To be clear from the outset, our modern survival blog is not about the drawing up of old allegiances and what to do when the Confederacy rises again. That is unlikely to occur, even if the country is destabilized enough such that local governments break down–though that will almost certainly be one of many factions in this event. Instead, the coming second civil war refers to how people will respond once society does collapse which seems to be getting closer every day.
While there is likely little you can do to actually change the course of history, that does not mean you are without recourse. Once society does break down, those who are prepared and have the skills to survive without modern conveniences will be the ones who make it through the most difficult and trying times. Remember, that should modern society simply stop, for whatever reason, there is a pretty good chance that up 90-percent of all Americans would starve within the first 3 months once reserve supplies ran out, assuming they were not affected in the initial collapse.
This article will discuss many of the issues that are currently facing the US and the world which could bring about the societal collapse preceding the coming Second Civil War. We will dissect the problems, their causes, and what you can do about it. Be aware that we are not advocating for any political ideology or position and are simply responding to the evidence while trying to best prepare for disaster. First, let us take a look at the potential causes of societal collapse before next looking at what you can do to prepare.
Regardless of where you lie on the political spectrum and what you believe, the fact that the planet is warming up rather quickly is an issue with which we, our survivalist blog and you readers, must grapple. Many of the other problems that could cause a collapse are either caused in part, whole, or, at the very least, exacerbated by climate change. As the temperatures rise, arable land becomes scarcer while the climate, in general, becomes unwelcoming to the current evolution of plant life. Granted, given enough time, plants would adapt to the new climate and perform a similar, if not the same, function that they do today.
The problem is that evolutionary adaptation takes a long time, and there is no guarantee that there would be much of a human race left once they do. Unfortunately, not only does this seem like a problem which will persist, as noted by the breaking of an ice sheet which had never broken in the span of Earth’s history. To make matters worse, developing countries often require the use of dirty, but cheap, carbon-based fossil fuels to advance their society.
While the potential threat to the ecosystem definitely looms large, it is the secondary effects of climate change that are the real danger. For instance, as resources become scarce, countries will become more and more desperate to acquire the resources necessary to sustain their society. If they have no way to obtain those resources peacefully, they are not simply going to lay down and wait to die. Instead, those resource-poor countries will begin to wage war on their neighbors for their resources–even if their neighbors are just as resource-poor as they are.
While that may not seem like a big deal for us, it will have monumental impacts on the global marketplace and, consequently, the US economy. On top of that, smaller groups of disgruntled people are liable to try and solve their own problems without the help of their society and with the use of force. While we would probably label this event terrorism, the lack of a political agenda beyond survival makes that a spurious claim, but the results will be the same.
A lot of survival news may gin this one up a bit, but when you actually consider the reality of a Second Civil War in a more traditional context, rather than a sensationalization of societal collapse, this is the most likely representation of what it would look like. While America’s Civil War is closely tied to political ideologies and moral disagreements, the people fighting were mostly of the same race. Because our modern society has decentralized racial power, it is unlikely to occur that we would fight along those same lines and principles again.
However, Americans often identify with one another, regardless of their race, creed, other identities, when times get tough. On top of that, Americans have a tendency to come together to fight a common enemy, though the national ‘alliance’ may be fairly short-lived thereafter. In this case, a ‘true’ Second Civil War is more likely to be composed of natural Americans on one side and immigrants on the other. While climate change will have life-changing impacts on the developed world, it will make undeveloped nations veritably unlivable.
The overwhelming majority of the people in those regions, once they have exhausted all other solutions, will move in droves to wherever can sustain life. Since America is located in a more temperate climate region, we will lose a lot of arable lands but not become barren. Regions closer to the equator, though, are likely to just get tougher and more difficult to live in which will force the people living there to leave. Eventually, the US will see a legitimate immigration disaster of the likes our institutions genuinely cannot handle.
As the US population begins to swell in the wake of unprecedented immigration since the first humans arrived on this continent. The first response is likely to devote more resources to keeping illegal immigrants out, but it will eventually become a pyrrhic strategy that costs more than it saves. Before too long the country will have far more people than it can support too quickly which will put a strain on already struggling infrastructure. After that, it takes just a single spark to set off a powder keg of fear and social unrest.
If polled today, one of the biggest fears among average Americans is terrorism, even if it happens to be a fairly rare event for the average American to encounter–unless you count domestic terrorism, but even then, that is still extremely unlikely. However, as the weather worsens and immigration increases, the violent, political discontent of deranged individuals and the provocateurs who manipulate them will become more and more common. As the borders become more difficult to defend, more and more opportunistic terrorists will see this as their time to strike.
While it seems as if our intelligence community is consistently effective at ferreting out plots to attack the US that will probably decrease as immigration increases precipitously. While the increase in terror attacks is bad, the fact that it will likely be met with some form of militarized response at home and abroad is where the real trouble starts. With immigration being driven to untenable points by climate change, the only real option to prevent terrorists from getting into the US is shutting down the border entirely.
As a breach of the Constitution, this would be met with an uproar from civil liberty advocates on the right and left–and even from your very own humble survivalist blog. This would also foster the kind of environment necessary for an ‘us against them’ type of mentality to reach feverish, hysterical pitches. Remember, if there is to be an actual Civil War beyond fanciful rhetoric, chances are it will be natural born citizens versus everyone else. Of course, whether we find ourselves at each other’s throats due to increased terrorism or not does not change the fact that the political backlash will be severe.
In response to all of the mounting pressures previously discussed, the US, and likely other major world powers, will realize that everyone is dealing with the same problems. While not a true solution, it is almost inevitable that a nativist approach is adopted to ensure ‘order.’ Depending on how purist and consistent the screening is will likely determine how brutal and potentially heinous the result is. While it is unlikely that ideologies of that extremity will take hold in the US, it is almost inevitable that more genocides committed on one’s own people are likely to rise.
Regardless of how nativist the US goes, there is almost certainly going to be an interregnum period where a global policy of isolationism is enacted. This is a fairly common response for nations when tensions begin to rise and the international climate is hotter than normal. This can actually have some positive effects, like forcing the development of domestic trades and manufacturing, but is also likely to leave us on the outside looking in with trade negotiations. As much as the US might be able to sustain a pre-digital society on its own, it needs those rare earth elements from Africa to sustain a contemporary standard of living.
When engaging in a political stance of isolationism, which is the direction we are currently moving towards, you often either receive the mud-end of the stick–something the US does not generally allow–or you take the goods by force. All of this amidst the very same problems happening across the world with little time to act. What do you think the US government and military are going to do: wait around for the slow collapse or go out in a blaze of fire and glory?
Though this article may be discussing the coming Second World War, it is worth remembering that traditional war, against different nations, can create the kind of pressure that can cause a society to collapse as we have seen in the Middle East. Of course, it is extremely unlikely that any other nation in the world can project force to the degree or with the same effectiveness as the US military. As such, it is far more likely that the pressure of war will either come from our own extension of force or from clandestine means.
In a time of plenty, a war would normally mean good things for countries who can wage outside of their own soil. Even for those who must deal with the inherent attrition of fighting on their own land still often see an overall upswing in economic indicators. However, the wars of the future will either be fought in the virtual world or with nuclear weapons, but any significant enough conflict to destabilize society for any length of time will include the use of nuclear weapons.
Should nuclear weapons be used, the odds of anyone surviving above ground without a heavily fortified compound are incredibly slim. Of course, we will eventually get to some of the potential solutions, but the fact remains that nuclear war will require significant preparation if you hope to survive. On the other hand, the odds of the US projecting military force in order to secure ever-shrinking resources are definitely worth considering. While the US has not admitted to using force to secure resources for ourselves so nakedly, it is not unheard of historically and may explain why our military spends so much time and resources in the Middle East.
Over the course of time, not only are we likely to project force to secure resources, but the war effort will only accelerate the overall depletion of those resources. This will be noticed primarily by the average citizen who is no longer able to obtain certain goods due to rationing. While that sounds great in theory, modern Americans are notoriously bad at preparation in general, whether for their daily lives or for catastrophic events. Should we become engaged in an extended resource war, it is only a matter of time before the civil unrest spills out into the streets.
Again, this is not a political statement as this survivalist blog does not think there is anything inherently wrong with our economic system–in theory. That said, the way that our system currently operates is definitely slanted a bit in favor of wealth. Actually, scratch that, our economic system is overwhelmingly biased in favor of wealth which affords de facto civil liberties the rest of us do not enjoy, like being ‘too big to fail.’ That said, late-capitalism by itself is incredibly unlikely to cause a full-scale social destabilization, but it is definitely an influence that is not making dealing with the other problems any easier.
As late-capitalism develops and inequality widens, eventually the pinch will get to be too much and the people will revolt. This is not to suggest that there will be a full-scale national revolution, but one event can inspire other copycats which spread like wildfire until more of the country than not is in open or closed rebellion with the forces in power. This is especially likely if the economy gets so bad that parents are unable to feed their children.
Many people today are not all that familiar with their not so old history and forget that bread riots are common when and where people cannot feed their families. It is unlikely that the federal government would allow a food shortage of that magnitude to occur–unless they could do nothing to stop it. If a number of factors converge to make food so scarce that people simply cannot afford it, then there is only a limited amount of time the government can sustain the society before it eventually collapses once whatever remaining stores run out.
Now, after thoroughly discussing all of the ways in which we are screwed, now comes the time for the lighter part of the article: the solutions. However, this article is about to go from dark to pitch black because there are not many, if any, great solutions to fix these issues. Instead, the best thing you can do is prepare for any and all threats to your way of life the best that you can. Easily one of the most valuable things you can do before the collapse is to learn survival techniques and begin to plan for what you will do when the coming Second Civil War arrives on your doorstep. Thankfully, your faithful modern survival blog is here to help.
The first thing you need to do, right now, before finishing this article, is develop a bug out plan for you and your ‘party,’ generally your family. This plan will include the protocols each person should follow depending on where they are and what they are doing with different plans in case party members are separated when a disaster strikes. While you will likely see plenty of survival news regarding ‘bug out bags,’ that is putting the cart before the horse a bit. Figure out what you and your loved ones will do immediately following a temporary or permanent collapse of society. Once you have devised a solid escape plan, then you can start worrying about the long-term planning projects like bug out bags and bug out shelters. Before too long, you will have developed the skills necessary to survive on your own out in the wild. Of course, we have a long road ahead of us, so buckle up and welcome aboard as we begin our education in the skill of survival. We encourage you to comment below and share this article with your friends using one of the widgets below on what you think about the Coming Second Civil War and our new modern survival blog. Always be sure to check back here for the latest survival news.