The more pessimistic types have always predicted or anticipated "the end of the world as we know it" - some sort of horrible social collapse and the chaos that would result. These are the mega-survivalist ones who hole up in the mountains with a bristling arsenal of guns and years' worth of stockpiled food.
But what would an economic and social collapse really be like? Would it be as bad as the gloomiest survivalist predicts?
Worse. Much worse.
I was largely unaware of the economic and subsequent social collapse in Argentina in 2001, but a reader just sent a link to a very long and utterly gut-wrenching account of what life was like in Argentina during this time. Remember that the writer's second language is English.
Astounding. Read it here.