18 Signs The Collapse Of Society Is Accelerating

As the U.S. economy collapses, the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is going to begin to disappear.  In fact, there are already an increasing number of signs that the collapse of society is accelerating.  In cities such as Chicago, roving packs of young people are “mob robbing” local businesses, randomly assaulting tourists and shoppers and are even pulling people out of vehicles.  This isn’t just happening in the “bad areas” anymore. Over the past couple of months this type of crime has been common in some of the wealthiest areas of Chicago.  In fact, many Chicago residents are now referring to “the Magnificent Mile” as “the Mug Mile”.  But it isn’t just in Chicago that this is happening.  During this past Memorial Day weekend, cities all over the United States experienced a stunning wave of mass violence.  We are supposed to be an “example” for the rest of the world, but as our economic wealth crumbles we are witnessing the collapse of society all around us.  So what is going to happen when the economy gets even worse?

The United States used to be a fairly civilized society.  But now very few people seem to care how they treat others.  That is even the case with our own government.  As you will see below, the government is now sending SWAT teams in and dragging people out of their homes over unpaid student loans.

So if the government is going to be so brutal, what kind of message does that send to our young people?

Today our young people are facing a future that looks incredibly bleak.  It is hard to have faith in the “system” when the “system” simply does not work any longer.

What are you supposed to say to a young person when you know very well that there are no jobs and that there is very little hope?

Most Americans don’t understand what is causing the collapse of the economy, but most of them do have a sinking feeling that something has seriously gone wrong.

For the last few years the American people have waited patiently for our politicians to “fix things”, but they have not gotten the job done.

Instead, our economic situation is still declining.

So now frustration is starting to boil over, and it is only going to get worse.

The following are 18 signs that the collapse of society is accelerating….

#1 In a brand new article, Janet Tavakoli has vividly described the wave of shocking violence that is currently sweeping the city of Chicago.  What she says is happening to Chicago right now is beyond alarming….

This year, all hell has broken loose in downtown Chicago. Years of under-hiring have resulted in a police force that is unprepared for wildings and gang violence. Moreover, concealed carry in Chicago is illegal, unless one follows the Constitution.

Tourists and residents have been attacked by mobs of youths on buses, on beaches, on bicycle paths, near the shops of the Magnificent Mile, and outside their homes. Mobs of shoplifters plagued “Mug Mile” stores.

Terror has descended on many of the wealthiest areas of Chicago.  Some are even calling on Chicago residents to completely avoid areas like the Magnificent Mile during the weekends until more police are brought in.

Mobs of young people are “swarming” retail stores, assaulting shoppers and pedestrians and even pulling people out of their cars.

The following is one eyewitness account of the “wildings” in Chicago that Tavakoli included in her recent article….

At about 11pm last Friday night, June 3rd, I heard shouting, screaming, horns blaring and tires screeching from my apartment…When I looked out my window to the street below I saw a crowd of about 20 young people…directly across the street from the entrance to my building. They were leaning on parked cars and clogging the street. They were screaming at people walking and driving by. I watched them stop vehicles, including taxi cabs, and pull people from the vehicles…It was a frightening scene and I was sure someone was going to be hurt.

#2 If you don’t pay your student loans you may find yourself getting dragged out of your home by a SWAT team.

You doubt this?

The following is how an article in The Daily Mail recently described one recent SWAT team raid in California that was apparently ordered by the Department of Education….

A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his estranged wife – to collect her unpaid student loans.

A stunned Kenneth Wright had his front door kicked in by the raiding party at 6 am yesterday before being dragged onto his front porch, handcuffed and led to a police car with his three children.

He says he was then detained for six hours while officers looked for his wife – who no longer lives at the house.

#3 One town in Connecticut was forced to shut down a beautiful new fountain because too many people were using it as a toilet.

#4 This most recent Memorial Day weekend, cities all over America literally turned into war zones.  There were reports of mass violence in Miami, New York, Chicago, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, Nashville and Boston among other places.

If you want to see video of some of the violence in Miami as it was happening, you can view it here.  The video is quite disturbing so please don’t let any small children view it.

#5 One of the hottest books in America right now is a “children’s book” entitled “Go The F*k To Sleep“.

#6 A teenage girl in Washington state recently shot her Dad with a hunting bow because he took away her cell phone.

#7 In New York City, one 32-year-old man was recently charged with sexually assaulting an 85-year-old woman.

#8 Democratic strategist James Carville recently made national headlines when he told talk show host Don Imus the following….

“You know, look — this is a humanitarian — you know, you’re smart enough to see this . . . People, you know, if it continues, we’re going to start to see civil unrest in this country. I hate to say that, but I think it’s imminently possible.”

#9 According to one new study, the percentage of U.S. households that contain a married couple with children has fallen from 44.3% in 1960 to 20.2% today.

#10 In Atlanta, two dozen teens recently violently assaulted two Delta flight attendants on a train for no apparent reason.  The following is how a local Atlanta newspaper described the attacks….

Their “Clockwork Orange” style blitz was over soon after it began. The teens boarded the train, headed to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, at the Garnett station a little after midnight seemingly intent on instilling fear. They succeeded.

“There was blood everywhere, people were hollering and screaming,” a witness told Channel 2 Action News. “We were intimidated. People were terrified. People were trying to run. But there was nowhere to run.”

#11 Federal prosecutors in Indianapolis have announced that they have broken up one of the largest child pornography rings ever discovered.  It was based in Bloomington, Indiana.

Are any small towns still safe?

#12 Barack Obama’s food safety chief is defending armed raids of raw milk producers (including a raid on an Amish farmer) and he says that the FDA will “keep doing our public health job“.

#13 In Florida, a 45-year-old Polk County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with strapping children to a desk and spanking them with sex toys.

#14 In Sioux City, Iowa a 41 year old man recently walked into the office where his boss worked and beat the living daylights out of him.  The boss suffered four chipped teeth and needed surgery to repair his nose.  Apparently the boss was planning to fire the man.

#15 A 20-year-old woman in Oklahoma has been charged with killing the family cat and using the blood as part of a costume she planned to wear to a Lady Gaga concert.

#16 McDonald’s recently held a “National Hiring Day” and about a million Americans showed up to apply for jobs at McDonald’s restaurants all around the nation.  Well, in Cleveland a horrible fight broke out between some girls and it ended up with three people being run over by a car.  You can view video of this incident right here.  Please do not watch the video if you are sensitive to graphic violence.

#17 All over the United States, vicious restaurant brawls have been erupting with alarming frequency and many of them are being posted up on YouTube for the world to see.  You can see one example of this phenomenon right here.

#18 From coast to coast, “mob robbing” has become a very disturbing trend.

So what is a “mob robbing”?

Well, basically dozens of young people storm into a store together, grab whatever they want, and storm back out again.

Recent examples of this have been caught on video in Washington D.C. and in Las Vegas.

So does anyone still doubt that we are starting to see the collapse of society?

Sadly, things are going to get a whole lot worse.

In response to a recent article entitled “The Coming Economic Hell For American Families“, a frequent commenter on my site known as “El Pollo De Oro” left the following comment about the collapse of society that is beginning to unfold….

Yes, it’s going to be VERY violent in The Banana Republic of America. Carjacking, kidnapping, drug trafficking, armed robbery and murder for hire will be major growth industries in the BRA when millions of formerly middle class Americans, now the neo-poor/neo-peasants, become increasingly desperate. The horrifying violence in Mexico will become a fact of life on this side of the border, the brutal kidnappings of the Philippines and Papua New Guinea will plague the BRA as well. Formerly middle class Americans who find themselves living in shantytown slums won’t like their new accommodations, and many of them will turn to violent crime in the hope of improving their miserable circumstances.

The truth is that about the only thing keeping our society together has been the unprecedented affluence that we have been enjoying over the past few decades.

Once that affluence is gone, the true character of the American people will come out, and we may not like what we see.

That is one reason why I pound on the economic crisis this nation is facing day after day.  Once our wealth is gone, there is going to be chaos in the streets of America.

So what are you seeing in your area of the country?  Do you see signs that the collapse of society is accelerating where you live?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

Michael Snyder is the editor of The Economic Collapse Blog

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  • Sara Fitton

    Re #5 – “Go The F*ck To Sleep” is not a children’s book and has never been marketed as such – it’s an adult humour book based on the writer’s own experiences (in common with that of practically any parent of small children) of struggling with insomniac toddlers :)
    As to the rest, it’s mostly end-of the world-is-nigh doom-saying and fear-mongering. Looting and opportunist mob-robbing does seem to be a new trend in violent crime, but the rest of it is pretty much the same old people being beastly to each other that’s always been going on

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  • Tom Burnett

    I am the tenth person to ‘like’ your post. So am I. How do we convince the other 90%?

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  • Dude

    I’m sick and tired of these gloom and doom articles without telling us how to fight/prevent this.

    Can anyone tell us how we can collectively fight this wall street fiasco?? What can we do to stop this economic chaos??

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    • Tom Burnett

      Yes, but the key concept here is ‘collectively’.

      The Repugnicans have convinced half of America that a Muslim-socialist – and, coincidentally, black – usurper has stolen the Presidency and is intent upon the destruction of America.

      The Demoncrats are convinced of something equally irrational. Neither party can be blamed, however if one looks at their actions instead of their words.

      As long as we fight among ourselves over whether the severe, real and observable climate change is natural or anthropogenic, and whether it presages global warming or a new ice age;

      As long as half of us argue that the economy is actually improving and the way to continue to improve it is to stop taxing the only people who can afford to pay taxes;

      As long as we leave no child behind and thereby reduce the norm for education to teaching the answers and not the lessons;

      As long as people who rob banks serve 25 years in prison, but banks which rob people are given tax dollars and exempted from the laws which govern the citizenry;

      As long as more people are killed or injured annually by falls and table saws – and killed in hospitals from simple medical mistakes- but that the root cause of death is firearms and that the Constitution is ‘just a piece of paper’;

      As long as we fight other people’s civil wars, in which neither side ever wins but both sides end up hating us – and, in fact, fighting the ‘war on terror’ and ‘the war on drugs’ against Americans instead of working for the best interests of Americans;

      As long as we elect and pay politicians who work for themselves and not for us;

      As long as we are referred to by the current President – and most recent previous Presidents as “The American People”- instead of “US”, because they think they are no longer part of “US”;

      Until we understand that there is something fundamentally wrong with a country which requires it’s unemployed citizens to purchase health insurance or face midnight raids by the IRS and HE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – but regards as unconstitutional that anyone should have to prove their citizenship;

      Until we man-up, stand up, smarten up, get together, and COLLECTIVELY have a million-man-march on Washington with our rifles, nothing will be done.

      I can go on. I can be specific – but then I will be accused of treason because I have the temerity to demand that the US government and ALL of it’s officials honor and obey their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic or they will be and should be and, according to the Constitution, MUST be by any means necessary, your question will never be answered but by a few people like me.

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      • CDP

        “Collectively” is a marxist term. The United States of America was not founded on the collective. It was founded on the natural God given rights of the individual. There is a huge difference. We can be united without being a collective. Under the rules of Marxism, the collective will never sacrifice anything for the individual, unless the individual is part of the ruling elite. Men united will sacrifice themselves for the rights of the individual.

        America’s problem is much deeper problem than simply not following the Constitution. Why have we left the Constitution? Do we blame Wall Street, the wealthy, government, education? The answer is no, these are all results of what started us moving away from the Constitution. You have to look at the individual and you will begin finding the answers. Understand what this once great nation was founded upon, what were the guiding principals. Once these principals are clear then the individuals and their actions become blantantly clear.

        And Dude, there is no stopping it. This will run its course. My advice would be to heavily arm yourself, build up a big larder, and learn to be completely self-sufficent. Which is what Americans used to be.

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        • Tom Burnett

          Yep, it will run it’s course – but I think people are too spun up on concepts they don’t understand. Like ‘Marxism”. That was tried and didn’t work. If I say that the word ‘community’ sprang from the word ‘ commune’, I’m suddenly a Marxist? No. I’m a realist. I have enough larder to feed 30 people for thirty years and I have 50,000 rounds of riginal Lake City Match 30.06 for my stack of unfired collector grade and correct grade Grarnds – in addition to all the other ‘precious metal’ I have – and in addition to access to the armory. Itrained the SWAT team and I still train tactical teams which cycle through, so I have toys most people don’t.

          I don’t expect to use this against people. That’s not the point at all. But your ounce of gold doesn’t talk to my M1.

          I’ll post on PM’s in a minute.

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  • Judith

    Any society which looses its moral ties to honesty and hard work is going to have problems eventually.  Let’s recap:  Our leaders are dishonest, and don’t even pretend that the statements they make while running for office are based on their intentions once in office.  Our students think it is OK to cheat on tests.  Our parents think gaming the college system for advantage is OK if it helps their children.  Bankers are crooks.  CEOs of companies are crooks.  Stock brokers are misleading their clients, and selling products based on the size of their commission.  There are probably a lot more examples that I can’t think of right now, but honesty is important for the health of a society.  With honesty and hard work, we could solve our financial problems; without it, no possible way.

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  • Judith

    Any society which looses its moral ties to honesty and hard work is going to have problems eventually.  Let’s recap:  Our leaders are dishonest, and don’t even pretend that the statements they make while running for office are based on their intentions once in office.  Our students think it is OK to cheat on tests.  Our parents think gaming the college system for advantage is OK if it helps their children.  Bankers are crooks.  CEOs of companies are crooks.  Stock brokers are misleading their clients, and selling products based on the size of their commission.  There are probably a lot more examples that I can’t think of right now, but honesty is important for the health of a society.  With honesty and hard work, we could solve our financial problems; without it, no possible way.

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  • Joseppi

    Each day all of us spend many hours focused on monitoring the overwhelming evidence and details of the present international monetary system in it’s death spiral, despite the deception and fraud of the status quo to prolong it’s life.

    The most important activity that would benefit us, our family and friends, is that we make preparations for the inevitable currency crisis. Studying the details of the unfolding calamity is a form a procrastinating. May we spend an equal amount of time preparing. It’s advice I personally am trying to follow.

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