Societal collapse could happen in a myriad of different ways. Nuclear attack, EMP attack, nuclear disaster, solar flairs, terrorist attack, civil war, hurricane, earthquake, tornado. These are just a few of the ways this could happen, but, if you’ll notice, all of these cause their destruction quickly.
What you may not have considered is that there are “slow motion” disasters that can cause societal collapse. These aren’t usually caused by some outside event though. No, these are usually caused by the incompetency (or corruption) of our “leaders” in government. It’s this mismanagement of government that causes welfare payments to not be made, police and fire departments to not get paid and have to find other work, and for other things to not happen which we have come to depend on government for. And, unlike socialist societies overseas, we now have examples of the beginning of this problem here in the United States.
Hartford, Connecticut recently warned that their city government will be out of money in sixty days. The Wall Street Journal reports,
“City officials warned Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, and state lawmakers that Hartford, which has a deficit approaching $50 million, wouldn’t be able to pay all of its bills within 60 days. Hartford officials said it would file for bankruptcy at that point unless the state legislature passes a budget that gives the city more funding or otherwise provides it with more cash.
‘We face the greatest fiscal crisis in our city’s history,’ officials said in a letter signed by Mayor Luke Bronin, Treasurer Adam Cloud and Thomas Clarke II, president of the court of common council.” [hat tip to here for the source]
So, if Hartford runs out of money, what is likely to happen? Great question. One thing to note is that the city can’t cut much more of their budget, and they are still short of their budget. Another thing to note is this: over half of the city’s budget (excluding) education is for “debt service, health care, pensions and other costs for the current fiscal year.”
So, if the city can’t pay the pensioners and health care costs which they are obligated to pay, what happens to those who depend on the city for these things? Are demonstrations out of the question? How about riots? Even if no one goes to violent extremes, who will pick up the slack? Possibly the family members of these people, but what will that do the standard of living of those people? It could drag down their standard of living and their ability to contribute to the economy. It could be a slow motion falling apart of government services and the wrecking of areas that depend on those services.
This is just another reminder that you have to have your own house in order. You need to be able to care for your family and yourself off grid without dependency on a system that may not survive tight economic times.
In other words, you need to be ready to survive when no one else is.