Matt 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 new 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 zeroes? Or if the government’s refusal to reimburse them causes supermarket chains to stop accepting them for payment? The government can order the supermarkets to honor the cards, but history’s verdict is clear: If suppliers are paid only with worthless scrip or blinking digits, the food will stop.



h/t Tom R.

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Average Joe
Average Joe
9 years ago

It is unlikely the EBT cards will ever read zero. That is just one of the advatnages of owning the printer and paper and our government is more than willing to use them both in an endless supply of “fiat currency.” That alone should slow and buffer the progression until the dollar is replaced as the world’s currency. At that point inflation just get rather interesting and the value of that EBT card will drop rather quickly which will bring about more printing etc. etc. etc. until like he suggests stores no longer accept it but how and when that plays out is anyone guess.

For my part it is likley the government will replace the currency with some type of ration coupons or cards to help create a stable situation and prevent people from “hoarding”. After all its “for the good of the country.” There are certainly many possiblities to consider but one thing is certain,there is trouble coming and you had better take some precaustions.

Y’all have a nice day.