Skip to comments.Bracken: When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence (EBT SHTF scenario)
Posted on 03/24/2014 11:13:27 AM PDT by freedumb2003
From Matt Bracken:
In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots greater than those experienced in Los Angeles in 1965 (Watts), multiple cities in 1968 (MLK assassination), and Los Angeles again in 1992 (Rodney King). New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance. (snip) What if a cascading economic crisis, even a temporary one, leads to millions of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards flashing nothing but ERROR? This could also be the result of deliberate sabotage by hackers, or other technical system failures. (snip)
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The article goes on to give a VERY plausible step-by-step series of actions that could take place.
We need only look a few months back on how the animals (word chosen for the behavior exhibited) handled finding out EBT limits were not being enforced -- and then later when they were put back.
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Turn out the lights.
Hat tip to freedumb2003 for the heads-up.
“Some of those trapped in their cars will try to drive out of the area, inevitably knocking down MUY pedestrians and being trapped by even more outraged MUYs. The commuters will be dragged out of their cars and kicked or beaten to death. Other suburban commuters will try to shoot their way out of the lines of stopped cars, and they will meet the same grim fate once they run out of bullets and room to escape.”
This is assuming that armed commuters will be too unorganized to travel together in groups while the MUY’s are organizing in groups. A week of this, and I envision some very well organized and armed anti Flash-Mob groups coming together.
BTW, Matt I’m about 2/3 of the way through “Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista”. Driving me crazy how prescient it seems to be.
That’s just it. The “music” will never stop, because the government will just keep printing money so that those EBT payments always arrive on time. Of course there is the tiny issue of inflation.... But the government will just blame the fact that a loaf of bread now costs $50 on “those greedy corporations” and “rich Republicans”, the “usual suspects” will believe every word...
The party’s over.
The Gestapo will first show up in “gun free zones”.
I see that as possible if not likely.
They’ll keep the EBTs charged until they WANT the MUYs to go nuts.
Meanwhile, a loaf of bread goes up to $50, the EBTs go up accordingly, and the rest of us have to pay the $50 AND the EBTs.
I too have three of your books.
Dry and slow reading - nothing at all like your books, Matt - but still terrifying nonetheless. Churchill's treatise on Hitler's rise to power, and its surrounding politics, could very easily be mistaken for current events.
Uh, Matt? I reread it and still didn't come to the part where unicorns come flying in to save the situation with magic peace dust. Probably you just left that part out, right?
The article posits a failure of EBT cards to work -- though hacking or a technological glitch (reverse of the "no limit" glitch).
Never stand between someone who feel entitled and his/her free stuff.
And, the numbers will be enormous. 50+million Zombies looking to take what you have.
Luckily, for the most part, they will be lightly armed and short on Ammo. But make sure you have sandbags AND Fire Extinguishers.
The best defense is to build a wall of bodies at least 100yds from your domicile.
And no Don Meredith to sing it.
In your synopsis you forgot an economic implosion, a near mathematical certainty given a major event such as the fall of the Petro-Dollar or event a major stock collapse. The so-called zombie apocalypse the progressives Beta-tested during the Gubmint shutdown.
I figure this is the reason the Wal-mart just let people put as much as they wanted on their cards when they had that blip a few months ago. If it crashes, the first thing that will happen is that the EBT card holders will get a LOT of free stuff.
That was a thrilling read. Thank-you for posting it. I only wish we had such well-trained former soldiers in my neighborhood. I would volunteer to watch their pets when they were out of town to forge a stronger relationship with them, so if this time comes, I could ask them for the favor of forming the pre-emergent riot breakers squad.
***New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting****
And yet, 12 years before this there was another blackout of NY. There was no looting or increase in crime.
So what happened in those 12 years?
There, fixed it ;) And, I agree.
***Some of those trapped in their cars will try to drive out of the area, inevitably knocking down MUY pedestrians and being trapped by even more outraged MUYs.***
Which is why, in 1968, I sold my singe action six shot pistol and bought a 13 shot Browning Hi-Power.
I moved to central KY in 2011 because, in no small part, I think we are ever closer to SHTF, but this article is over the top. As just one example, I use the author’s comparison of Reginald Denny to the situation in this future event. Denny’s fault was the same as the US Gov’s fault in 9/11: He didn’t know what the stakes were. If the scenario in this story happens, by the time people are commuting to “what few jobs are left”, the world is already no longer the world we live in. And the poor are now weak with hunger, getting weaker by the day. And the average person is armed.
To put it bluntly, the gridlock the author describes will be full of those more akin to the Korean Shop owners than Reginald Denny.
They can put a soy lent green scooper on the front!
***50+million Zombies looking to take what you have.***
Dang! Must buy more 7.62 150 gr at 2800 fps. Wonder if that will stop a zombie?
Scene from ZULU DAWN ZOMBIE:
Soldier 1: This is the ticket! .577! Smash em out against the bones!
Soldier 2: The Bloody bullets run out! The Zombies don’t!
AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children aka single mothers) and Food Stamps were just starting in the mid 60s, so not very many parasite irresponsible ferals yet. The explosion in bastardy happened right after AFDC/FS.
That’s one reason, probably also the continuing slide into cultural immorality and depravity. Not really separate; a lot of related causes.
One thing I find worth considering: Those blue vehicles are not purchased with the idea of coming up against “preppers and gun nuts”. Rather, they can be used effectively against the “ebt mobs”.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if, were the S to HTF as described in this article, these vehicles were used to do OUR bidding?
They already have..! In our schools....stealing and corrupting the minds of our young folk..!
What does MUY mean? “Something” Urban Youths? Other?
Picked up another 1000 rds (556s) today just in case. Keep my gas supply full to run the generators and to cover the pond to ward away any who try entry from that direction.
The hard part about the coming zombie apocalypse is pretending I'm not excited!
Or words to that effect.
Bookmark for later
The full article is in this thread from September 4, 2012. . .
Good read. Thanks for posting.
Personally I think the scenario described is overly optimistic. That level of chaos would lead to loss of electricity, which would lead to loss of water, sewer, and everything else.
In particular, everyone who did not have access to water would panic within days. This would result in quickly spreading chaos. The death rate would be very high, with no chance of quickly restoring order.
Hunger would be close behind, followed shortly by dread diseases we have not seen in this country for generations.
Apparently the U.S. government has modeled this situation on a national level. The 3rd hand reports I have seen on these studies have a worst case death rate as high as 99% by the end of the first year. I have no direct knowledge of these studies, but it is easy to see how this could happen.
Let’s hope and pray this does not happen. But it most definitely could.
Here is another very interesting take on it, posted after the Cincinnatti riots, and points out that it may not go too well for the rioters:
minority urban youths
Keep in mind that the ones that survive the neighborhood rioting will mostly be gang members.
You see what happened in Louisville this past Saturday night?
The truth is that MUYs are just itching forca reason to riot. It doesn’t take much to get them rolling, and LMPD proved Saturday just how unprepared (and clueless) local law enforcement is to rapidly step in and quell such a situation. All the MRAPs and black tac gear and SWAT trained officers aren’t going to make a lick of difference when one of these events actually reaches critical mass
It will be disturbing either way.
Because America will no longer be America, at that point.
Of course, it already isnt. But that will be a whole new level.
From the article:
"Most of the mobs will consist of minority urban youths, termed MUYs in the rest of this essay. Which minority doesnt matter; each urban locale will come with its own unique multi-ethnic dynamic."
They’ll have the same problem as the man with a revolver standing in a nest of fire ants. Sure he’s got a powerful weapon. A powerful useless weapon.
Kinda tough to have inflation when there is no demand.