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Silver Lining: Five Benefits of Societal Collapse

Okay, I can hear you out there, “Skip’s finally lost it. How can there be any benefit to societal collapse?” I agree, and I wonder about my own sanity at times. But isn’t that the difference between the sane and the mad? For a crazy person, their own sanity is never at issue, because, like Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, they don’t give a damn.

But I do care, if not for me then for my children and my grandchildren. Let there be no mistake about it: Our society is going to collapse. It’s a given. For America not to collapse would be unprecedented. I presume that all great and powerful societies had trouble conceiving their own demise … right up until the Persians conquered the Babylonians, until Alexander the Great defeated the Persians, until the Romans defeated the Greek empire and until the Romans were overwhelmed by the barbaric Gothic hordes, and so forth and so on. I’m not a smart man, but I see a pattern here. “Nothing lasts forever.”

So, I have to conclude: America is going to collapse; it’s not a question of if but when.

Any reasoning, thinking person can deduce the downside of societal collapse: chaos, violence on a mass scale, disease, famine, lawlessness, many millions upon millions upon millions suffering and dying. When there is widespread lawlessness, innocent people die. It is the way of things. People are not inherently good.

Question: Is there an upside to societal collapse?

Answer: Yes.

1. Smaller government – For two centuries the U.S. Government has been growing out of control. Repeated attempts to shrink it and return power to the people have failed. In a total societal collapse, the feds would no longer exist. The budget balanced. Barack Obama gone. Homeland security diffused and no longer violating our freedom. Food stamps – kaput. U.S. Department of Agriculture SWAT team – Kabluey! Gone forever (or until the next dictator takes over)

2. Return to God – In my study of world history, I’ve found that denying God is the redneck equivalent of saying “Hey Bubba! Watch this!” You just know that something bad is about to happen, so you hunker down and brace yourself for the inevitable blast. God is our Creator, the base of all things. To deny Him, ridicule Him, is to violate the metaphysical laws of nature. Once the government is no longer there to take care of people, they will return to God for spiritual and physical sustenance.

3. Return to family – The family is the building block of society. Societal collapse would force people to invest in the lives of the people in their families. By necessity we’d have to respect, protect and defend each other. The family would be forced to stick together for personal survival. No more one-night stands. No more out late with the secretary. Just love for your wife, even when she’s nagging you. You need her – she needs you. Kids would be forced to obey their parents. Any team is only as strong as its weakest link. You don’t work – you don’t eat. That is the natural order of things.

4. Return to community – Hillary Clinton once said “It takes a village to raise a child.” Of course, by “village” she meant “Federal government”. That’s a helluva big village. It doesn’t take a village to raise a child, just two parents who love them and mold them into productive, God-fearing members of the next society (currently under construction). However, it does take a village to build a church, build a road, help your neighbor bring in his crops, etc. And all this would happen much more efficiently without the iron-shackles of government oversight and enforcement.

5. Time slows down – Every day would become a challenge of its own. Work would be long and hard. But there would be time to sit and reflect on the important things in life. Many of us would have to spend the first six months just figuring out exactly what is important, because we never really knew. No more computers crashing. No more mission statements. No more conference calls. Just getting up with the sun, working in the dirt or hunting for food. Just self-sufficiency, but with that comes the ability to think, be still and cogitate the complexities of the universe.

I know some of you are thinking, “These are benefits?” to which my response is “We’re talking about societal collapse here! Did you expect a walk in the park?”

Besides, let’s face it, we brought this all on ourselves. As a society we have forgotten God. We traded our morality for a fantasy tryst with Miley Ray Cyrus twerking naked on a ball and chain. We killed our unborn babies for the same reason people climbed Mount Everest “It was there.” Many of us don’t even know if we’re men or women, much less how to act like a man or woman. We traded honor and self-sacrifice for green pieces of paper and praise from colleagues who will stab us in the back first chance they get.

But few people will read this article. I’ve noticed a commonality in my readership. When I slam Obama and the Democrats my articles are tweeted and shared all over the known universe. But when I talk of morality, return to God and family, few are interested.

Here’s a newsflash, Spanky: Politicians will not save us; they can only enslave us. So don’t expect the next election cycle to make a big difference. Don’t turn to politicians. Turn back to God and family. And, in the meantime, buy a lot of MREs.

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Skip Coryell

Skip Coryell lives with his wife and children in Michigan. Skip Coryell is the author of nine books including  Blood in the Streets: Concealed Carry and the OK Corral; RKBA: Defending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; The God Virus, and We Hold These Truths. He is the founder of The Second Amendment March and the President of White Feather Press. He is an avid hunter and sportsman, a Marine Corps veteran, and co-host of the syndicated radio show Frontlines of Freedom. Skip also hosts the weekly podcast The Home Defense Show, which can be heard 24/7 at For more details on Skip Coryell, or to contact him personally, go to his website at