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Is it Really Possible to Have Another Civil War?

Is it Really Possible to Have Another Civil War?


One of the biggest topics of discussion related to survival and SHTF preparedness is how to cope with a societal collapse.  However, it may be time to start thinking of another terrifying possibility:  That we could be on the verge of another civil war.  If we take a closer look at some of the signs that seem to be pointing in that direction, it becomes clearer that this is more than just a crazy conspiracy theory.

Pieces of a Puzzle


Over the past decade, this country has become increasingly-divided to the point where fault lines are now a permanent fixture on our national landscape.  We have been bombarded with attention-getting headlines and a chorus of voices that do more to incite and fuel discord than they report news.  People are being divided and marginalized into groups, and we are also becoming more isolated from each other.  We are struggling economically, our political system is in a state of disarray, and everyone wants to find someone to blame. 

At the same time that we’re becoming more distrustful of each other while being exposed to the hypnotic mantra of biased and sensationalist news reporting.  We are also losing our rights and freedoms as the government continues to expand their reach into our daily lives.  At the same time, we are seeing an unprecedented militarization of our police force while demonstrations and protests are becoming more frequent and violent.

All of these pieces are out there, and it won’t take much to have them converge or erupt into an all-out conflict.  We just need to look at places like Venezuela to see how quickly things can devolve from a prosperous, productive, diverse and democratic society into total chaos.  Now as people are recognizing that their government is not trustworthy, they are forming factions that have the chance of tearing the country apart.  We’re not that far off from having the same thing happen here.

How it Can Start


There are a few different ways in which a civil war could hit the country.  First, conflict could revolve around religion or political ideology.  Another option is that civil unrest becomes such a problem that the government instills martial law that is met with sustained resistance from different groups.  Finally, it can be a class or race-based conflict that is fueled by hateful rhetoric, economic inequality or a general dislike for a group of people that the government either provokes or cannot contain.

No matter how it unfolds, it will be a challenge and a threat that none of us have ever had to contend with.  It would be not only a SHTF situation in the practical sense of the word, but it would be mixed with a war in which we would have to choose sides or find a way to survive if we try to avoid getting involved.  It’s a scary proposition, and one that probably would not even be entertained by crazy conspiracy theorists out there. 

However, things have devolved so quickly in our society that what was once unimaginable is now a very real possibility.  Think about how an all-out civil war or insurrection would have an immediate, devastating and lasting impact on our way of life.  Then, think about how such a possibility would impact your SHTF preparedness and planning.  Chances are that some big changes will be necessary in order to accommodate this contingency.  Are you prepared?


How to Protect Yourself from Nuclear Fallout and Survive an Atomic Attack – 1950s Educational Film

How to Protect Yourself from Nuclear Fallout and Survive an Atomic Attack – 1950s Educational Film



The original title of this film is “Fallout: When and How to Protect Yourself Against It”.

About fallout:

Fallout (also fall-out) is the residual radioactive material propelled into the upper atmosphere following a nuclear blast or a nuclear reaction conducted in an unshielded facility, so called because it “falls out” of the sky after the explosion and shock wave have passed. It commonly refers to the radioactive dust and ash created when a nuclear weapon explodes, but this dust can also be originated in a damaged nuclear plant. Fallout can also refer to nuclear accidents, although a nuclear reactor does not explode like a nuclear weapon.

This radioactive dust, consisting of material either directly vaporized by a nuclear blast or charged by exposure, is a highly dangerous kind of radioactive contamination. It can lead to the contamination of aquifers or soil and devastate the affected ecosystems years after the initial exposure. A wide range of biological changes may follow the irradiation of animals and humans. These vary from rapid death following high doses of penetrating whole-body radiation, to essentially normal lives for a variable period of time until the development of delayed radiation effects, in a portion of the exposed population, following low dose exposures.

During the Cold War, the governments of the U.S., the USSR, Great Britain, and China attempted to educate their citizens about surviving a nuclear attack by providing procedures on minimizing short-term exposure to fallout. In the U.S. and China, this effort became known as Civil Defense.