapse will look like, and that spurs a lot of conversations. Hollywood has given us a false sense of what a societal collapse looks like. In the movies, it’s a sudden event where we go from order to chaos in less than a day.
What if, in actuality, the collapse is a slow slide into anarchy? Let’s look at some events, then discuss a little history.
In the last 24 hours, the western suburbs of Detroit have seen four homicides. That’s practically unheard of. In the quiet city of Livonia, at 5:20 AM, a man was crossing a major intersection, when he encountered 2 other men. Without warning, one of them stabbed the man, killing him. In Inkster, events began when a woman was shot. Once she was taken to the hospital and the police cleared the scene, the shooter returned to the exact same scene and killed her husband. A few hours later, two men were killed and two others wounded in a shooting at a basketball court a couple of blocks away.
In Elizabeth City, NC, where protests against a police shooting are ongoing, a vehicle was stopped at an intersection, and protestors surrounded the vehicle and beat on it. The driver drove through the protestors. The video is clear, and there were no major injuries, but the driver is under arrest for several felony charges and the prosecutor is considering hate crime enhancements. Now, I don’t know anything about the driver, but the video shows clearly that the crowd initiated contact and struck the vehicle, so it appears to have been self defense. Again, you can no longer rely on traditional self defense laws.
Earlier today, as events began at George Floyd Plaza, where police are no longer allowed to patrol, over 30 shots were fired in an exchange of gunfire and at least one man was wounded.
We are seeing protests and armed roadblocks by revolutionary communist groups every single day in various areas.
The Yugoslav Wars, which ran from 1991 to 2001, began from large scale ethnic tensions. Slobodan Milosevic was elected on a platform denouncing the abuse and brutality of the largely ethnic Albanian police against ethnic Serbians. His speeches denouncing the police fanned the flames of ethnic tension. Does this sound familiar?
As the first large-scale ethnic clashes began, the Yugoslav National Army was deployed in an attempt to preserve the larger nation. This deployment of federal troops only made the situation worse, and caused the creation of several “autonomous zones” protected by local ethnic militias. Again, does this sound familiar?
Once the zones were created, ethnic warfare began and each individual ethnic group tried to either force out or completely eliminate the other ethnicities from their enclaves. It took the intervention of NATO forces to stop the killing on a large scale.
In the end, the nation of Yugoslavia was no more and there were six independent nations left in its place, based on ethnicity. There are still clashes and ethnic violence, and most infrastructure is destroyed. Electricity and water service are inconsistent at best.
When we look at our current situation, and compare it to the most relevant historical example, it’s clear that we are already within a slow-moving societal collapse. We are seeing widespread political violence. We are seeing ethnic-based attacks. We see police refusing to engage with armed militias, who are openly running illegal roadblocks.
From a preparedness standpoint, what can we do?
First, remember that our main concern is survival and avoiding the main conflict. Staying out of it costs you nothing.
Second, pay attention to planned events around you. Monitor social media and local news outlets, looking for planned events. Knowing where events are planned can help you avoid them. You can set up a Google alert using local protest group hashtags, and let Big Tech do the heavy lifting.
Third, understand that protests can happen anywhere with no warning. Earlier today, I met with another guy over lunch and discussed the situation in Detroit. I told him that the part of town he was headed to later with his family was probably low risk. He got there and found a protest ongoing literally right where we discussed. Out of nowhere. Have a plan to practice “Don’t-Be-There-Jitsu” and get out of the area. Consider buying and wearing a body camera.
Fourth, remember that if you find yourself trapped in a protest and surrounded, the best thing to do is just go along with their demands to raise your fist. You can’t rely on police protection, and if you resist them with lawful self-defense, it’s highly likely that you are going to be the one arrested. You CANNOT rely on our system to protect you. It means nothing if you shout black lives matter, and are then able to leave the protest safely. Swallow your pride. As the Ultimate Tactical Handbook says:
Pride goes before destruction,
A haughty spirit before a fall.
Finally, look out for your tribe. You will a network to survive a Without Rule of Law situation. In the meantime, build that team and check in with each other. Exchange contact information. Establish communication plans and check in times. When this thing kicks off, you won’t have time to make plans on the fly.
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