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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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To: SeekAndFind

Black Friday - Proof that PT Barnum was right!

51 posted on 11/24/2012 12:46:46 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
How would you know if there had been?

I live in the heart of the hardest hit area of New Jersey. I know the worst affected areas well. There was no looting. In fact, there was less property crime than normal.

52 posted on 11/24/2012 3:15:21 PM PST by wideawake
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To: SeekAndFind


53 posted on 11/24/2012 3:33:23 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Survival tip #1: Live as far from a high concentration of Holder's people as you possibly can.

Abide by that one small tip and you drastically improve your chances of survival by many times.

54 posted on 11/24/2012 3:49:18 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Desperate people do desperate things"

Compounded, to begin with, by the lack of morals that most individuals have today.

Impeach the kenyan or secession.

55 posted on 11/24/2012 5:53:07 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: wideawake; miss marmelstein
I live in the heart of the hardest hit area of New Jersey. I know the worst affected areas well. There was no looting. In fact, there was less property crime than normal.

You have my sincere condolences for the loses you and your neighbors have endured. However, you not personally witnessing looting does not mean there was no looting. Moreover, it doesn't even mean that looting wasn't widespread. Basic logic here: you seeing looting in your area would be evidence that there was looting, but you not witnessing looting in your area can't prove that there wasn't looting elsewhere. Only an honest and objective press could accurately make such a general conclusion over a wide geographically area. This is why we desperately need a truly free press.

56 posted on 11/25/2012 8:52:25 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
Geez, you're telling me not to believe my lying eyes.

Since I have a car and my house was not flooded, I was on the road from Asbury Park through the Atlantic Highlands to Middletown and beyond. No looting; some state troopers in neighborhoods. They were sitting around doing NOTHING. Because I had no electricity, I went to an inner city area to work out of the public library. No one was looting although I saw horribly maimed houses and homeless people shepherding children around to local shelters.

Did people steal or loot? Probably. But nothing like you are suggesting. Sorry to disillusion you.

57 posted on 11/25/2012 9:55:12 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

...and why is someone from Wisconsin telling me about my own neighborhood...

58 posted on 11/25/2012 9:58:04 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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