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Welcome to this week’s Urban Survival Newsletter, sponsored by the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course, and UrbanSurvivalPlayingCards.com (Which Glenn Beck mentioned yesterday as a must have Christmas gift.)
If today’s newsletter doesn’t reinforce your decision to become more self reliant and store up food, water and supplies for upcoming shortages, then nothing will.
We’re going to talk briefly about riots, we’re going to look at some examples of “mob” mentality from the last few Black Fridays, AND I’m going to show you some videos of how primal people get when they’re hungry, food is limited, and they have to depend on food handouts to feed their families.
Let’s start by looking at a video from Black Friday, 2010. You might have to click on the video twice, depending on your browser:
That’s your fellow man…if you’re in the US, it’s your fellow Americans. It could be argued that people are fighting the crowds to buy gifts for loved ones, but they’re not fighting for food, water, medication, or other essentials. These people all got in line for non-essential goods.
As I’ve mentioned several times, the average city has enough food on the shelves to provide 9 meals for the population. If people are acting like this to save a few bucks on toys, games, and electronics, how much more aggressively will they act if a family member’s life depends on them getting what they’re after?
You might have to click on the video twice, depending on your browser
In this video, we have some great examples of riot behavior. I wouldn’t really call this a “riot” but it is a good example of a minor breakdown in civil order. I’ve set the video to start 38 seconds in…it’s 38 seconds of “boring and peaceful.” But a few seconds after that, you see someone reach in from the left hand side and take a box before they’re supposed to. What happens next is that EVERYONE starts grabbing at boxes. And this is important.
In a riot/mob/breakdown in civil order, there are some key components:
An agitator: Someone who’s increasing the intensity of emotions in the crowd. In this case, both the WalMart employee is agitating the crowd AND the crowd is agitating itself with pushing, facial expressions, and talking.
An instigator: This is the person who takes the first non-civil action.
A trigger: If the crowd isn’t sufficiently worked up, the instigator will be a loner and looked at as an oddball by the crowd. If the crowd IS sufficiently worked up, the actions of the instigator will trigger a response by the crowd.
Agressive follower: These are the people who won’t start the trouble, but are looking for any opportunity to cause trouble.
Sheep/Lemmings: These are the people who, once they see the instigator and aggressive followers breaking the rules/laws, will jump in because “everyone else was doing it.” This is when the unacceptable quickly becomes seen as acceptable and people who are ordinarily squared away get caught up in the moment. People who normally obey authority figures suddenly ignore them with reckless abandon.
This video is such a great example of this that you might want to watch it again. If you’re squeamish, it’s a great learning tool because there’s no real violence, people are laughing, and the behavior patterns are easy to spot. Once you start understanding mob/riotous behavior, your ability to identify and sense it will shoot through the roof.
Here’s another one showing pent up demand from a few years back:
You might have to click on the video twice, depending on your browser
And this one gets a little more ridiculous, with a headbutt 20 seconds in by a guy in a striped shirt and pushing/pulling that escalates to punching after 30 more seconds:
So, we’ve seen how Americans treat each other when luxury items are up for grabs. How does it look when survival is really on the line?
This next video is a PERFECT example why decentralized solutions, in the form of individual preparedness is the only effective way to survive disasters.
And one more food riot. This one in Somalia when merchants suddenly stopped taking the country’s official currency. Residents holding Somali Shilins that had value the day before were just stuck not being able to buy food for their families. Could this be what things look like here if the dollar collapses?
How do you avoid getting caught up in riots and mobs of people trying to get food after a disaster? One of the core fundamentals is to do everything you can now to make sure that you never have to become a refugee and depend on governments or aid organizations to provide food, water, shelter, and protection. In short, you want to have the ability to hunker down wherever you happen to be and Survive In Place when disaster strikes. This will give you the luxury of being able to choose to time your escape to a retreat location, or ride out the disaster right where you are when it happens.
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What are your thoughts on this? Any tactics you’ve developed for reading uneasy crowds? Any experience with riots and lessons learned? If so, please share by commenting below.
Until next week. God bless and stay safe!
P.S. I’ve already received more links to “riot” videos that I’ll post below, so keep checking back through the weekend. If you’ve got any good ones that teach specific lessons, please let me know..