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Our nation is in deep trouble. That means that every state, county, city and individual is in deep trouble. When America fails to follow the Moral, Political and Business principles that are soundly grounded in reality and tested true for over 200 years, then every American suffers. That suffering is just beginning to be realized at the root.

People are afraid about the future for themselves and their loved ones. Fear manifests itself as anger and irrational belligerence which makes the problem even larger and more dangerous. The net result is that civilized society may break down into anarchy and chaos. That is the cycle of history. When that happens, individuals must rely on themselves and their immediate neighbors to survive. Living becomes personal and local.

Read more: Principles, Not People

Our first reaction to the assertion that the global financial system is increasingly unstable and likely to fail is either: 1) denial, or 2) panic. Neither is an appropriate response.

Let me assure you that the sun will come up in the morning and you will be called once again to do the best you can with what you have. That won't change. The sky is not falling. Panic is not an appropriate course of action. Denying that anything will change is just closing our mind prior to investigation – a sure recipe for everlasting ignorance and failure.

Read more: Staying Sane in An Insane World

Truth is revealed in action. Beliefs, attempts, intentions, thoughts, words and feelings mean nothing until they are translated into deeds. What I do is the truth about what I am. All the rest is just cheap talk. So what have I actually done to prepare for hard times?

You might say my entire life has been spent preparing for difficulty. As a result, I have actually encountered very little of it. Strange how that works and worth thinking about.

Read more: Reasonable Preparedness

One way to approach preparing for unexpected events is to look for vulnerabilities and then try to minimize them. These vulnerabilities are different for every individual, so one persons reasonable preparation might be another person's foolishness. One size does not fit all - not even close.

My current lifestyle is very dependent on continuous, affordable electric service. Without it, I am in trouble. How much trouble depends on how long and how frequently power is interrupted. Also, my vulnerability is somewhat dependent on how widespread a power outage is. If it is just my house or neighborhood, it is a nuisance, but if power is off for 200 miles around me, then a lot of other services will be affected in fairly short order.

Read more: Prepare for... What?

"In describing today's accelerating changes, the media fire blips of unrelated information at us. Experts bury us under mountains of narrowly specialized monographs. Popular forecasters present lists of unrelated trends, without any model to show us their interconnections or the forces likely to reverse them. As a result, change itself comes to seem anarchic, even lunatic." - Alvin Toffler, Preface to "Power Shift" (1990)

Events seem to occur in such rapid succession that it becomes impossible to digest and react to one before focus shifts to another. Governments, businesses and individuals find themselves implementing solutions to past problems that are no longer appropriate in light of more recent events. Decision makers are forced to spend their time and effort reacting to emergencies rather than making plans to avoid them.

Read more: Info Shock

Things you might not know that may or may not matter.

Personal stories and pictures of social collapse in the United States of America, Argentina, Russia, and  Chile.

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Real- time account from a typical Greek citizen as Greece collapsed during 2011 and 2012.

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