How America’s cities may explode in minority violence

Over the last few years, and especially the last year, I have posted innumerable entries on the epidemic of black-on-white violence in this country and the systematic media and police cover-up of it. However, I have not expended much thought on how this violence may develop and spread in the future. Matthew Bracken, the author of several futuristic novels of a splintered America (and an occasional VFR commenter), has now written a long article that addresses that issue: “When The Music Stops—How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence.” It makes sobering and compelling reading. In the first part of the article, Bracken presents a scenario in which the federal government’s money runs out; EBT (food stamp) cards can no longer be used for buying food; and there is an eruption of urban riots similar to past riots but (given the power of social media and intensified Minority Urban Youth aggressiveness) on a much larger scale and of a much more threatening nature, with large numbers of white commuters being gravely wounded, killed, and raped at urban intersections and elsewhere. The second part of the article deals with the inability of the police to stem the riots (though a major gap in Bracken’s discussion is that he does not consider a National Guard mobilization). The third and longest part of the article deals with the “the suburban armed vigilante response,” involving detailed discussion of weapons and tactics.

Here I’ve copied the first part of the article:

When The Music Stops—How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots greater than those experienced in Los Angeles in 1965 (Watts), multiple cities in 1968 (MLK assassination), and Los Angeles again in 1992 (Rodney King). New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance. In fact, the proximate spark of the next round of major riots in America could be any from a long list cribbed from our history.

We have seen them all before, and we shall see them all again as history rhymes along regardless of the century or the generation of humankind nominally in control of events. But the next time we are visited by widespread, large-scale urban riots, a dangerous new escalation may be triggered by a new vulnerability: It’s estimated that the average American home has less than two weeks of food on hand. In poor minority areas, it may be much less. What if a cascading economic crisis, even a temporary one, leads to millions of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards flashing nothing but zeroes? Or if the government’s refusal to reimburse them causes supermarket chains to stop accepting them for payment? The government can order the supermarkets to honor the cards, but history’s verdict is clear: If suppliers are paid only with worthless scrip or blinking digits, the food will stop.


In my scenario, the initial riots begin spontaneously across affected urban areas, as SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) and other government welfare recipients learn that their EBT cards no longer function. This sudden revelation will cause widespread anger, which will quickly lead to the flash-mob looting of local supermarkets and other businesses. The media will initially portray these “food riots” as at least partly justifiable. Sadly, millions of Americans have been made largely, or even entirely, dependent on government wealth transfer payments to put food on their tables.

A new social contract has been created, where bread and circuses buy a measure of peace in our minority-populated urban zones. In the era of ubiquitous big-screen cable television, the internet and smart phones, the circus part of the equation is never in doubt as long as the electricity flows. But the bread is highly problematic. Food must be delivered the old-fashioned way: physically. Any disruption in the normal functioning of the EBT system will lead to food riots with a speed that is astonishing. This will inevitably happen when our unsustainable, debt-fueled binge party finally stops, and the music is over. Now that the delivery of free or heavily subsidized food is perceived by tens of millions of Americans to be a basic human right, the cutoff of “their” food money will cause an immediate explosion of rage. When the hunger begins to bite, supermarkets, shops and restaurants will be looted, and initially the media will not condemn the looting. Unfortunately, this initial violence will only be the start of a dangerous escalation.

The ransacked supermarkets, convenience stores, ATMs and gas stations will not be restocked during this period due to the precarious security situation. A single truck loaded with food or gasoline would be perceived to be a Fort Knox on wheels and subject to immediate attack unless heavily protected by powerfully armed security forces, but such forces will not be available during this chaotic period. Under those conditions, resupply to the urban areas cannot and will not take place. The downward spiral of social and economic dysfunction will therefore both accelerate and spread from city to city. These delays, in turn, will lead to more riots with the constant underlying demand that hungry people be fed, one way or another.

Catch-22, anyone? When these demands do not bring the desired outcome, the participants will ratchet up the violence, hoping to force action by the feckless state and national governments.

The “food riots” will be a grass-roots movement of the moment born out of hunger and desperation. It will not be dependent upon leaders or an underlying organization, although they could certainly add to the sauce. Existing cell phone technology provides all the organization a flash mob needs. Most of the mobs will consist of minority urban youths, termed MUYs in the rest of this essay. Which minority doesn’t matter; each urban locale will come with its own unique multi-ethnic dynamic.

Some locales will divide upon religious or political lines, but they will not be the dominant factors contributing to conflict. In the American context, the divisions will primarily have an ethnic or racial context, largely because that makes it easy to sort out the sides at a safe distance. No need to check religious or political affiliation at a hundred yards when The Other is of a different color.

We Americans are all about doing things the easy way, so, sadly, visible racial and ethnic features will form the predominant lines of division.

Would that it were not so, but reality is reality, even when it’s is a bitch.

Especially then.


In order to highlight their grievances and escalate their demands for an immediate resumption of government benefits, the MUY flash mobs will next move their activities to the borders of their ethnic enclaves. They will concentrate on major intersections and highway interchanges where non-MUY suburban commuters must make daily passage to and from what forms of employment still exist. People making a living will still be using those roads to get to where they earn their daily bread.

The results of these clashes will frequently resemble the intersection of Florence and Normandie during the Rodney King riots in 1992, where Reginald Denny was pulled out of his truck’s cab and beaten nearly to death with a cinder block. If you don’t remember it, watch it on Youtube. Then imagine that scene with the mob-making accelerant of texting and other social media technology added to stoke the fires. Instead of a few dozen thugs terrorizing the ambushed intersections, in minutes there will be hundreds.

Rioters will throw debris such as shopping carts and trash cans into the intersection, causing the more timid drivers to pause. The mobs will swarm the lines of trapped cars once they have stopped. Traffic will be forced into gridlock for blocks in all directions. Drivers and passengers of the wrong ethnic persuasions will be pulled from their vehicles to be beaten, robbed, and in some cases raped and/or killed. It will be hyper-violent and overtly racial mob behavior, on a massive and undeniable basis.

Some of those trapped in their cars will try to drive out of the area, inevitably knocking down MUY pedestrians and being trapped by even more outraged MUYs. The commuters will be dragged out of their cars and kicked or beaten to death. Other suburban commuters will try to shoot their way out of the lines of stopped cars, and they will meet the same grim fate once they run out of bullets and room to escape.

The mob will be armed with everything from knives, clubs and pistols to AK-47s. A bloodbath will result. These unlucky drivers and their passengers will suffer horribly, and some of their deaths will be captured on traffic web cameras. Later, these terrible scenes will be released or leaked by sympathetic government insiders and shown by the alternative media, which continue to expand as the traditional media become increasingly irrelevant.

Implausible, you insist?

This grim tableau is my analysis of age-old human behavior patterns, adding flash mobs and 2012 levels of racial anger to the old recipe. Early-teenage MUYs today are frequently playing “The Knockout Game” on full bellies, just for kicks, and proudly uploading the videos. They and their older peers can be expected to do far worse when hunger and the fear of starvation enter their physical, mental, and emotional equations. The blame for their hunger will be turned outward against the greater society, and will be vented at first hand against any non-MUY who falls into their grasp while they are in the thrall of mob hysteria. These episodes of mass psychology we will refer to as “flash mob riots”, “wilding”, or some other new name.

Matthew Bracken’s article continues here.

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Andrew B. writes:

The author lost me here when he left the real world: “the federal government’s money runs out.”

The Federal Government creates dollars. Every dollar that exists was created by the Federal Government and spent or minted into existence. It can create as many dollars as it wants, deposit them at the Treasury Account at the Federal Reserve, and hand them out to people on programs funded by Congress.

Bracken’s scenario will NEVER happen unless Congress decides our country needs to have a nationwide rebellion by starving people, which seems pretty farfetched.

Peter F. writes:

You quote Ann Barnhardt’s response to Matt Bracken’s article:

“Then comes full-blown chaos when the rioters realize that the cops alone can’t contain them. [LA replies: Like Bracken, Barnhardt omits a National Guard response.]

Your reply is correct; if civil unrest breaks out in a given city or region, the governor of that state can call out the National Guard to assist local and state law-enforcement in restoring order. However, bear in mind that many Army National Guard troops are deployed abroad, fighting Obama’s illegal wars. These troops—and their skills, arms and equipment—are thus unavailable stateside. If one is inclined to believe in conspiracy theories—and I am not necessarily arguing this is the case—one could argue that this is exactly as Obama and his advisors have intended. After all, the military consistently polls around 70 percent conservative-traditional; many of the folks in uniform would not necessarily be allies of the regime or its policies, should things get ugly. What better way to remove from the equation than to involve as many of them in foreign wars and deployments as possible? Moreover, Obama, as you have repeated pointed out, is using our armed forces to re-make the Middle East along lines favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood. With the stroke of a pen, he has not only removed a potential adversary from his field of view, he has also put them to work pursuing his agenda. Whatever else one may say about him, Obama and his people have proven to be apt tacticians, skilled in the dark arts of propaganda, disinformation and political warfare. The Republicans underestimate them at their, and our, peril.

Dan Kurt writes:

Don’t expect too much from the National Guard as the Guard is close to home in make-up which means it can’t be trusted to shoot its perceived brothers and sisters. That is why the FEDS need foreign and true military troops to do the dirty work.

I recommend CIVIL WAR II, a book 20 years old now but on target.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 10, 2012 01:15 PM | Send

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