(by Half Dollar) The riots are coming.
It’s par for the economic collapse course.
Last week we got some “reports” of riots (protests?) coming out of China:
Here is another view of Hubei residents flipping over a Jiangxi police van.
What's nice about this view is that it clearly shows the Hubei police simply watching, if not helping, the Hubei civilians destroy Jiangxi police vehicles. pic.twitter.com/ueVKHbGxB5
— Things China Doesn't Want You To Know (@TruthAbtChina) March 27, 2020
This week, civil unrest is taking place in Italy, and to think, the United States is just a little bit behind Italy.
In Italy, however, with a more or less disarmed population, the riots have so far have been without major violence, or at least that’s what can be gleaned with a minimal internet search.
That is to say, the Italians are talking about snatching a bag from somebody walking home from the grocery store, but it’s not like the victim is stabbed and left to bleed to death, or worse:
#Bread and food riots in South Italy! In #Naples and #Palermo, where countless unemployed people live, supermarkets are being protected by police. The shelves are swept empty, customers carry home heavy shopping bags… that are snatched openly in the street.#coronavirus #Italy pic.twitter.com/MXA7dsPvwc
— peter patti (@peterpatti) March 28, 2020
The victims in Italy basically lose their groceries.
It’s unlikely the bag snatching in the US will go over as smoothly as it has in Italy, for reasons we’ll get to in a moment.
Curiously, the rioting (looting?) (forced redistribution?) (theft?) is also apparently coordinated in Italy, with some 20 people descending on a store to basically load up shopping carts with groceries and then attempt to leave without paying:
🇮🇹 Ayer se produjo un incidente en Palermo que ha hecho saltar las alarmas en el país. Una veintena de personas trató de sacar varios carros llenos de productos de un supermercado Lidl negándose a pagar. "Basta de estar en casa, no tenemos dinero para pagar, tenemos que comer". pic.twitter.com/bS2f0I1Fv3
— Descifrando la Guerra (@descifraguerra) March 28, 2020
I’ve personally witnessed a flash mob style loot of an Apple store at a mall not too long ago.
Basically, about six inner-city looking teens, who very well could have been adults, ran into the Apple store, started grabbing Macbooks, iPhones, Ipads and those kinds of items, and ran out after only a few seconds.
But when people get hungry and descend on the supermarkets?
Hungry people are desperate people, and desperate people do unpredictable things.
We can already see stores preparing for civil unrest all across the USA.
Here’s New York:
Pausing Luxury | NY SoHo boutiques boarded up as #COVID19 cases surge
— RT (@RT_com) March 29, 2020
— Zingales (@zingales) March 29, 2020
Here’s San Francisco:
San Francisco looks like a town expecting a Hurricane, with storefronts boarded up, and people lining up at stores, while others wander around without any apparent destination or plan, as if propelled by Brownian motion.
Everyone is waiting for Hurricane Covid-19 to crest. pic.twitter.com/XseFzhSuts
— 🆘 Save Our #SOMA 🆘 (@EsmeAlaki) March 30, 2020
And here’s the question: Just how long are those sheets of plywood going to fend off rioters and looters?
If those sheets of plywood don’t feel the burn of a Molotov Cocktail or the chop of an axe, the looters and rioters will probably take the plywood too!
Here’s the important question: How do we know the riots and the looting will be worse in America?
For several reasons, in no particular order of importance:
- Overworked, under-staffed, sick and quarantined police, law enforcement and US ‘military’ forces.
- No shared sense of community or country.
- Lack of family values and moral principles.
- An “oppressed” class (a.k.a. the urban poor) that has no problem offering up some “social justice” to big corporations.
- An ‘entitlement” class that thinks the government, businesses and “rich” individuals owe them something.
- Guns galore.
Those are just a few examples.
There are more.
Here’s the key takeaway, and I’ll offer it as a reminder: There’s nothing scarier than somebody who has nothing left to lose.