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Are Black Friday Riots A Preview Of The Civil Unrest That Is Coming When Society Breaks Down?
TEC ^ | 11/23/2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 11/24/2012 6:54:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind

If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake? Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food. Sadly, "Black Friday" also gives us a look at how crazed the American people can be when given the opportunity. This year was no exception. Once again we saw large crowds of frenzied shoppers push, shove, scratch, claw, bite and trample one another just to save a few bucks on cheap foreign-made goods. And of course most retailers seem to be encouraging this type of behavior. Most of them actually want people frothing at the mouth and willing to fight one another to buy their goods. But is this kind of "me first" mentality really something that we want to foster as a society? If people are willing to riot to save money on a cell phone, what would they be willing to do to feed their families? Are the Black Friday riots a very small preview of the civil unrest that is coming when society eventually breaks down?

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was not really a commercial holiday. It was a time to get together with family and friends, eat turkey and express thanks for the blessings that we have been given.

But in recent years Black Friday has started to become even a bigger event than Thanksgiving itself.

Millions of Americans have become convinced that it is fun to wait in long lines outside retail stores in freezing cold weather in the middle of the night to spend money that they do not have on things that they do not need.

And of course very, very few "Black Friday deals" are actually made in America. So these frenzied shoppers are actually killing American jobs and destroying the U.S. economy as well.

The absurdity of Black Friday was summed up very well recently in a statement that has already been retweeted on Twitter more than 1,000 times...

"Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have."

It has gotten to the point where it is now expected that there will be mini-riots all over the country early on Black Friday morning each year. The following are a few examples of the craziness that we saw this year...

-"Fights break out when stores open on Black Friday"

-"Black Friday madness at Georgia Wal-Mart"

-"Black Friday Frenzy: 2 Run Down in Washington, Man Pulls Gun in Texas"

-"Black Friday 2012: Rush at Victoria's Secret Pink at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kan."

-"Black Friday shoppers smash door at Urban Outfitters"

-"Black Friday Shopping Hysteria From Around The Country [PHOTOS]"

-"Disturbance leads to scare at Westroads Mall"

-"Teens In Custody After Woodland Mall Fight"

-"Boy Robbed During Black Friday Shopping At Arundel Mills"

-"Shoppers Were So Obsessed With Black Friday Deals They Left Their Infants Unattended"

Fortunately, many Americans are starting to get fed up with Black Friday. In fact, one activist named Mark Dice actually went out and heckled Black Friday shoppers this year. I found the following You Tube video to be very funny, and I think most of you will too...

In the end, it is not that big of a deal that people want to fight with one another to save 50 dollars on a cell phone.

But this kind of extreme selfishness and desperation could become a massive problem someday if society breaks down and suddenly millions of extremely selfish and desperate people are scrambling for survival.

With each passing day our economy is getting even weaker, and the next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching. What are people going to do when the next spike in unemployment hits us and nobody can find work?

To get an idea of where things are headed, just look at Europe. In both Greece and Spain the unemployment rate is over 25 percent and civil unrest has become almost a constant problem in both of those countries.

So what kind of riots will we see in the United States when the economy gets much worse than it is now?

Already there are signs of social decay all around us, and most Americans are completely unprepared for what will happen if a major disaster or emergency does strike.

Sadly, the reality is that most Americans live on a month to month basis. Most families do not have any emergency savings to speak of, and one recent poll found that 55 percent of all Americans only have enough food in their homes to survive for three days or less.

To me, that is an absolutely insane number.

We just came through a summer of extreme drought and global food supplies have dropped to a 40 year low. Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and the global financial system could fall apart at any time. Most of us just assume that there will always be huge amounts of very cheap food available to us, but unfortunately that simply is not a safe assumption. The following is from a recent article in the Guardian...

Evan Fraser, author of Empires of Food and a geography lecturer at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada, says: "For six of the last 11 years the world has consumed more food than it has grown. We do not have any buffer and are running down reserves. Our stocks are very low and if we have a dry winter and a poor rice harvest we could see a major food crisis across the board."

"Even if things do not boil over this year, by next summer we'll have used up this buffer and consumers in the poorer parts of the world will once again be exposed to the effects of anything that hurts production."

When I watch my fellow Americans trample one another to get a deal on a television or a video game, it makes me wonder what they would be willing to do if they went to the store someday and all the food was gone.

Desperate people do desperate things, and someday if there was a major economic brea

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KEYWORDS: animals; barbarians; blackfriday; civilunrest; riots; urban
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To: BenLurkin

You can make body armor from old radial tire treads. You might look like the Road Warrior, it might be a little heavy and the stench in the summer time might be bad but I hear it works.

21 posted on 11/24/2012 7:34:22 AM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: driftless2

We should just give it to them so they won’t riot. /s

22 posted on 11/24/2012 7:36:48 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes, we are not a homogeneous society and are a society of immigrants from around the world. We absorb the best and the worst of people who come to this country.

When TSHTF, I don't think immigrants are going to be the source of the biggest problems.

23 posted on 11/24/2012 7:38:42 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh did I miss that? I didn’t leave my house yesterday, look at all the fun I missed! (she said thankfully)

24 posted on 11/24/2012 7:39:20 AM PST by Ditter
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To: SeekAndFind

This article is nonsense. There was not “rampant looting” in New Jersey after Sandy.

25 posted on 11/24/2012 7:41:43 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Ditter
This video is kinda sad, but kinda funny. Shock and Awe!

Black Friday Madness at Victoria Secret - Shoppers Storming the Gates (2012)
26 posted on 11/24/2012 7:42:00 AM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: SeekAndFind

If you can’t defend it, you don’t own it.

27 posted on 11/24/2012 7:43:39 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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28 posted on 11/24/2012 7:53:32 AM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SeekAndFind
in a word, yes...
29 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:03 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

The academic administration is failing,long lasting problems to ensue.

30 posted on 11/24/2012 8:03:21 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

Society has already broken down.

31 posted on 11/24/2012 8:04:31 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: spokeshave

RE: Could be the Yakusa were doing the distribution....

Now why can’t our Mafia do the same to enforce discipline? :)

32 posted on 11/24/2012 8:12:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If people are willing to punch each other out over an iphone, imagine what they’ll do when they’re hungry.

33 posted on 11/24/2012 8:13:21 AM PST by albie
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To: SeekAndFind

Soon the Committees of Public Safety will be erecting guillotines in the parking lots of Wal-Marts.

34 posted on 11/24/2012 8:23:01 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: albie

I really wouldn’t want to live near the urban ferals when tshtf. I don’t think I have enough ammo.

35 posted on 11/24/2012 8:27:03 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Venturer
I saw that in the picture and thought the same thing, then I thought how did this old lady get that old when she is that stupid to get into a mob like that.

It might not have been that bad when she started out. Maybe she was shopping for her grand kids.

36 posted on 11/24/2012 8:34:40 AM PST by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

Black Friday shopping - something we have never done, and never missed.

Maybe retailers should be required to make the fine print large and bold print. Like our local K-Mart, whose fine print on a Black Friday ad for an RCA 42” Plasma TV, for $199

37 posted on 11/24/2012 8:38:13 AM PST by Wuli
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To: SeekAndFind

It truly is a quick pic into the future. I saw, firsthand, the last LA riots. It was ugly. That’s another reason why I move away. When the pestilence and the famines begin, this will look like a sunday school picnic. They voted Obama now endure the obamanation.

38 posted on 11/24/2012 8:40:59 AM PST by BigFinn (BigHat wisdom: Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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To: SeekAndFind

With shows like “Revolution” and “Falling Skies,” and scifi back to the 1890s covering this possibility, it’s a subject with which most people are familiar. Aside from the millions of deaths, the biggest problem would be the invasion of the U.S. by someone we would not be able to defeat under such circumstances.

39 posted on 11/24/2012 8:44:32 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Always A Marine

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (#7.8)” (1998)

Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.

40 posted on 11/24/2012 8:52:16 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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