Sunday, January 26, 2014
The Coming Dark Age by Roberto Vacca
I believe this. I have been in a country where there was no law at all, and no mechanisms associated with the rule of law. What Vacca says in that paragraph was all true.
Given the right circumstances, I'm sure it could happen here. At the core, we aren't any more civilized or any less barbaric than the people in that country. And now, we're just as balkanized and split by ethnicity, political affiliations and religious beliefs as they were.
I think what would happen here, in this county, is that the Sheriff would use his authority to call up "provisional deputies" , which means local volunteers with whatever equipment they have. In these mountains, in this culture, you could field a lot of heavily armed men that way. A great many of them would be people without much interest in sensitivity or philosophy. Many of the locals up here are very hard people.
I also think the county commissioners would gen out some bogus paperwork allowing them to take "for the common weal" anything they wanted from private citizens. Private property would cease to exist, and they wouldn't ask first. Someone like me, who has been carefully buying and storing food, medicine, ammunition, firearms and the like would be left without two sticks to rub together. I have no doubt the penalty for non compliance in times like Vacca is writing about, would be quite severe. Another reason to keep information that might lead to me obscure and sparse.
Where it would all come apart would be in trying to keep the Golden Horde out of here. With a major city three hours drive away, I don't think they could. All these roads they've built in the last 25 years, promising prosperity for all as a result, would be the end of us. I personally live far enough out from the roads, and deep enough in the forest that I might have a chance to escape the notice of freebooters. I suppose only the actual event will tell.
Maybe I'll live out my life before that happens, but I have a feeling this is coming sooner than most of us would credit.