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Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist PostIf Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake?Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsterslooking for food. Sadly, “Black Friday” also gives us a look at how crazed the American people can be when given the opportunity. This year was no exception.Once again we saw large crowds of frenzied shoppers push, shove, scratch, claw, bite and trample one another just to save a few bucks on cheap foreign-made goods. And of course most retailers seem to be encouraging this type of behavior. Most of them actually want people frothing at the mouth and willing to fight one another to buy their goods. But is this kind of “me first” mentality really something that we want to foster as a society? If people are willing to riot to save money on a cell phone, what would they be willing to do to feed their families? Are the Black Friday riots a very small preview of the civil unrest that is coming when society eventually breaks down? Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was not really a commercial holiday. It was a time to get together with family and friends, eat turkey and express thanks for the blessings that we have been given.

But in recent years Black Friday has started to become even a bigger event than Thanksgiving itself.

Millions of Americans have become convinced that it is fun to wait in long lines outside retail stores in freezing cold weather in the middle of the night to spend money that they do not have on things that they do not need.

And of course very, very few “Black Friday deals” are actually made in America. So these frenzied shoppers are actually killing American jobs and destroying the U.S. economy as well.

The absurdity of Black Friday was summed up very well recently in a statement that has already been retweeted on Twitter more than 1,000 times

“Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.”

It has gotten to the point where it is now expected that there will be mini-riots all over the country early on Black Friday morning each year. The following are a few examples of the craziness that we saw this year…

-“Fights break out when stores open on Black Friday

-“Black Friday madness at Georgia Wal-Mart

-“Black Friday Frenzy: 2 Run Down in Washington, Man Pulls Gun in Texas

-“Black Friday 2012: Rush at Victoria’s Secret Pink at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan.

-“Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters

-“Black Friday Shopping Hysteria From Around The Country [PHOTOS]

-“Disturbance leads to scare at Westroads Mall

-“Teens In Custody After Woodland Mall Fight

-“Boy Robbed During Black Friday Shopping At Arundel Mills

-“Shoppers Were So Obsessed With Black Friday Deals They Left Their Infants Unattended

Fortunately, many Americans are starting to get fed up with Black Friday. In fact, one activist named Mark Dice actually went out and heckled Black Friday shoppers this year. I found the following You Tube video to be very funny, and I think most of you will too…

In the end, it is not that big of a deal that people want to fight with one another to save 50 dollars on a cell phone.

But this kind of extreme selfishness and desperation could become a massive problem someday if society breaks down and suddenly millions of extremely selfish and desperate people are scrambling for survival.

With each passing day our economy is getting even weaker, and the next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching. What are people going to do when the next spike in unemployment hits us and nobody can find work?

To get an idea of where things are headed, just look at Europe. In both Greece and Spain the unemployment rate is over 25 percent and civil unrest has become almost a constant problem in both of those countries.

So what kind of riots will we see in the United States when the economy gets much worse than it is now?

Already there are signs of social decay all around us, and most Americans are completely unprepared for what will happen if a major disaster or emergency does strike.

Sadly, the reality is that most Americans live on a month to month basis. Most families do not have any emergency savings to speak of, and one recent poll found that 55 percent of all Americans only have enough food in their homes to survive for three days or less.

To me, that is an absolutely insane number.

We just came through a summer of extreme drought and global food supplies have dropped to a 40 year low. Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and the global financial system could fall apart at any time. Most of us just assume that there will always be huge amounts of very cheap food available to us, but unfortunately that simply is not a safe assumption. The following is from a recent article in the Guardian

Evan Fraser, author of Empires of Food and a geography lecturer at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, says: For six of the last 11 years the world has consumed more food than it has grown. We do not have any buffer and are running down reserves. Our stocks are very low and if we have a dry winter and a poor rice harvest we could see a major food crisis across the board. 

Even if things do not boil over this year, by next summer we’ll have used up this buffer and consumers in the poorer parts of the world will once again be exposed to the effects of anything that hurts production.

When I watch my fellow Americans trample one another to get a deal on a television or a video game, it makes me wonder what they would be willing to do if they went to the store someday and all the food was gone.

Desperate people do desperate things, and someday if there was a major economic breakdown in the United States I think the level of desperation in this country would be extremely frightening.

So what do you think? Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below…

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Is The Army Preparing For Civil Unrest Or Martial Law?


Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, conduct riot training March 13 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The unit is conducting civil disturbance training in preparation as a domestic quick reaction force. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Antwaun J. Parrish, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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April 7, 2012

The Soldiers in a closed formation bang their batons in cadence against their shields as an angry mob approaches.

“When I initially picked up my shield, the thought of the movie 300 was the first thing that came to mind,” said Spc. Kyle Wilhelmi.

Teams of Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade conducted civil disturbance training here March 13. The Soldiers, though not quite Spartans, are effectively training to hold their line and successfully control crowds if called upon for a civil disturbance.

Soldiers with shields, batons and rifles pushed through and maintained a dominant stance against a mob of about 40 civilians. The riot escalated as the crowd began throwing snowballs, slurred profanity and made offensive gestures at the Soldiers. The more forceful members of the mob charged the Soldiers but were easily pushed back, as many often fell to the icy surface.

The overall goal of riot control group (RCG) is to control the crowd using less than lethal force.

Staff Sergeant Lawerence Jameson, a section sergeant assigned to the squadron’s B Troop, served as the leader of the RCG. He found its challenging to stay focused during the conflict.

“It was chaotic,” said Jameson. “I keep yelling at my group to stay tight and hold their ground. As the crowd grew larger I was anxious to know when the breaking point was.”

The crowd initially approached the Soldiers with about 20 people, but once the RCG pushed them back toward the training area’s town, more people came from out of hiding. The Soldiers had to use whatever stamina they had left to control the mob.

Specialist Kyle Wilhelmi who was a part of Jameson’s RCG, felt the training surpassed his expectations.

“I never thought there were going to be so many people,” said Wilhelmi, a native of Lennon, Mich. “This has been more of a realistic experience.”

The Soldiers learn to maneuver with the shields that protect the entire RCG and restrict the crowd from harming them.

When the Soldiers are moving in their formations, which are decided by Jameson, they hold the shields up to protect their body.

“When used correctly, it protects not only me, but my buddies as well,” said Wilhelmi.

Jameson explained that the extra protection is effective when controlling the crowd, however, they can also cause their share of problems.

“It was visually overwhelming,” said Jameson. ”The shields are difficult to see through, so often times, all I saw were figures in front of me.”

Some Soldiers complained about the heavy weight, but Wilhelmi believes that additional training will develop muscle memory.

“We will start carrying them during physical training to get our bodies used to them,” said Wilhelmi.

First Sergeant Justin Spicher led the squadron’s C Troop through riot control training and was there to observe his group and figure out what his team needed to train on.

“This is our first time conducting the training against a live force,” said Spicher. “We want to work on the units established guidance and make any adjustments as necessary.”

Wilhelmi, a cavalry scout for the last three years, shared that he welcomes the unexpected skills he’s learning during civil disturbance training.

“When I joined the Army, I never thought that I would do something like this,” said Wilhelmi. “I enjoy it!”

Jameson looks forward to more training and feels confident that his RCG will be ready if needed.

“We’re not quite experts,” said Jameson. “Ultimately, we will be ready to defend!”

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