Any of you folks read Toynbee's "A Study of History"? Recommend the 2 volume set; dated but still relevant. If you look at history you see that civilizations usually don't collapse in a sudden flash, they wither away, with things getting worse and worse for their citizens over hundreds of years. Why should ours be different? Looks to me that we're in Toynbee's "time of troubles", which leads to an empire, which gradually falls apart. Everyone here is preparing for the SHTF. The apocalypse, world war, pandemic, Mad Max, doom is neigh. What if it doesn't hit, but gradually dribbles into our life? Our wonderful gubment is trying to set up this kind of future, with higher taxes, more regulation of citizens and more concentration of wealth. Any ideas on how to prep for that sort of world?