Couple of interesting article that are worth reading in their entirely to understand what is happening not just in the U.S. but in the entire Western World. I’ve posted the links at the bottom.
The fundamental message in them is that there is a concerted and seemingly intentional effort underway by governments, semi-governmental organizations and non-government groups to undermine and eliminate the Rule of Law that is the foundation of the Western World. Without the Rule of Law Western Civilization, as we know it, cannot continue to function and will sooner or later revert to dictatorship. You can already see it happening in some Western countries.
Rule of Law has either already been abandoned or never really took hold in many parts of the world. South American is, for the most part, ruled by dictators, semi-juntas or socialist looney toon characters. Major parts of Asia are either Islamic “Paradises” or openly Communist/Socialist. Africa is… well Africa is Africa and still for the most part living in the Dark Ages as is likely to remain for the foreseeable future. What few bastions of civilization once existed have either returned to Tribalism (i.e. every tribe trying to butcher every other tribe), turned in Islamic Paradises (religious variation of tribalism where one tribe kills or dominates all other tribes) or has descended into civil war and anarchy thanks to recent American… assistance. The Middle East which reverted to Tribalism after the Ottoman Empire fell has regressed even further now into chaos and widespread warfare.
The humorous aspect of it is that all the Preppers I know and most of the general prepper community are preparing for comet strikes, eruptions, economic collapse in the industrialized world, pandemics, nuclear exchanges, or the general purpose Zombie Apocalypse. All of which are “EVENTS” which can be observed and recognized.
“Ahhh the Economy has collapsed and all the banks are closed and the dollar is worthless. Grab the bugout bags.”
“Oh look the streets are full of mindless, flesh eating zombies. Grab the machetes.”
Few if any however are looking at the larger picture and thinking in terms of a slow, steady, relentless, collapse of world Civilization.
In many ways today’s world resembles the 500 AD through 600 AD period of World history as the Roman Empire collapsed and the Western World which the Romans knew fragmented and lost all cohesion. As the social, political and technological infrastructure of Rome collapsed and fell apart throughout Europe and the Mediterranean region most areas reverted to tribalism and regressed to the social and technological levels of the early iron age and even the stone age in some regions.
The social and technological level of Rome was not reached again until the 1700s… almost a thousand years. Seemingly simple technology like sewers disappeared from Europe until the 1500s though a few small efforts were begun in Paris as early as 1300. Paved roads and running water which were common in Rome didn’t re-emerge in most of Europe until a few hundred years ago.
The “Republic” (i.e. government which ruled by consent of the governed) disappeared from the world for 1500 years and when rediscovered was hailed as revolutionary ignoring the fact that the Romans not only developed it but practiced it for over 500 years.
But how do you prepare for a coming Dark Age? I’m not sure there is an easy answer. Individuals don’t. Individuals and Families simply meet each new challenge and obstacle that comes long day by day and week by week because a collapse into a Dark Age takes place over decades and generations. It is not a “Event”.
Societies could, theoretically, prepare to meet and endure such historical periods but the sad tragedy of the Western World is that it’s governments are, almost universally, made up of Politicians whose foresight is limited to the next election cycle and are mentally and emotionally incapable of looking any further into the future. Even the rare few that are able to look beyond the short term have to sacrifice that long term for the short term or else find themselves back on the streets.
The dictators who could, again theoretically, look at the long term are either restricted by fighting off coup attempts and threats to their power or else are emotionally incapable of looking at the long term which is probably why they are dictators in the first place.
It will be an interesting paradox for future historians to ponder, discuss and write Dissertations about a thousand years from now.