The difference between a group of Americans hauling their sagging asses out of a SUV and plopping them in a recliner to learn what to think about government from Dan Rather and that same group forming a mob is a matter of calories. In both cases they are being manipulated and refuse to think for themselves. In the first case they are told to relax and consume and in the second to storm the Bastille. Everyone wants to sit down and do nothing, but once the overabundance of calories slows to a trickle they will be motivated to actually get up and protest. Not that they will do it on their own, but they will do it once they are tricked into it. 95% of Americans ( I would say 99%, but I don’t want to be accused of being negative ) are fat lazy slobs. Not that body weight is necessarily a bad thing that automatically earns my scorn. You need some fat to survive the Apocalypse. And I understand that commuting for two hours and sitting in a cubical for nine leaves little time for exercise. Nor does it tend to motivate much. No, my problem is when people allow their brains to follow their overflowing waistline. When you refuse to exercise your brain, when you buy the easiest solution peddled to you that others profit off of, you join the manipulated mob. You become a pod person. Part of the Borg. I don’t normally care much for Star Trek ( I grew out of Star Wars awhile back-Dune is more to my liking ), but the Borg is a great description of our masses. I’m sure it has always been like this, leading one to wonder if the bad attitude of the elites might not at least have a kernel of truth to it, but at no time in history has a citizenry been so pampered. Which means they will be far more easily led in a mob when the slightest difficulties emerge.
You would be correct to fear a citizenry that was bred to hardship and raised to hate ( they are all around you, not in another country- we call them ghettos ), but you should also be aware that a mob of fatties can be almost as dangerous. They are just as easy to incite. Take away their luxuries. Even the fear of losing their luxuries might be enough. A few bemoan the loss of liberty ( an ongoing process for the last 150 years, so don’t think it is going to reverse itself ), the bulk vote for more restrictions as long as an extra large helping of welfare is included. Not that voting actually does anything, but the point is they think it does. I’m poor and proud of it. Just a taste of middle class cured me from its dream as the price was too high. But I am not envious of the rich. I hate them because most got it through institutional theft. I don’t hate them because I’m jealous but because they are some thieving twats. I won’t get off on too much of a tangent there, you know how easy I can whip myself into a lather. The point is that these idiots might think they have the world by the gonads, but their very wealth makes them vulnerable ( I’m not talking about the super-wealthy who survive through the ages but the worker bees who are allowed to attain the illusion of wealth to control them. These saps think their crap doesn’t stink, but their superiority complex is built on thin promise of paper wealth. It can easily disappear, it will vanish with the shrinking oil supplies ).
In the days leading up to collapse you should fear the hard core inner city gangs, the escaped prisoners, the real biker gangs ( as opposed to the soft gooey white collar Harley riders that buy a veneer of toughness, hiding their balding, sagging, beer gut wearing, Viagra taking bloated carcasses behind a thin layer of leather and an unmuffled motor ) and the “entitled” welfare classes ( that white bread M.F.er owes me my welfare check, bitch ). But those numbers will pale next to the huge numbers of “respectable” members of society that are losing their welfare work jobs. I’m not pointing my finger at anyone, I work for the government once removed, but I also don’t make more than minimum wage and receive no pension and health benefits. I can fade away easily. Those people counting on the government for their soft and easy living, the civil servants, the pensioners, those dependent on government granted monopolies such as medical personnel or contractors, they are a huge block of pissed off people that are seeing their promises broken. I blame them, a little, but I certainly see their point of view. Yes, even the Social Security folks.
So, once these masses are let loose and are manipulated for nefarious purposes ( house to house volunteer deputized mobs seizing all stored foods comes to mind ), is there any hope standing against them? My answer is the same as if the Golden Horde from California stormed into town. If you can escape to a secondary safe house, grand. If not you are going to have to be a hardass and break the mob at their weakest link. Children and women. I’ll bet not very many of us could do that, myself included. But how else are you going to disperse the mob? Going after the weapons holders just establishes a war between soldiers ( as it were ). As the dependents egg them on. Going after the dependents first will of course enrage and motivate, but it will also force them to disengage faster. If the armed men form search parties to confiscate your supplies, you will have to abandon your property and sneak in and take their dependents hostage. Yes, this is a crappy way to do things. But they are stealing your stores and thus dooming you to death quickly. Look at it this way. The government does this all the time. If you fail to tow the party line, the government takes your kids and gives them away to foster parents. They pretend to care about juniors welfare but in reality they sacrifice the child’s welfare as a lesson to all others not to mess with the powers that be. The British put children and women into concentration camps to die while fighting the Boers ( the Americans and British also perfected firebombing, but they were much more humane than the Nazis ). And don’t even get me started on the Iraqi embargo or collateral damage in our hot war killing kids. You sniping or kidnapping the innocents is a weapon that is hideous, but it might be your only option to survive. Just because upright citizens all get together to vote to steal your food or to storm your area and act as locusts doesn’t mean they are any better than common thieves or looters. You might have to kill a lot of them and spill a lot of innocent blood. Remember, in times of scarcity, it is your tribe against theirs. All members of that tribe.
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