Coming Chaos? Maybe Not

Posted by Max Dunn Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:24:00 GMT

Here is an interesting article written by Michael W. Foley, a former professor in the social sciences, that looks at various examples around the world where there was social breakdown, what the factors led to ensuing violence, and how the US might react given a similar crisis situation:

Coming Chaos? Maybe Not

He found that while there were many cases where economic and ecological collapse led to violence, there were also many cases where it didn’t. The major determining factors were:

  • Political motivation
  • Police
  • Leadership
  • Community

His conclusion is that prospects for violence in the US following a “hard landing” are very small, except in some isolated locations where police and community support break down.

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