Localized societal breakdowns due to weather or natural events I understand. Complete breakdown of the USA I don't.
what difference does it make what the reason is? Being prepared is a legitimate concern for either one; IMO much more rational than everybody who freaked out over Y2K when there was no reason to. Between Katrina, Sandy, massive tornadoes, etc.... MILLIONS of people were affected much worse than if they had done any kind of preparation.
There's going to be a LOT of layoffs in the next year, a lot of failed businesses, and along with that will come the personal stress and increased crimes, etc. I don't know where it is exactly, but there is a point we're getting closer to where people are gonna finally tap out and do what they think they have to do to either survive, or just simply "punish" the "wealthy" because they believe that's who is responsible for their predicament. And why wouldn't they believe that, the Pres of the United States has been telling them this for 4 years in a reckless pattern of class warfare. LA will riot over a bad jury verdict, you think Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago, Miami, etc.... won't be at risk for civil unrest? ...especially when all it takes is one misunderstood incident and it snowballs out of control?
The working middle class can only bear so much; they're not only the bulk of the workers in this country, but also the bulk of the taxpayers, yet get the bulk of the sheot talk from the gov't telling them to STFU and roll with it. It's a bad formula, and when they finally gt squeezed past their pain threshold, it's gonna get ugly between them and anybody they see as being responsible for it.........i.e. a free-for-all. It could very easily not happen at all, just as easily as it could happen; no point in not upping your own odds of being able to get through it as best you can if it happens.