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This article is two-and-a-half years old, but it's just as relevant today as then (maybe moreso).  SurvivalBlog linked to it.

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

Posted on September 3, 2012 | 425 Comments



Illustration: Bracken’s CW2 Cube

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.

STEP ONE: FLASH MOB LOOTING

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.

The rest is here: https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/bracken-when-the-music-stops-how-americas-cities-may-explode-in-violence/
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I'd say it's a pretty good description of how it might go down.....I enjoyed reading it and also the following.

https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/what-i-saw-at-the-coup/
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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.

All the more reason to wean the poor off of welfare. Supplemental nutrition assistance program is not intended to be the only means of food for anyone.

Realistically, the number of people that cannot do anything to earn an income of some sort is relatively small.  I'm talking about the people that are completely disabled either mentally or physically. Everyone else should be doing something to support themselves.

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All the more reason to wean the poor off of welfare. Supplemental nutrition assistance program is not intended to be the only means of food for anyone.

Realistically, the number of people that cannot do anything to earn an income of some sort is relatively small.  I'm talking about the people that are completely disabled either mentally or physically. Everyone else should be doing something to support themselves.

You may enjoy the book "The Tragedy Of American Compassion" by Marvin J. O'lasky.
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Welcome to summer 2015. Obama's war

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Welcome to summer 2015. Obama's war
And it's all turned out exactly like he wanted.
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And it's all turned out exactly like he wanted.

Maybe not.  I think the SCOTUSCARE and gay marriage decisions, along with the two dirtbags breaking out of Dannemora, have taken the Obama-manufactured race war meme off of the front pages.  ISIS wants attention, too, and they're going to try to get it.
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^Interesting analysis.
I see a whole lot of truth in it.
It doesn't take much to distract the low information voters.
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^Interesting analysis.
I see a whole lot of truth in it.
It doesn't take much to distract the low information voters.

The problem is this:  those putting forth the race war meme are in direct conflict with ISIS.  It's not going to be a fun time.
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And, now that 2016 is just around the corner, it's going to be . . . "Interesting." :panic:
"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

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