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Bracken: When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

Discussion in 'Survival Reading Room' started by AD1, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Interesting take on a possible downward spiral of society.

    From the article


    "In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots greater than those experienced in Los Angeles in 1965 (Watts), multiple cities in 1968 (MLK assassination), and Los Angeles again in 1992 (Rodney King). New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance. In fact, the proximate spark of the next round of major riots in America could be any from a long list cribbed from our history.

    We have seen them all before, and we shall see them all again as history rhymes along regardless of the century or the generation of humankind nominally in control of events. But the next time we are visited by widespread, large-scale urban riots, a dangerous new escalation may be triggered by a fresh vulnerability: It’s estimated that the average American home has less than two weeks of food on hand. In poor minority areas, it may be much less. What if a cascading economic crisis, even a temporary one, leads to millions of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards flashing nothing but ERROR? This could also be the result of deliberate sabotage by hackers, or other technical system failures. Alternatively, the government might pump endless digits into the cards in a hopeless attempt to outpace future hyperinflation. The government can order the supermarkets to honor the cards, and it can even set price controls, but history’s verdict is clear: If suppliers are paid only with worthless scrip or blinking digits, the food will stop.


    In my scenario, the initial riots begin spontaneously across affected urban areas, as SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) and other government welfare recipients learn that their EBT cards no longer function. This sudden revelation will cause widespread anger, which will quickly lead to the flash-mob looting of local supermarkets and other businesses. The media will initially portray these “food riots” as at least partly justifiable. Sadly, millions of Americans have been made largely, or even entirely, dependent on government wealth transfer payments to put food on their tables.".....

    Read the entire article here.
    Bracken: When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence
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  2. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I don't have a link however it seems that the UN has their finger in the pie as well.
  3. techsar

    techsar Monkey++

    Just a slight correction...most of these have not been "made" but have chosen to be dependent on the government dole. Rather than make an effort to become meaningful, productive members of society, they choose to leech off of the public at large, begging, stealing or dealing as their major "employment" while pushing out babies that they inspire to follow in their slime-trails...sad? No, pathetic.
  4. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

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  5. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey++

    I recently purchase his book of short essays which contained this one. I think he is spot on. Twenty or more cities imploded into riots and anarchy in the streets, food stops then it turns nightmarish which can't hardly be stopped, sort of like a snowball going downhill picking up more volume and speed. Hang on...we just might see this real soon.
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  6. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

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  7. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Please let it happen in winter!
  8. duane

    duane Monkey++

    This article was written in about 2012 and it has proceeded as he forsaw up to the final act. The when and if may not be known, but the pattern is consistent. How or why we have a group that is totally dependent on the government and with no work ethic is not the problem, the urban minority youth with all his rage exists, if he was created on purpose by some group, or developed as the result of failed policies can be argued. The same is true with many of the urban women and middle aged. I live in a semi rural area and commute to a small urban area for employment and work with my hands. We have tried to hire minorities and the young and isn't working out well. Our insurer will not cover losses that are sustained by an employee hired with a known criminal record, company policy requires drug testing and authorizes random tests, we have a strict policy on unauthorized absences, and the job requires the ability to read drawings and detailed parts breakdowns and order the correct parts to repair the tool. We have great problems getting anyone to meet our requirements and the average age of our employees is in the 60's. Rote learning in school with no emphasis on practical knowledge, living in an urban area with no hands on experience with tools etc, single parent families, the new drug and gang culture, poverty. the rise of the electronic age with its cell phones and video games, the short attention span and often just lack of will or strength and a feeling that working with your hands is bad and beneath them, has created an unemployed and unemployable subculture, of all races, and while Bracken describes its possible path, I have no idea where, when, if, or how it is going to end. May God have mercy on us as we are going to need all the help we can get to turn this around or his mercy if we can't.
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  9. GOG

    GOG Monkey++

    Well said.
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  10. Aeason

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  11. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    [LMAO] :eek: [LMAO]

    [sheep] [shtf] [patr]
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  12. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Why winter?
  13. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Best time of year.. folks won't be moving around as much due to the cold temperatures, snow and such. It will cause a quicker die off, of those not prepared (think inner city thugs/raiders looking for food), in the colder parts of the country. The summer time would not be as hard to survive.... ;)
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  14. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey++

    @AD1 I think I asked this question before and they said because it would more difficult for a masses to survive, more will die, to be blunt, from exposure and also it will be more violent as the body needs more fuel during winter yet things will be more scarce so more death that we...they sort of eat themselves.

    I think that if this were to happen it will happen within either before the election which also is before the weather gets bad and legally Obama is still president or ~3 months after Hillary is sworn in as President because she needs time to get her people in place. She might wait until Spring - maybe - but I doubt it because she needs to strike while these crisis are still hot then again she could easily cause another gun crisis...but she will need time to gather her power, get people in place that are on board with the program. Just my 2 cents...Geez, now I am talking like a conspiracy nutcase too!!! LOL!!!! :)
  15. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Shit here in AZ winter is the best time. Want to kill off peeps have it happen during the summers here
  16. tc556guy

    tc556guy Monkey++

    I don't think that'll go quite the way you expect. If things break down that much, it wont be the thugs left out in the cold. They'll take over whatever abode of the unarmed good folks they think they can and they'll ride out the cold weather. it'll be the good folks who get displaced and stranded.
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  17. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Well you are correct.... unless them good folks have superior firepower. ;)
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  18. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Interesting speculation ,I have a different theory.
    I think the government will use drones to deliver localized EMP and cripple an area of concern wiping out all communications and infrastructure .
    Cripple communications , and the ability to organize diminishes .
    Remove water and food and emergency services and the death toll multiplies.
    Just as Saddam Hussein did attacks on his own countrymen testing a poisoning gas, don't think it beyond this government to do the same.
    If they wipe out all communications, the story is that "they say" it is.
    Any one with conflicting information is demonized and or put down as usual. they do it now, there is nothing to stop them from continuing.
    It won't take another country tearing us down, the government is doing it them selves.
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  19. tc556guy

    tc556guy Monkey++

    We're talking major metro areas, and I suspect while there may be a whole lot of undocumented guns, I bet there are a ton of unarmed sheep who would be in for a surprise when their world implodes
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  20. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    History is written by the victors......
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