Spent time knocking about SE Asia in my salad days as an E4. Had a first hand view of hell during the fall of Phnom Penh (over my shoulder as we were bugging out). It was a nightmare.
That being said, I have been reading folks here on the edge of blogdom writing about their sincere hopes for the fall of the US government. I really don’t know how to say this, so I will say it straight out, you are fools. You have no earthly comprehension of what true anarchy and an ineffective government looks like. Instead, you appear to have a turgid fantasy of yourself reprising any number of Mel Gibson roles. In this fantasy you have may or may not be wearing ripped clothing with your massive muscles showing through.
An unfortunately large minority of survivalist writing is in this genre. But sit down and think of what the fall of government has meant for the greater bulk of the time encompassed by “civilization”. For the most part it has meant savage repression of the general population by competing power centers, famine, massive social dislocations, and abject poverty. The “velvet”, and “Orange” revolutions were nothing of the sort. They were successful political changes, not revolution.
So there are folks out there who want it “brought on”, let’s fragment, lets go back to the good old days. But I am arguing right here and right now that the folks who wish this have too much time on their hands and not enough thought in their heads.
A much more fruitful use of your time if you are that disaffected is to emulate Dan W. over at Ashes, Ashes and get thee to your state legislature and start trying to change the system we have.