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Collapse of our civilization is a concerning scenario in which basic structures of society relatively rapidly fall apart and cause world-wide horrors such as chaos, wars, famine and loss of advanced technology. It is something that's very likely coming very soon: we are especially focusing on a very probable technological collapse (caused by badly designed technology as well as its wrong application and extreme overuse causing a dangerous dependence) but of course clues point to it coming from many directions (ecological, economical, political, natural disasters such as a coronal mass ejection etc.). Recently there has even appeared a specific term collapsology referring to the study of the potential collapse.

There is a reddit community for discussing the collapse at https://reddit.net/r/collapse. WikiWikiWeb has a related discussion under ExtinctionOfHumanity.

In technological world a lot of people are concerned with the collapse, notable the collapse OS, an operating system meant to run on simple hardware after the technological supply chain collapses and renders development of modern computers impossible. They believe the collapse will happen before 2030. The chip shortage and energy crisis of 2020s are one of the first warnings and shows how fragile the systems really is.

Ted Kaczynski, a famous primitivist murderer, has seen the collapse as a possible option. People like Luke Smith advocate (and practice) simple, independent off-grid living, besides other reasons in order to be prepared for such an eventuality as a collapse. Even proprietary normies such as Jonathan Blow warn of a coming disaster (in his talk Preventing the Collapse of Civilization). Viznut is another programmer warning about the collapse.

The details of the collapse cannot of course be predicted exactly -- it may come is an quick, violent form (e.g. in case of a disaster causing a blackout) or as a more agonizing slow death. CollapseOS site talks about two stages of the slow collapse: the first one after the collapse of the supply chain. i.e. when the production of modern computers halts, and the second (decades after) when the last modern computer stops working.

{ I've read a book called Blackout by Marc Elsberg whose story revolves around a large collapse of power supply in Europe. It goes into details on what the consequences would likely be. It's a nice read on the topic. ~drummyfish }

Late 2022 Report

It seems like the collapse may have already begun. After the worldwide Covid pandemic the Russia-Ukraine war has begun with talks of nuclear war already going on. A great economic crisis has begun, possibly as a result of the pandemic and the war, inflation is skyrocketing and breaking all records, especially gas and energy prices are growing to extremes and as a result basically prices of everything go up as well. Russia isolated itself, new cold war has begun. Many big banks have gone bankrupt. War immigrants from Ukraine are flooding into Europe and European fascists/nationalists seem to be losing their patience about it. People in European first world countries are now actually concerned about how not to freeze during the winter, this talk is all over TV and radio. The climate disaster has also started to show, e.g. in Czech Republic there was the greatest forest fire in its history as well an extremely hot summer, even tornados that destroyed some villages (tornados in this part of world are basically unheard of), winters have almost no snow unlike some two decades ago. Everything is shitty, food costs more and is of much lower quality as basically everything else, newly bought technology cannot be expected to last longer than a few months. Society is spoiled to an unimaginable level, extreme hostility, competition and aggressive commerce is everywhere, kids are addicted to cellphones and toxic social media, mental health of population rapidly deteriorates. Art such as movies and music is of extremely low quality, people hate every single new movie or video game that comes out. A neofascist party has won elections in Italy, in Czech Republic all socialist parties were eliminated from the parliament: only capitalists rule now -- all social securities are being cancelled, people are getting poorer and poorer and forced to work more and to much higher ages. Ads are everywhere and equate psychological torture. The situation now definitely seems extremely bad.

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