QUESTION: Which situation or event that is currently happening do you think most easily could result in the apocalypse?
Collapse of the US Dollar. Definitely.
The result of that collapse? Global chaos.
Unlike the 1920s and 30s when we experienced the Great Depression, a financial collapse of that magnitude would devastate this country, and every country in the world. Millions and millions will die. Starvation, disease, crumbling infrastructure, civil wars, and military campaigns in an attempt to restore order . . . all of these will take their toll. Anarchy will reign in the population centers, and rural America will be seemingly cut off from the world.
Even the Great Depression didn’t cause these issues. I’ll admit, during the Depression, people suffered. They struggled. But for the most part, they survived and pulled themselves out of the pit. The entire world didn’t crumble around their feet.
So why would the next collapse be different from the Great Depression? In my opinion it’s because we are different.
We are no longer an agrarian society, or at least our economy is not as balanced as it was in the early part of the 1900s. Far more people are urban or suburban dwellers. They work in the city, at a desk, pushing paper and clicking icons and wearing out keyboards. They have meetings to talk about stuff. Or they have a meeting to talk about scheduling another meeting where they can talk about stuff.
But many of them don’t really do much of anything that aligns with self-reliance.
People have lost the skills to take care of themselves. Most people have never had to slaughter their own animals for food (let alone have an animal they could eat) . . . they don’t make their own clothes. Many of them don’t even know how to cook because they eat out all the time.
Could they filter water? Wash clothing by hand? Plant a garden, tend it, and harvest it? Fix things that break? I’m not talking about fixing the internet connection on their wide-screen TV. I’m talking about fixing the broken handle on the wheat grinder. Do they even have the tools to fix that handle? Better yet, could they build a fire without matches?
These are the basic skills of survival, and I daresay that only fifteen to twenty percent of Americans could do these things. I’m just guessing. Maybe the real percentage is far less.
Yet apart from having the skills to take care of themselves, there is a more important issue at hand . . .
Back in the old days, for the most part, people had character. Good moral character. They took care of each other. They would readily open their homes to the destitute. They would feed the hungry. They had compassion and integrity and they worked their tails off, dawn until dusk. All of this while applying the skills of self-reliance.
And we simply aren’t those people anymore.
Don’t get me wrong . . . I’m not saying that you or your family or your friends are poster children for laziness and ineptitude. I trust that you’re capable of taking care of yourself and that you do have compassion for your fellowman. But think about this for a minute . . . do you think that the number of those who hold those values are more than they were in the 1920s? Equal to the 1920s? Or less than the 1920s? And if you said “less”, do you think that means people will be running around town acting like they just got dropped into an arena as tributes in The Hunger Games?
Ah . . . so I do have something there, don’t I?
But, then again, maybe not.
I’m sure that crazy people with nukes that invade countries like Ukraine and then fire the nukes over the polar ice-cap causing it to suddenly melt and release a virus from the ice that turns us into zombies making us eat each other’s brains until a rogue planet swipes the earth and puts us all out of our misery . . .
. . . is far more likely.
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A few references to get the blood flowing:
Economist Caution: Prepare For ‘Massive Wealth Destruction’ (Money News) Link:
Economist John Williams lays out the vulnerability of the US dollar (Market Sanity) Link:
Government dysfunction sparks doomsday fears (CNN Money) Link:
De-crowning the dollar, and the ‘collapse’ ahead (CNBC) Link: