When you look at the reality of it all, and consider many of the factors that will come into play, the best answer for the American public is to wage war with their money......you starve the govt there is nothing they can do. If people withdrew all their money out of banks over a 30 day period, it would send a scary shot across the bow of people in high places that have any intelligence whatsoever. After that, the public could collapse the economy in a matter of days if they didn't buy gas, groceries, entertainment, clothes, etc. and the govt would be out of options, other than to use force, but force to do what? They would have to steal your money, and I'm betting the military is not going to allow themselves to be used for that against their own people.
Whether it's war with money or war with bullets, it's a numbers game. Who is going to be the first to stand up against the military coming through communities to collect weapons? A few people will, but they'll likely be gone quickly enough that other people considering it won't act in time, then will retreat when they see what happens. IMO, the only way the public would roll against a domestic oppressor in numbers is for the oppressor to flat out go on such an offensive that the public is convinced they "have" to fight back. In that case, if the military did actually choose to fight their own people and stick with it, then it would get ugly and it would drag on, but it will be the worst war they ever fought. Look at how difficult is was/is in Iraq and A'stan to go through towns, go door to door, and they have nowhere near the amount of weapons available as Americans do.
Bottom line is people have to decide BEFORE it happens what they're going to do, then know who they're going to be doing it with, and have the fortitude to stick to it. But how? What would realistically happen if the govt(s) found out that communities were assembling and holding meetings concerning forming what is tantamount to militias? FBI, BATF, Police, and whoever else would be visiting soon. Look how they already demonize and harass otherwise harmless militias. If they didn't visit, then I'd say there's credence to the "paranoia" argument, but when they do visit, remember you're looking into the eyes of the govt that fears you. There could be no doubt of where the truth lies at that point. Will people be willing to accept it then? For the most part I doubt it; they'll lay down, all the while telling themselves the govt will fix all this because they can't even acknowledge the truth to themselves.
Your retirement will be next. They are already borrowing from federal employees and social security, why not private retirements?
I don't know how or what it would be (although I could certainly guess), but considering the road we're on and the rate we're traveling down it, something drastic will have to happen to either remove or eliminate many of the elected officials. Anybody remaining, or replacing somebody else, will have to have a "back to basics" philosophy that can cut out the astronomical amount of parasitic BS that is entrenched in the govt and in the budget.....a "market correction" if you will. I really see no other realistic way.
That would be the only way to stave off disaster, but this last election was the last chance we had. The electorate was further polarized, guaranteeing disaster.
Tell you guys honestly, I find it extremely hard to see federal troops turning against civilians. Todays military are more smarter and educated than yesteryears. They know what they were fighting and they know what they'll be losing. Every state has their own legitimate standing army...the national guards. Many of them having more action time than regular army. A very high percentage of them are very educated. Do you think they'll stand by and watch federal troops roll into their communities and oppress their family members and friends? That is a very highly likely no. The day I see Americans turn on Americans in full scale combat is the day I renounce my citizenship and just eat a bullet. Everything I ever fought for would mean SHIT and my life would have meant shit. Those before us would have meant shit and we'd just shit and spit all over their graves. I'd rather die as a martyr and symbol then live to see us fighting ourselves.
If by fighting the governments enemies, their families were fed and kept safe, while the rest starve.... Yes.
The mind set and make up of the population was also a lot stronger at that point in time. Christ people would have a fit if they had to go a day without TV, to hell with food
The skill set and work ethic were different as well. They knew HOW to survive without help. They had small farms and gardens as well as a job in town. They could can and preserve food for the winter without refrigeration and all this high fangled crap.
I hate to say it, but a true reset would do this country some good with a little social engineering. The well equipped, smart and diligent will survive, the lemmings will fall off the cliff.