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

Illustration: Bracken’s CW2 Cube; click to enlarge

From Matt Bracken:

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.

A new social contract has been created, where bread and circuses buy a measure of peace in our minority-populated urban zones. In the era of ubiquitous big-screen cable television, the internet and smart phones, the circus part of the equation is never in doubt as long as the electricity flows. But the bread is highly problematic. Food must be delivered the old-fashioned way: physically. Any disruption in the normal functioning of the EBT system will lead to food riots with a speed that is astonishing. This will inevitably happen when our unsustainable, debt-fueled binge party finally stops, and the music is over. Now that the delivery of free or heavily subsidized food is perceived by tens of millions of Americans to be a basic human right, the cutoff of “their” food money will cause an immediate explosion of rage. When the hunger begins to bite, supermarkets, shops and restaurants will be looted, and initially the media will not condemn the looting. Unfortunately, this initial violence will only be the start of a dangerous escalation.

The ransacked supermarkets, convenience stores, ATMs and gas stations will not be restocked during this period due to the precarious security situation. A single truck loaded with food or gasoline would be perceived to be a Fort Knox on wheels and subject to immediate attack unless heavily protected by powerfully armed security forces, but such forces will not be available during this chaotic period. Under those conditions, resupply to the urban areas cannot and will not take place. The downward spiral of social and economic dysfunction will therefore both accelerate and spread from city to city. These delays, in turn, will lead to more riots with the constant underlying demand that hungry people be fed, one way or another.

Catch-22, anyone? When these demands do not bring the desired outcome, the participants will ratchet up the violence, hoping to force action by the feckless state and national governments.

The “food riots” will be a grass-roots movement of the moment born out of hunger and desperation. It will not be dependent upon leaders or an underlying organization, although they could certainly add to the sauce. Existing cell phone technology provides all the organization a flash mob needs. Most of the mobs will consist of minority urban youths, termed MUYs in the rest of this essay. Which minority doesn’t matter; each urban locale will come with its own unique multi-ethnic dynamic.

Some locales will divide upon religious or political lines, but they will not be the dominant factors contributing to conflict. In the American context, the divisions will primarily have an ethnic or racial context, largely because that makes it easy to sort out the sides at a safe distance. No need to check religious or political affiliation at a hundred yards when The Other is of a different color.

We Americans are all about doing things the easy way, so, sadly, visible racial and ethnic features will form the predominant lines of division.

Would that it were not so, but reality is reality, even when it’s is a bitch.

Especially then.


In order to highlight their grievances and escalate their demands for an immediate resumption of government benefits, the MUY flash mobs will next move their activities to the borders of their ethnic enclaves. They will concentrate on major intersections and highway interchanges where non-MUY suburban commuters must make daily passage to and from what forms of employment still exist. People making a living will still be using those roads to get to where they earn their daily bread.

The results of these clashes will frequently resemble the intersection of Florence and Normandie during the Rodney King riots in 1992, where Reginald Denny was pulled out of his truck’s cab and beaten nearly to death with a cinder block. If you don’t remember it, watch it on Youtube. Then imagine that scene with the mob-making accelerant of texting and other social media technology added to stoke the fires. Instead of a few dozen thugs terrorizing the ambushed intersections, in minutes there will be hundreds.

Rioters will throw debris such as shopping carts and trash cans into the intersection, causing the more timid drivers to pause. The mobs will swarm the lines of trapped cars once they have stopped. Traffic will be forced into gridlock for blocks in all directions. Drivers and passengers of the wrong ethnic persuasions will be pulled from their vehicles to be beaten, robbed, and in some cases raped and/or killed. It will be hyper-violent and overtly racial mob behavior, on a massive and undeniable basis.

Some of those trapped in their cars will try to drive out of the area, inevitably knocking down MUY pedestrians and being trapped by even more outraged MUYs. The commuters will be dragged out of their cars and kicked or beaten to death. Other suburban commuters will try to shoot their way out of the lines of stopped cars, and they will meet the same grim fate once they run out of bullets and room to escape.

The mob will be armed with everything from knives, clubs and pistols to AK-47s. A bloodbath will result. These unlucky drivers and their passengers will suffer horribly, and some of their deaths will be captured on traffic web cameras. Later, these terrible scenes will be released or leaked by sympathetic government insiders and shown by the alternative media, which continue to expand as the traditional media become increasingly irrelevant.

Implausible, you insist?

This grim tableau is my analysis of age-old human behavior patterns, adding flash mobs and 2012 levels of racial anger to the old recipe. Early-teenage MUYs today are frequently playing “The Knockout Game” on full bellies, just for kicks, and proudly uploading the videos. They and their older peers can be expected to do far worse when hunger and the fear of starvation enter their physical, mental, and emotional equations. The blame for their hunger will be turned outward against the greater society, and will be vented at first hand against any non-MUY who falls into their grasp while they are in the thrall of mob hysteria. These episodes of mass psychology we will refer to as “flash mob riots”, “wilding”, or some other new name.


To gear up for even a single “Florence and Normandie on steroids” flash mob street riot, city police departments will require an hour or longer to stage their SWAT teams and riot squads in position to react. Ordinary patrol cars in small numbers will not venture anywhere near such roiling masses of hysterical rioters, not even to perform rescues. Those citizens trapped in their cars cannot expect timely assistance from local or state authorities.

Even in the first days of widespread riots, when the police forces are well rested, it might take several hours to mount a response sufficient to quell the disturbance and restore order to even one major street intersection riot. In the meantime, scores of innocent commuters will have been attacked, with many of them injured or killed and left at the scene. It will be a law enforcement nightmare to quell the disturbance, mop up lingering rioters, restore security, and bring medical attention to the living and get medical examiners to the dead. And each jurisdiction will face potentially dozens of such scenes, thanks to the ability for MUYs to cross-communicate at will using their wireless devices.

The far more difficult challenge for the police is that by the time they are suited in riot gear, armed and geared up to sweep the intersection, it will probably be empty of rioters. The police, with their major riot squad reaction times measured in hours, will be fighting flash mobs that materialize, cause mayhem, and evaporate in only fractions of hours. This rapid cycle time is a clear lesson taken from massive riots by immigrant French Muslim MUYs in their own religious enclaves and bordering areas.

The American flash mob riot will exist almost entirely inside the law enforcement OODA (observe, orient, decide, act) loop. In other words, the rioters will have a much quicker reaction time than the police. Until fairly recently, superior police communications meant that they could use their radio networks as a force multiplier. With their networking advantage and cohesive reactions both within a department and among cooperating local agencies, police could act as shepherds guiding or dispersing a wayward stampeding flock.

Today, the mob has the greater advantage, immediately spreading word of every police preparation by text and Tweet, even in advance of the police movement. Attempts by the authorities to stop the flash mobs by blocking and jamming wireless transmissions will have limited success.

It is at this point that the situation spirals out of control.

The enraged mobs in urban America will soon recognize that their spontaneous street riots cannot be stopped by the police, and then they will grow truly fearsome. For the police, it will be a losing game of Whack-a-Mole, with riots breaking out and dispersing at a speed they cannot hope to match. The violence will spread to previously unaffected cities as an awareness of law enforcement impotence is spread by television and social media. After a few days, the police forces will be exhausted and demoralized. As the violence intensifies and spreads, and in the absence of any viable security arrangements, supermarkets and other stores will not be restocked, leaving the MUYs even more desperate and angry than before. The increasing desperation born of worsening hunger will refuel the escalating spiral of violence.

Nor will violent conflict be only between the inhabitants of the urban areas and the suburbs. The international record of conflict in tri-ethnic cities is grim, making the old bi-racial dichotomy formerly seen in America seem stable by comparison. In tri-ethnic cities the perceived balance of power is constantly shifting, with each side in turn feeling outnumbered and outmuscled. Temporary truces, betrayals and new alliances follow in rapid succession, removing any lingering sense of social cohesion.

The former Yugoslavia, with its Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim divisions, comes starkly to mind. The Lebanese Civil War between the Christians, Sunnis, Shiites and Druze raged across Beirut (at one time known as “The Paris of the Middle East”) for fifteen brutal years. Once a city turns on itself and becomes a runaway engine of self-destruction, it can be difficult to impossible to switch off the process and return to normal pre-conflict life. It’s not inconceivable that the United States could produce a dozen Sarajevos or Beiruts, primarily across racial instead of religious divides.

Vehicle traffic by non-minority suburban commuters through adjoining minority areas will virtually halt, wrecking what is left of the local economy. Businesses will not open because employees will not be able to travel to work safely. Businesses in minority areas, needless to say, will be looted. “Gentrified” enclaves of affluent suburbanites within or near the urban zones will suffer repeated attacks, until their inhabitants flee.

Radically disaffected minorities will hold critical infrastructure corridors through their areas hostage against the greater society. Highways, railroad tracks, pipe and power lines will all be under constant threat, or may be cut in planned or unplanned acts of raging against “the system.” As long as security in the urban areas cannot be restored, these corridors will be under threat. Even airports will not be immune. Many of them have been absorbed into urban areas, and aircraft will come under sporadic fire while taking off and landing.

In the absence of fresh targets of value blundering into their areas, and still out of food, MUYs will begin to forage beyond their desolated home neighborhoods and into suburban borderlands. “Safe” supermarkets and other stores will be robbed in brazen commando-like gang attacks. Carjackings and home invasions will proliferate madly. As I have discussed in my essay “The Civil War Two Cube,” so-called “transitional” and mixed-ethnic areas will suffer the worst violence. These neighborhoods will become utterly chaotic killing zones, with little or no help coming from the overstretched police, who will be trying to rest up for their next shift on riot squad duty, if they have not already deserted their posts to take care of their own families.


In the absence of an effective official police response to the exploding levels of violence, suburbanites will first hastily form self-defense forces to guard their neighborhoods—especially ones located near ethnic borders. These ubiquitous neighborhood armed defense teams will often have a deep and talented bench from which to select members, and they will not lack for volunteers.

Since 9-11, hundreds of thousands of young men (and more than a few women) have acquired graduate-level educations in various aspects of urban warfare. In the Middle East these troops were frequently tasked with restoring order to urban areas exploding in internecine strife. Today these former military men and women understand better than anyone the life-or-death difference between being armed and organized versus unarmed and disorganized.

Hundreds of thousands if not millions of veterans currently own rifles strikingly similar to those they carried in the armed forces, lacking only the full-automatic selector switch. Their brothers, sisters, parents, friends, and neighbors who did not serve in the military are often just as familiar with the weapons, if not the tactics. Today the AR-pattern rifle (the semi-automatic civilian version of the familiar full-auto-capable M-16 or M-4) is the most popular model of rifle in America, with millions sold in the past decade. Virtually all of them produced in the past decade have abandoned the old M-16’s signature “carrying handle” rear iron sight for a standardized sight mounting rail, meaning that virtually every AR sold today can be easily equipped with an efficient optical sight. Firing the high-velocity 5.56×45 mm cartridge and mounted with a four-power tactical sight, a typical AR rifle can shoot two-inch groups at one hundred yards when fired from a steady bench rest. That translates to shooting eight- to ten-inch groups at four hundred yards.

Four hundred yards is a long walk. Pace it off on a straight road, and observe how tiny somebody appears at that distance. Yet a typical AR rifle, like those currently owned by millions of American citizens, can hit a man-sized target at that range very easily, given a stable firing platform and a moderate level of shooting ability.

And there are a far greater number of scoped bolt-action hunting rifles in private hands in the United States. Keep this number in mind: based on deer stamps sold, approximately twenty million Americans venture into the woods every fall armed with such rifles, fully intending to shoot and kill a two-hundred-pound mammal. Millions of these scoped bolt-action deer rifles are quite capable of hitting a man-sized target at ranges out to and even beyond a thousand yards, or nearly three-fifths of a mile. In that context, the 500-yard effective range of the average semi-auto AR-pattern rifle is not at all remarkable.

So, we have millions of men and women with military training, owning rifles similar to the ones they used in combat operations overseas from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Many of these Soldiers and Marines have special operations training. They are former warriors with experience at conducting irregular warfare and counter-terrorism operations in dangerous urban environments. They are the opposite of unthinking robots: their greatest military talent is looking outside the box for new solutions. They always seek to “over-match” their enemies, using their own advantages as force multipliers while diminishing or concealing their weaknesses. These military veterans are also ready, willing and able to pass on their experience and training to interested students in their civilian circles.

Let’s return to our hypothetical Florence and Normandie intersection, but this time with hundreds of rioters per city block, instead of mere dozens. Among the mobs are thugs armed with pistols and perhaps even AK-47s equipped with standard iron sights, and except in rare cases, these rifles have never been “zeroed in” on a target range. In other words, past a medium distance of fifty to a hundred yards, these MUY shooters will have little idea where their fired bullets will strike—nor will they care. Typically, most of the rioters armed with a pistol, shotgun or an iron-sighted rifle could not hit a mailbox at a hundred yards unless by luck. Inside that distance, any non-MUY could be at immediate risk of brutal death at the hands of an enraged mob, but beyond that range, the mob will pose much less danger.

Taking this imbalance in effective ranges of the firearms most likely to be available to both sides, certain tactical responses are sure to arise, and ranking near the top will be the one described next.


The sniper ambush will predictably be used as a counter to rampaging mobs armed only with short- to medium-range weapons. This extremely deadly trick was developed by our war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan, taking advantage of the significant effective range and firepower of our scoped 5.56mm rifles. Tactics such as the sniper ambush may not be seen early in the civil disorder, but they will surely arise after a steady progression of atrocities attributed to rampaging MUYs.

Street intersection flash mob riots will not be the only type of violence exploding during periods of civil disorder. As mentioned earlier, the number and ferocity of home invasions will skyrocket, and they will be very hard to defend against. Neighborhood self-defense forces will be able to protect a group of homes if they are located on cul-de-sacs or in defensible subdivisions with limited entrances, turning them overnight into fortified gated communities. Individual homes and apartment buildings located in open grid-pattern neighborhoods with outside access from many directions will be much more difficult to defend, and the home invasions will continue.

Carjacking and other forms of armed robbery will proliferate to previously unimagined levels, leading to a total loss of confidence in the government’s ability to provide security across all social lines. Stray bullets striking pedestrians or penetrating houses will take a frightening toll, even in areas previously considered to be safe. The police will be exhausted by constant riot-squad duty, and will not even respond to reports of mere individual acts of violent criminality. They will simply be overwhelmed, and will be forced to triage their responses. The wealthy, powerful and politically well-connected will demand the lion’s share of remaining police resources, further diminishing the safety of average Americans.

In that context, neighborhood self-defense forces will form the nucleus of the armed vigilante direct action groups which will spring up next in the progression. Suburban anger will continue to build against the MUYs, who are perceived to be the originators of the home invasions and gang-level armed looting raids. Survivors of street ambushes, carjackings and home invasions will tell blood-curdling tales and show horrific scars.

The neighborhood defense teams will evolve into proactive suburban armed vigilante groups (SAVs) out of a desire to preemptively take the violence to their perceived enemies, instead of passively waiting for the next home invasion or carjacking. The SAV teams will consist of the more aggressive and gung-ho members of the self-defense forces, who met and compared notes. Often they will be young men with recent combat experience in the armed forces, who will apply their military training to the new situation. Major intersections and highway interchanges where ambush riots have previously occurred will be among the SAV targets. The SAV reaction times will be measured in minutes, compared to the hours required by major police department SWAT teams and riot squads.


When word is received that a flash mob is forming at one of their pre-reconnoitered intersections or highway interchanges, the SAV team will assemble. Sometimes cooperating police will pass tactical intel to their civilian friends on the outside. Some clever individuals will have exploited their technical know-how and military experience to build real-time intel collection tools, such as private UAVs. Police will have access to urban security camera footage showing MUYs moving barricade materials into position—a normal prerequisite to a flash mob riot intended to stop traffic. Tip-offs to the vigilantes will be common, and where the networks are still functioning, citizens may still be able to access some video feeds. Sometimes, police will even join the SAV teams, incognito and off-duty, blurring the teams into so-called “death squads.”

The operation I will describe (and it’s only one of dozens that will be tried) uses two ordinary pickup trucks and eight fighters. Two riflemen are lying prone in the back of each truck, facing rearward, with removable canvas covers concealing their presence. Their semi-automatic, scoped rifles are supported at their front ends on bipods for very accurate shooting. A row of protective sandbags a foot high is between them and the raised tailgate.

In the cab are a driver and a spotter in the passenger seat who also serves as the vehicle’s 360-degree security. The two trucks don’t ever appear on the same stretch of road, but coordinate their movements using one-word brevity codes over small FRS walkie-talkie radios. Each truck has a series of predetermined elevated locations where the intersection in question will lie between 200 and 500 yards away. Each truck is totally nondescript and forgettable, the only detail perhaps being the non-MUY ethnicity of the suburbanite driver and spotter driving relatively near to a riot in progress.

By the time the two SAV pickup trucks arrive at their firing positions on different streets and oriented ninety degrees to one another, the flash mob riot is in full swing. A hundred or more of the rampaging youths are posturing and throwing debris into traffic in order to intimidate some cars into stopping. The riflemen in the backs of the pickups are waiting for this moment and know what to expect, trusting their spotters and drivers to give them a good firing lane. The spotters in each truck issue a code word on their radios when they are in final position. The tailgates are swung down, and the leader among the riflemen initiates the firing. All-around security is provided by the driver and spotter.

Lying prone and using their bipods for support, the shooters have five to ten degrees of pan or traverse across the entire intersection. Individual rioters are clearly visible in the shooters’ magnified optical scopes. Each of the four snipers has a plan to shoot from the outside of the mob toward the middle, driving participants into a panicked mass. The left-side shooters start on the left side and work to the middle, engaging targets with rapid fire, about one aimed shot per two seconds. Since the two trucks are set at ninety degrees to one another, very complete coverage will be obtained, even among and between the stopped vehicles.

The result is a turkey shoot. One magazine of thirty aimed shots per rifle is expended in under a minute, a coded cease-fire is called on the walkie-talkies, and the trucks drive away at the speed limit. The canvas covering the truck beds contains the shooters’ spent brass. If the trucks are attacked from medium or close range, the canvas can be thrown back and the two snipers with their semi-automatic rifles or carbines will add their firepower to that of the driver and spotter.

Back at the intersection, complete panic breaks out among the rioters as a great number of bullets have landed in human flesh. Over a score have been killed outright, and many more scream in pain for medical attention they will not receive in time. The sniper ambush stops the flash mob cold in its tracks as the uninjured flee in terror, leaving their erstwhile comrades back on the ground bleeding. The commuters trapped in their vehicles may have an opportunity to escape.

This type of sniper ambush and a hundred variations on the theme will finally accomplish what the police could not: put an end to mobs of violent rioters making the cities through-streets and highways impassible killing zones. Would-be rioters will soon understand it to be suicidal to cluster in easily visible groups and engage in mob violence, as the immediate response could come at any time in the form of aimed fire from hundreds of yards away. Even one rifleman with a scoped semi-auto can break up a medium-sized riot.

Many citizens will take to carrying rifles and carbines in their vehicles, along with their pistols, so that if their cars are trapped in an ambush they will have a chance to fight their way out. If their vehicle is stopped outside the immediate area of the flash mob, they will be able to direct accurate fire at the rioters from a few hundred yards away. Inside the fatal hundred-yard radius, unlucky suburbanite drivers and passengers pulled from their cars will still be brutally violated, but the occurrences of large mob-driven street ambushes will be much less frequent once long-range retaliation becomes a frequent expectation.


Where they will be unable to respond swiftly or effectively to the outbreaks of street riots by MUY flash mobs, the police and federal agents will respond vigorously to the deadly but smaller vigilante attacks. These sniper ambushes and other SAV attacks will be called acts of domestic terrorism and mass murder by government officials and the mainstream media. A nearly seamless web of urban and suburban street cameras will reveal some of the SAV teams by their vehicles, facial recognition programs, and other technical means. Some early arrests will be made, but the vigilantes will adapt to increasing law enforcement pressure against them by becoming cleverer about their camouflage, most often using stolen cars and false uniforms and masks during their direct-action missions. Observe Mexico today for ideas on how this type of dirty war is fought.

Eventually, the U.S. Army itself might be called upon to put out all the social firestorms in our cities, restore order and security, pacify the angry masses, feed the starving millions, get vital infrastructure operating again, and do it all at once in a dozen American Beiruts, Sarajevos and Mogadishus.

Good luck to them, I say.

A few hundred “Active IRA” tied down thousands of British troops in one corner of a small island for decades. The same ratios have served the Taliban well over the past decade while fighting against the combined might of NATO. Set aside for a moment the angry starving millions trapped in the urban areas, and the dire security issues arising thereof. Just to consider the official reaction to vigilantism separately, it’s unlikely that any conceivable combinations of local and state police, federal law enforcement, National Guard or active-duty Army actions could neutralize or eliminate tens of thousands of former special operations troops intent on providing their own form of security. Millions of Americans are already far better armed and trained than a few hundred IRA or Taliban ever were. And the police and Army would not be operating from secure fire bases, their families living in total safety thousands of miles away in a secure rear area. In this scenario, there is no rear area, and every family member, anywhere, would be at perpetual risk of reprisal actions by any of the warring sides.

In this hyper-dangerous environment, new laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in vehicles would be ignored as the illegitimate diktat of dictatorship, just when the Second Amendment is needed more than ever. Police or military conducting searches for firearms at checkpoints would themselves become targets of vigilante snipers. Serving on anti-firearms duty would be seen as nothing but pure treason by millions of Americans who took the oath to defend the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Politicians who did not act in the security interest of their local constituents as a result of political correctness or other reasons would also be targeted.

A festering race war with police and the military in the middle taking fire from both sides could last for many years, turning many American cities into a living hell. Remember history: when the British Army landed in Northern Ireland in 1969, they were greeted with flowers and applause from the Catholics. The Tommys were welcomed as peacekeepers who would protect them from Protestant violence. That soon changed. Likewise with our tragic misadventure in Lebanon back in 1982 and 1983. Well-intended referees often find themselves taking fire from all sides. It’s as predictable as tomorrow’s sunrise. Why would it be any different when the U.S. Army is sent to Los Angeles, Chicago or Philadelphia to break apart warring ethnic factions?

For a long time after these events, it will be impossible for the warring ethnic groups to live together or even to mingle peacefully. Too much rage and hatred will have been built up on all sides of our many American multi-ethnic fault lines. The new wounds will be raw and painful for many years to come, as they were in the South for long after the Civil War. The fracturing of the urban areas, divided by no-man’s-lands, will also hinder economic redevelopment for many years because the critical infrastructure corridors will remain insecure.

Eventually, high concrete “Peace Walls” like those in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will be installed where the different ethnic groups live in close proximity. That is, if recovery to sane and civilized norms of behavior are ever regained in our lifetimes and we don’t slide into a new Dark Age, a stern and permanent tyranny, warlordism, anarchy, or any other dire outcome.

Dark Ages can last for centuries, after sinking civilizations in a vicious, downward vortex. “When the music’s over, turn out the lights,” to quote Jim Morrison of The Doors. Sometimes the lights stay out for a long time. Sometimes civilization itself is lost. Millions of EBT cards flashing zeroes might be the signal event of a terrible transformation.

It is a frightening thing to crystallize the possible outbreak of mass starvation and racial warfare into words, so that the mind is forced to confront agonizingly painful scenarios. It is much easier to avert one’s eyes and mind from the ugliness with politically correct Kumbaya bromides. In this grim essay, I am describing a brutal situation of ethnic civil war not differing much from the worst scenes from recent history in Rwanda, South Africa, Mexico, Bosnia, Iraq, and many other places that have experienced varying types and degrees of societal collapse. We all deplore the conditions that might drive us toward such a hellish outcome, and we should work unceasingly to return America to the path of true brotherhood, peace and prosperity. Race hustlers of every stripe should be condemned.

Most of us wish we could turn back the calendar to Norman Rockwell’s America. But we cannot, for that America is water long over the dam and gone from our sight, if not from our memories. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” If that is true, judging by current and even accelerating cultural shifts, we might already have passed the point of no return.

The prudent American will trim his sails accordingly.

Matt Bracken is the author of “When The Music Stops” and other essays in The Bracken Anthology, the Enemies Foreign And Domestic trilogy, and his latest novel, Castigo Cay.

Editor’s Note – 0900 EDT 14 SEPT 2012: Per Matt’s request, the second paragraph has been edited slightly to reflect the more probable government actions regarding EBT cards.

Editor’s Note – 0210 EDT 16 SEPT 2012: I have taken the liberty of taking Matt’s note below, originally posted at the end of “Coup”, and placing it here so that new readers would learn of that related essay.

Author’s Note: This essay and last week’s “What I Saw At The Coup” were both written in response to the article published on July 25, 2012 in the semi-official Small Wars Journal titled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A Vision of the Future.”

My twin essays represent starkly different “visions of the future” that would-be tyrants, their hopeful henchmen and other self-deluded nimrods may want to consider, before ordering the U.S. military or federal agencies to suppress Americans.

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

  1. i hope this all doesn’t happen i work for the red cross i asked what would they do tere response we have to remain neutral and impartial.

    • Cassandra (of Troy)

      ted ross/9Sept12@22:25,

      Don’t count on that position to stand given who holds their leash & who’ll protect them from the passing scene.

      Cassandra (of Troy)

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  3. The problem with most of the comments I read here is fairly simple: no evidence of real compassion. Yes, we have seeds, food, and necessary survival tools, for myself and my family. But we also are deliberately planning on helping others in the event of a sociological doomsday scenario.
    Who will you help? I’ve read put-downs of Muslims, Mormons, and others. But how many of you will, when the fit hits the shan, reach out to help others? I know I will. So will others I know in my area who are also prepared.
    I assure you, weapons are only a small piece of preparation: a VERY small piece. The biggest challenges will be nutrition and healthcare.

    • I’d add sanitation and hygiene to your list.

      • One thing I haven’t seen addressed here: What do you do with the bodies? I sure don’t want a 200 lump of rotting meat in my front yard after I’ve successfully repelled boarders.

        • That should be “200 pound…”

        • That Sir is protean! If you cannot eat it before it spoils dry it for jerky!

          Eating at least one tree hugger is on my bucket list.

          For those with weak stomachs dumping them in septic tanks is an option.


          • Mike,
            Spoken like a true prepper! Should it really come to this, be certain to cook thoroughly- any lingering bugs will readily capitalize on poor lab technique…

    • Cassandra (of Troy)

      Frank Gough/10Sept12@00:45,

      The self-righteously assumptive & decidedly derogatory tone of your comment causes me to wonder if you’re a regular visitor to this site or are just another drive-by pseudo-moralist who, after ‘enlightening’ the local ‘savages’, passes on. Are you perhaps acquainted w/ Ben S.? If not, you really should be as you both seem to share the same low opinion of those here (& most likely everywhere else) who have the temerity to see things differently than you do, draw their own conclusions heedless of your counsel, & then act on same regardless of how the ethically ‘superior’ feel about it.

      An interesting aspect of the quasi-religious philosophy of unconditional bonhomie you/Ben S./similar affect is the seemingly limitless ability to provide for all & w/ little serious worry that you’ll be deemed an irresistibly delicious target by the less upright, some of whom might be among those given succor. I’m reasonably certain that I’m not the only one who envies the twin boons of an Aether powered Starfleet replicator & unfailingly reliable telepathy that proponents of such a worldview apparently possess.

      While it’s truly disappointing that such gifts are reserved only for those of irreproachable virtue, the possibility of attaining that vaunted status (& its concomitant goodies) gives ‘lesser’ beings cause for hope.

      Cassandra (of Troy)

      • Come on Cassandra (of Troy). The guy says he wants to help people and your spend time berating him? Give me a break. Perhaps we mere mortals are not as tough as you hard as nails “Clint Eastwood” types. You know what I’m talking about right? You fearless warriors who are prepared to make the “tough” decisions when we mere mortals will be afraid to “pull the trigger” even as the blacks/Hispanics/losers/undesirables burn our homes down and steal our rice.

        Perhaps the difference between me and people like the great Cassandra of Troy is that I believe that talking about killing another human being is kind of a big deal and actually killing a human being is kind of a big deal. You guys should read your comments. You and yours sound like you can’t wait until the end just so you can have the pleasure of taking down your version of a “bad guy” at 300 meters.

        While I may not like your attitude, I do wish you and yours the very best. Be well, nyquil762

        • Cassandra (of Troy)


          “The guy says he wants to help people and your spend time berating him?”

          You omitted quite a lot then make accusations based those omissions. Not nice.

          “Perhaps we mere mortals……our rice.”

          If that’s your/similar’s situation, then you/they should seriously reassess your/their security & logistical plans instead of attempting to assuage your/their apparent envy of those who’ve already done so.

          “Perhaps the difference……a big deal.”

          Interesting how you assume that you/similar ‘compassionate, sensitive’ souls are the only ones who believe that. More proof of your/their narcissistic tendencies. As such discussions clearly disturb you/similar so greatly, it’s reasonable to assume that you/similar detest LE/the military as such discussions are regularly engaged in by same & that the content of exclamations commonly made at sporting events like football & baseball leave you/similar aghast at their ‘bloodthirsty’ nature.

          “You guys should read your comments.”

          And there’s another bit of confirmational data for the above assessment. Why do you assume that those who wrote them didn’t think about the content prior to publication?

          “You and yours……300 meters.”

          Do you/similar realise how closely statements like that resemble the utterances of not only the anti-2A/pro-thug/pro-dictatorship cult but also that of their anti-hunting/’anti-war’/’pro-environment’ counterparts? In the first/second/third cases it’s almost verbatim & in the 4th nearly 90%. That’s known as a ‘tell’ by poker players, shrinks, lawyers, politicians, LE, the military, teachers, parents, & spouses, & is generally not a positive. You/similar should watch that kind of thing as it tends to undermine whatever point you/similar are trying to make.

          “While I may not……nyquil762”

          And there’s the disingenuous finale which is also addtl confirmation for the above hypothesis. Thanks!

          “The great”
          Cassandra (of Troy)

    • Thanks Frank for your comments. Whatever happened to “hope for the best and prepare for the worst”? In order for us to make it as a country we will need to help each other as best we can. After the SHTF the one unified group that won’t be squabbling like we are in this thread is the GOVERNMENT!

      I feel like I’m watching that prison show that used to run on HBO called “OZ” when I read these hate inspired comments. I get the feeling that many who have commented want our society to divide along religious and or ethnic lines. Wake up ladies and gentlemen. The government wants to separate us in order to conquer us.

      I have preps for my family (never enough). However, I am prepared to share whatever I have because I have compassion and respect for human beings. I don’t care where you are from, what religion you are (or aren’t), how tall you are or how short you are. I plan on treating people with respect even if I have to defend my family against those same people.

      Either way, be well! nyquil762

  4. I can’t believe I took the time to read this paranoid hate mongering tripe, It’s laughable. The Author/authors have way to much time on their hands, I use a quote from John Wayne that would fit them “Life is hard, it’s harder when you are stupid” RJ

    • I defer to your superior experience of stupidity caused hard living conditions.

      Condolence-fully Yours,

      Superior nuisance, Happy D.

  5. There’s so much truth here! Read it & weep.

  6. I think these tactics may be useful for defending yourself against an organized enemy. However, when you start talking about shooting into crowds you guys sound like our government! These are the types of tactics they may (and possibly have) used again American citizens.

    For me, I’m NOT falling for the BLACK versus WHITE elite propaganda BS! The elite tend to pick the “low hanging fruit” when trying to propagandize their agenda. “Mass rapes”, are you kidding me?

    What evidence to you have that “inner city” types are going to use these types of tactics? This propaganda is obviously a cheap attempt by the elite to get us to hate and ultimately kill each other. Inner city types (code word, black people) are people just like the rest of us.

    This is a very simple divide and conquer strategy which is one of many that the elite uses to control us. I’m not saying that any of us has to like anyone. I’m just saying that when the collapse happens (and it will happen) we should not prejudge the tactical circumstances.

    Candidly, the only thing the disorganized and misguided “inner city” youth have demonstrated is a propensity to kill each other and destroy their own communities. If the SHTF, “inner city” types will NOT (in my opinion) be the problem. They will kill each other before they make it out to me in the suburbs. The bigger problem for me will the my stuck up neighbors. For every “flash” mob the main stream media reports that occurs in a so called “good” area, there are scores of innocent “inner city” types who are harmed or even killed by these same clowns.

    Killing a person is a big f#^king deal and should never be considered anything better than the lesser of two or more evils.

    Be well, nyquil762

  7. Anders Hans Breivik is an example of what the next civil war in Europe will look like. I have every reason to believe that it is the way it will be here too when whites start reacting. Hopefully this won’t occur but we have already had a glimpse of the future and it ain’t pretty.

  8. Another unpleasant thought, the media will do its part to try to cover this up as much as possible. Paul Kersey at SBPDL wrote about how YouTube deleated the videos of the black flash riots in Atlanta when one of the counties had a technical problem with the EBT cards. The riots were immediate and almost spiraled out of control. The media’s inability to critically cover race will means there will be a news blackout for anything useful with the exception of the white response which will be covered 24/7.

  9. Travis Gilbert

    As many comes to me wanting to know how to build and store for this that is coming, I tell them be careful what you turn to for a way of life and survival.
    It sounds really good and most of all it sound correct but time will tell.
    As so many come and talk with me about building a co-op and asking what in the building of this kind of life style, what would I say is this: punishment of breaking the governing constitution of such a life style.
    That is what has destroyed the United States of America not keeping the constitution and not keeping the loop holes from invading our governing laws that protect us all.
    We could never tell how this could work until it happens, my guess is the younger are looking for a reason to blame others for their actions and the elders will be doing as much theft and corruption with their noses up the air acting as they are justified. And the family’s as usual will be burden with all if it. While the government robes the last of the country’s wealth.
    As for my self, I hope to be able if the Lords willing, to be able to take care of my family and help any one I can: I just want to be a light for others and serve my KING CHRIST JESUS

  10. In a nutshell: there’s a flash mob raging; police SWAT and riot squad requires an hour to respond; SAVs will respond quickly and disperse the flash mob. Correct?

    Even if the non-SWAT, non-riot-squad police do not engage the flash mob, is it reasonable to assume they’ll stay parked at Krispy Kreme? Won’t they at least set up a perimeter around the intersection to keep people from entering? Wouldn’t such a perimeter prevent the SAVs from doing their thing? If the SAVs arrive before the perimeter is established, wouldn’t they likely be caught within once the perimeter has been established? Seems like the window of opportunity is mighty small.

  11. When did this site turn into a government run propaganda site. You guys are pushing the Elite agenda with this “race war” stuff. The only people the “inner city” types harm are themselves. Be well, nyquil762

    • I don’t think it’s racist nor advancing an “elitist propoganda” to draw conclusions from events taking place around us. Look at what happened in Chicago to an older white man when a flash mob attacked him for being in the wrong place at the wrong time last year.

      • Garry F Owen, I respect all of our opinions and I’m not calling anyone racist. I am stating that we are putting ourselves at an extreme tactical and moral disadvantage to suggest that this is a “black and white” issue. Again, for every video the elite propagandize of a white man being beaten by a black youth, there are 100’s of videos of similar black youths beating black men and women.

        Inner city populations are NOT armed (unfortunately, thanks to the government) and experience a disproportionate share of violent crime. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson work for the elite. Consequently, this is why they are for extreme levels of gun control and constantly preach the “black versus white” elite propaganda.

        Too many of us have bought into the “fear” the elite/government have been preaching. Either way, be well, nyquil762

        • There is a difference between racism and the acknowledgement of reality. If a prudent individual finds themselves in a dark alley with an angry white mob coming at them from one direction and an angry black mob from the other, which way should that person run? Simple, look down to the end of your arm and see what color your hand is; then go that way! You fight for and seek the protection of your own kind; it has served the human race well for half a million years!


          • John Galt is Black


            There is nothing more to fear than a white man that can’t recognize he’s been plundered by white men-he’ll always blame another race-just like he’s been programmed to do.

            Stick with your own kind Mike-it suits you.

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  13. I’ve intuitively known this theory for some time. I’ve observed the coming trend that is now at hand: for the first time in the history of our republic, we now have one half of the population living in 50 major cities. As such, those citizens are used to ceding a certain portion of their liberties for living in those urban centers. When Uncle Sugar’s gravy train stops or a natural diaster occurs, the thin veneer of civilization peels away.
    As Jesus said, “a house divided against itself CANNOT stand.” We cannot go on this way indefinitely. Something will have to give. If you haven’t prepared yet, what are you waiting for? If you believe like me, let’s roll.

  14. When its too dangerous people won’t go to work, things would get real very quick. No fuel, no trucks on the roads bad news for big cities. I think big cities would self destruct almost immediately at the first sign of panic. I think it will depend on how things unfold just to many possiblities. The Gov can print money to no end and controls the media, so if riots break out no one will know for sure whats going on in the next town. If they can dampen the collapse they can maintain control. Blame the problem on Europe or terrorist, no one likes an outside enemy and that unites people, it will be a large scale psychological event to say the least.

  15. Great post! We shouldn’t underestimate the crazy response of TPTB, however. If it appears that they’ve lost all control, it might be perfect timing to start nuking cities to cover everything up and blame it on terrorists. I know that’s an extreme example, but my point is, we need to be creative in our thinking about how TPTB will exploit the situation- any situation.

  16. It’s going to get far uglier than anyone here is anticipating. Imagine you have leftist politicians who are ordering the arrest of militia/vigilante leaders. Who is going to protect those politicians? No, seriously, who? Remove all morality from the issue and imagine you have some guy with decent military training who decides, for whatever reason, to protect a leftist politician. Maybe it’s ideology. Maybe it’s money. Doesn’t matter.

    Let’s profile this guy. He’s almost certainly white. He probably has a wife and kids. So, how do you get back at him?

    You find his family. You abduct them and take them to a rural area. You crucify them, videotape it and broadcast it on the internet. Within two weeks, no one with serious military training will even be taking calls to protect a leftist politician, and then you can take leftist status-whoring and use it as a tool against the leftist.

    Let the orcs know what the collapse of civilization really entails for them.

    Yes, I’m talking about crucifying a five year-old. No, I’m not kidding. Anyone who quibbles with me should consider the fall of Carthage. The Roman army threw the newborn infants and toddlers of the Carthaginians off a tall cliff, one by one, and made the parents of those children watch.

    Hell, by that standard, I’m Mother Teresa.

    What is victory? To enslave them, to break their sh*t and to torture their children to death in front of them.

    • @Asher:

      You are one sick bastard. You and the guy who wants to eat the dead looters on his front yard should get a room.

      You’ve rationalized away the last vestiges of your humanity.

      Try using the Bible as a blue print instead of the collected musings of Caligula, Attila, and Himmler.

      There are plenty of ways to send a message that don’t involve flaying children.

      Thanks for reminding me that there are monsters on both sides and that no matter which side one chooses, one should always watch ones back.

      • Chuck, thanks for your comment. I read his statement and thought it was just me or something. Be well, nyquil762

      • I protest! I never said anything about harming children in any way. I just can’t see letting good protein go to waste. If you want to investigate unrestricted warfare read the Old Testament. Joshua and Judges would be good books to start with.


  17. Will you write a “Part 2” ?

  18. This potential scenario, is a realistic description, if things fall apart as far as subsidy dependant persons turn on the businesses first and then persons commuting in traffic. Since 9-11, I have thought the further away you can live from a metroplex area the better. I think a well armed USA civilian population is probably well understated. I think that our miltary members cooperation may end up in different factions , with different objectives and say F you, my family comes first.The Police will just quit showing up for duty. I pray this scenario comes to be but nothing surprises me any longer. Over the last 11 years, I have slowly built myself an arsenal of specific function weapons, with enough ammo that each weapons has 2K rounds each. Now it’s time for basic hand tools(axes, shovels, rakes and pitch forks for tilling soil to prep to grow basic foods and cutting fire wood, for gardening and equipment for fishing. Need also stockpile of batteries, a generator and acouple of hand cranked radios and a couples sets of walkie talkies. A group of trusted friends that could purchase mobile homes and arrange them in a defensive manner, sure would make surviving somewhat easier. Most just believe, if I don’t think about it, it won’t happen. If you live in a metroplex, you may find yourself trapped with no way out.

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  21. The early accelerantis the availability of texting services via cell phones. Wouldn’t the authorities just kill cell phone and satellite access? I don’t dispute that some other non-disruptable means of immediate digital contact might be used.

  22. The early accelerant would be the availability of texting services via cell phones. Wouldn’t the authorities just kill cell phone and satellite access? I don’t dispute that some other non-disruptable means of immediate digital contact might be used.

  23. Cassandra (of Troy)


    Robert Heiney has some points that complement the post of mine you asked me to expand. Perhaps a combo critique?

    Cassandra (of Troy)

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  25. How do we know who can be trusted? My stocks are kept secret, I do display range targets in my home and business, but question if even that is a good idea. Most of this group would be trust worthy, but it would take one mole to really mess things up.

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  28. To my way of thinking, after reading almost 100 of the insightful comments, is the firepower question is irrelevant. Controlling the armories is what’s important. As I see this unfolding, the elites will use the NatG to preserve what they’ve created. One main battle tank is enough, even several Bradleys, to quell any resistance to the new order. They would arm those roving bands of MUYs to get’r done – privateering right here at home.

    Disarming them?

  29. Said that all along…

  30. Matt – You know about this blog?

  31. Reblogged this on James Prime and commented:
    A very realistic and sobering scenario!

  32. Wow! What a great read. I sure hope that never happens in Pittsburgh.

  33. Cassandra (of Troy)


    While I agree w/ the first part of your comment, your reliance on the ‘left/right’ model (w/ primary emphasis on the left side of the equation) is, imo, faulty as it diminishes the level of desire for power on the right. BOTH sides want to rule as opposed to govern, & thereby will use whatever means at their disposal to achieve dominance thus why I use the term Imperium/its derivatives for descriptors as it/they most accurately reflect not only the mentality of both but also the motivation behind the tactics both use to achieve that goal. Such as nyquil762/similar to an extent are, imo, correct in their contention that it’s not so much a politico-‘racial’ thing (although that’s certainly a major aspect) but one of ‘owah bettahs’ vs ‘the peasantry’ that’s driving what may become the North American Dissolution Games(tm). As The Who so cogently put it,: “Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss”, which is just another way of stating the old observation “The Man is The Man”, so don’t get hung up by semantic distractions which when examined are simply distinctions w/o difference.

    The acts described in the second part of your comment are manifestly counterproductive as they’d be perfect propaganda for the Imperium to use against the FreeFor. Just imagine how the populace would react to the crucifixion of women/children not just viscerally, but RELIGIOUSLY as well. “The fanatics who committed this unspeakable act of inhuman barbarism are no better than American Al Qaeda”, the Imperium will say in a tone of barely restrained (but respectfully somber) pseudo-moral outrage, “& ALL decent, patriotic Uhmurrakunz will rise up as one & declare that the monsters who did this & their twisted ’cause’ is AGAINST what Uhmurrakuh stands for & that the Uhmurrakun people will support ANY MEANS NECESSARY to rid owah great nation of this scourge”.

    And that’ll work, BIG TIME, just like it did w/ OKC & 9/11, & the audiences of MSNBC & Fox (the ‘Fox Nation’ in particular) will look at it as an opportunity to ‘put our minor differences aside & join together in the fight against intolerance & extremism’. Kumbaya writ large, w/ the attendant flag draped/waving “rallies for Uhmurrakuh”, fevered mass chants of ‘USA!, USA!, USA!, USA!”, & Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A./similar (& maybe even some black performed gospel) for theme music. Makes ye jus’ wanna burst w/ pride for yer cuntreh & get busy findin’ them (most likely Commanis Muzlum) Uhmurrakuh hatin’ evuldoowurz an bringin’ ’em ta Justuss w/ a ROPE, By God!, don’t it?

    See what I mean, Asher, it might be emotionally satisfying to do what you wrote, but the result would be suicidally annihilationist in effect & I’m reasonably sure you don’t want that, do you? Such tactics may be ‘educationally’ appropriate against marauders in a post-Collapse scenario, but in an anti-Imperium revolt/CW3 situation it’d make things worse than necessary. And as far as the definition of victory in the summation of your comment is concerned, I vehemently oppose the first part. My ancestors have been both slaver & slave (w/ the latter condition being by far the most common one) & as such, my position on the subject is one of merciless & unremitting hatred toward those who desire its perpetuation, & the things I’d do to its practioners would horrify even Mengele & the Unit 731 crew. And no, I’m not kidding.

    The second part’s c’est la guerre, but should be kept to a minimum as their gear’s useful to ‘our side’ as per Ben Franklin’s “Waste Not, Want Not” Biblically inspired aphorism. The third part’s one I’d reserve only for the most extreme circumstances of redress of perfidy, & even then the recipients would have to be unabashedly self-condemnatory. Indiscriminate & wanton use of that/similar methods will eventually result in their user being rendered a pariah in even the hardest of societies & subsequently said user will either be outcast or killed. Few liked the Inquisitors/their later counterparts, & for proof recall the lack of popularity of executioners whether they be of animals or humans.

    Cassandra (of Troy)

    • There is an OLD SAYING.


      Mafia comes into the store to deal.

      Please sir step into the back. and check out the sewer for Me.
      Pay them
      Pack up and move.
      Which choice should men not males take?

      The Men who fought the Indians went one or two better than the Brits or Indians that is why we won.
      This time we go the whole 9 Yards.

      We annihilate them before they do the same to us.

      Who ME You must have mistaken me for someone else.

      KNIGHTS are needed Men who answer to GOD ALONE,

      We can act evil and do Evil as long as we neither Desire it or Like it.

      JUST DO IT>

      No WItnesses. None on the Physical Plane.

      ONLY GOD , Spirits , Ghosts and Angels.

      AND us MEN>

      WHO me NOT I sire

      • John Galt is Black


        Fear or retribution is clearly on your mind. They doing to you? How laughable. You certainly mirror the Bush Admin-but like them, you will fail.

  34. Whitt Tarlton

    My initial thought is that if you don’t believe the federal government can shut down those cellular networks (and yes also the Internet) pretty quickly, then you are kidding yourself.

  35. When the controllers of the Politicians and the Bankers, call them The Elite or the Illuminati or whatever name you wish, decide the time is right to reduce the population, they won’t consider using their own assets to achieve that end , they’ll use the populace as detailed in this very accurate essay. After the International Economic Riots, and with the assistance of BigAg after they have exterminated the pollinators, bees and suchlike, there will be such a competition for food resources,worldwide the tribes that remain after the Major Depopulation Event will be begging anybody to take charge,mind you at this stage 90% of the population will have perished.

    “Those that control the oil, control nations, Those that control food, control the people

  36. Those that beat their guns into ploughshares, will plough for those that didn’t”.

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  38. I think that the author is wrong about how long it will take American’s to clean things up. Once the low breed rioters start shedding our blood, they will quickly find out who the crack shots are! American’s will very quickly respond too, and i can’t imagine it taking very long, probably months, not years, decades or centuries! We will have to change things, form a new constitution, and a new kind of democracy where only people who pay taxes get to vote. We can change things now if we all stop supporting what has become an immoral government and country.

    • bloodyspartan

      And I think it will take longer than you think . We have no Idea how much crap is in the Gene Pool.
      What other nations will do.,, How much resources will be looted or Burnt and so forth.

      Does not matter till the Biologicals or Nuclear let alone The Lord GOD are let loose.

  39. bloodyspartan

    New Kind of Republic. Democracy rhymes with Anarchy!

  40. Re: the suburban response. It’s not just a lack of effective police response. Although any good LEO is there because he wants to protect you, having gone through a few earthquakes and riots, I can predict with nearly 100% certainty – I think it’s Mayor/Police Superintendent SOP. The first thing that happens is they get on the TV and state (lawsuit CYA) and repeat that it is NOT the duty of Law Enforcement to protect individuals. Sad.

  41. Nicely, if Bibi would consent to serve as caddy, Obama might have the opportunity to exchange a couple of phrases with him between putts.

  42. Worse case scenario maybe, but you forgot the internet is in the hands of the Government. Twitter and Cellphones can be blocked, and those rioters will still be stuck in the dark ages.

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  46. Thank you, for the valuable information, so much that I never thought of or considered, its helpful to atleast have some kind of clue about what to expect when the shtf, I think it best to move from the city asap, stock up, pray for the best but expect the worst, thank you again for I now have a plan and direction, and some hope for suvival, in the event of social unrest or worse.

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  48. I love the way people read something until they come to one minuscule part that pisses them off, and decide the whole thing is garbage. No wonder most people resemble cattle(figuratively and litterally.)

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