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What will happen to the world when we let our governments run themselves into the ground?

Asked by Drgrafenbergmd (387points) February 9th, 2010

When considering the current economic and social structures of America and the developed world, and the projections of our (America’s) inevitable implosion, I sink into a dark state of depression and empathy for those who depend on us, so please answer precisely and give just be true to yourself! With our economic fallout we have and will continue to, I believe, fall short on vital purchasing from world economies as well as the aid(water, food, education) that we have been granting around the world.
To be concise I will phrase my question strictly based around that: If or when the American/World economy goes belly up, where will the hardest hit areas be and what will happen there. Also, what are some methods to promote social change that could help to avoid this (either new or historically applied methods.)

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Violet's avatar

I don’t think our economy will inevitable go “belly up”, and I don’t think America will inevitably implode.
I think we are at rock bottom now, and that it will only get better.

Drgrafenbergmd's avatar

very positive, thank you

Violet's avatar

hypothetically if something were to happen (like a war that further puts the US in debt), I think we would get aid (money) from other countries (China)

Irishmar's avatar

run wild, run free…...

Irishmar's avatar

gp sleep in the Jefferson room in the White House, and have some friends over…..

Nullo's avatar

It’s the cycle of civilization. One is born, it grows, it peaks, declines, and ultimately dies. The survivors pick up the pieces, reassemble them into a new civilization, and the business starts over.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Prepare for the inevitable zombie uprising.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@Violet What a sad, sad assumption. We’ve gone worse before.

I think new governments will take the place of the ones run into the ground.

Bluefreedom's avatar

It’ll be anarchy! Fire and brimstone! Cats and dogs living together! Mass hysteria!

Cruiser's avatar

Hate to burst your bubble, the US is going to remain firmly on it’s feet, you will still have to get up and go to school or work, still have to pay your taxes. It’s just time to pay for the free ride of tax and spend policies gone bad. Sure other countries will suffer from our economic pull back but it is what it is…business as usual.

eponymoushipster's avatar

i, for one, welcome our new zombie overlords.

slick44's avatar

There will be theft oan death, people will become a bunch of mindless nuts doing anything and everything to survive.

kevbo's avatar

Regarding “aid,” it isn’t aid, exactly.

Also, the whole thing sounds better when you set it to music.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Bluefreedom But if they get it right, they’ll save the lives of millions of registered voters. :)

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Dr_Dredd. Exactly. Nice catch on that reference from Ghostbusters.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Bluefreedom One of my favorite movies…

TexasDude's avatar

I don’t think that the whole world will go belly up any time soon, and I hope it doesn’t, but if it did, the only people to survive would be the self-reliant.

wundayatta's avatar

Sigh. It’s hard to ask a useful question if you don’t know much about economics. It’s hard to ask a meaningful question if you don’t define your terms. Unless, of course, this is a joke, like most people have taken it.

First, an economy can’t go “belly up” because it isn’t a living being. It doesn’t float in an ocean or a fish tank.

Here’s something to think about. Right now, the US debt is up to one half of our annual GDP. Care to guess where England’s debt is at relative to GDP?

It’s 100%.

There’s a lot of hysteria in the media, just as there is when a snow storm is heading your way. That’s their job. They don’t have to know much. They just have to find a person who has an interesting way with words, and quote him or her.

If you want to really have a sensible conversation about the economy, you have to educate yourself. That’s what you have to do.

Drgrafenbergmd's avatar

@wundayatta bad job, I know eventually I will get a legitimate answer from a well informed person who can wrap their minds around the question, but your answer was a disappointment, please leave the thread or attempt to answer without snide comments on my vernacular (of course the economy isn’t a living thing, stop wasting my time).

Pazza's avatar

The current system of commerse will collapse, anarchy will run amock, martial law will be declared on a global scale, millions of people will die….....No, hang on, I’m sure that was a book.

@Bluefreedom – haha, did somebody shut down the protection grid?.

@Drgrafenbergmd – I know almost nothing about ecconomics, but the little I know of the game and how its played has taught me that a fiat money based system with exponetial debt to a cental bank can only lead to one thing. Slavery!

Ron Paul seems to have some good ideas.

As for the hardest areas to be hit, I would say that thay would be the most heavily industrialised, consumerist parts of any country, where people have lost the basic life skills to farm and live off the land. If you have these skills commerse need play no part in your life and thus not affect it.

My guess is the Indians will re-claim the Americas.

Berserker's avatar

China will take over. That’s what they’re waiting for.

Violet's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki what is “a sad, sad assumption.”??

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Pazza. They probably will before long. Where’s that 50 foot Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man when you need him?

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Bluefreedom He’s a sailor, he’s in New York; we get this guy laid, we won’t have any trouble!

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