Revisiting a post from late in 2018:
This was before the coronavirus catastrophe knocked the economy on its ass and 40 million people–disproportionately younger people–out of work, and knocked many more out of school. With vanishingly few arrests made and most of the arrestees given a slap on the wrist citation if charged with anything at all, these riots are unlikely to burn themselves out any time soon. If they are going to stop, they’re going to have to be stopped.
Local police forces are the obvious organizations to shut the riots down. But for political reasons, they’re unwilling to do so. These cultural power centers include a lot of people sympathetic to the destroyers. Not all Gothamites want Batman. Many hate Wayne and like Bane:
Does it then fall on president Trump to deploy the National Guard? There are political reasons working against him doing that as well. It bails out the Democrat mayors in the cities under siege. While the National Guard restores order, those same mayors and their cultural and media allies excoriate the Guard and the president for what will invariably be portrayed as a disproportionately harsh response. As is, the gaslighting is mostly limited to pretending undercover ‘white supremacists’ are behind all of this. They’d rather point to a real menace in the White House than be reduced to prevaricating about a phantom menace.
If the cities, states, and feds all stand down as the riots continue without abatement, what then? So long as the melees are confined to the cities, white (and non-white) flight will accelerate to the speed of light. People who are neither destroying nor financially insulated from the destruction will begin evacuating. It’s probably already happening. If the unrest continues for weeks or months, an exodus will get underway.
If marauders make for small towns and suburbia, things could really get kinetic. The locals, disgusted and desperate, may meet them in the street:
I remember well the mix of incredulity and mockery my warnings about the coming political dissolution were greeted with a decade ago. Predictions of the Soviet Union’s impending collapse seemed similarly absurd in 1982. By 1992, it was gone. America is coming apart before our eyes.