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20 Things We Can Learn About The Future Of America From The Death Of Detroit

Do you want to know what the future of America is going to look like?  Just check out what is happening to Detroit.  The city of Detroit was once one of the greatest industrial cities in the history of the world, but today it is a rotting, decaying, post-apocalyptic hellhole.  Nearly half the men are unemployed, nearly half the population is functionally illiterate, more than half of the children are living in poverty and the city government is drowning in debt.  As economic conditions have gotten worse, crime has absolutely exploded.  Every single night in Detroit there are frightening confrontations between desperate criminals and exasperated homeowners.  Unfortunately, the police force in Detroit has been dramatically reduced in size.  When the police in Detroit are called, they often show up very late if they even show up at all. Detroit has become a lawless hellhole where violence is the currency of the streets.  If you want to survive in Detroit, you better be ready to fight because there are hordes of desperate criminals that are quite eager to take literally everything that you have got.  But don’t look down on Detroit too much, because what is happening in Detroit will soon be happening all over America.

The following are 20 things we can learn about the future of America from the death of Detroit….

#1 People don’t want to live where the stench of failure and decay is constantly in the air.  Back in the 1950s, Detroit was a teeming metropolis of approximately 2 million people.  According to the 2010 census, only 713,000 people live in Detroit today.  The U.S. Census Bureau says that Detroit lost a resident every 22 minutes during the first decade of this century.

#2 When the economy falls apart, desperate people will do desperate things and many homeowners will fight back.  Justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by a staggering 79 percent during 2011.

#3 In major cities where people are scrambling just to survive, any confrontation can quickly escalate into a life or death affair.  The rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is currently 2200% above the national average.

#4 When there is not enough money to go around, a lot of local governments will choose to cut back on police protection.  Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police for the city of Detroit.  Today, there are less than 3,000.

#5 The essential social services that you are enjoying today will not always be there in the future.  Officials in Detroit recently announced that due to budget constraints, all police stations will be closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

#6 Economic decay is a breeding ground for chaos and violence.  Last Friday and Saturday, a total of nine shootings were reported in the city of Detroit.

#7 More Americans than ever are realizing the benefits of self-defense.  The following is what 73-year-old Julia Brown recently told the Daily….

The last time Brown, 73, called the Detroit police, they didn’t show up until the next day. So she applied for a permit to carry a handgun and says she’s prepared to use it against the young thugs who have taken over her neighborhood, burglarizing entire blocks, opening fire at will and terrorizing the elderly with impunity.

#8 When crime gets go bad that the police are powerless to stop it, vigilante groups begin to form….

In fact, crime has gotten so bad and the citizens are so frustrated by the lack of police assistance that they have resorted to forming their own organizations to fight back.  One group, known as “Detroit 300″, was formed after a 90-year-old woman on Detroit’s northwest side was brutally raped in August.

#9 When criminals become desperate, they will steal literally anything that is not bolted down.  In Detroit today, thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the street lights that half of all the lights in some neighborhoods no longer work.

#10 As things fall apart, eventually a time comes when it is not even safe to drive down the road in the middle of the day.  100 bus drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear of being attacked on the streets.  The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were literally “scared for their lives“….

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

#11 One of the clearest signs of decline in America is the state of our education system.  Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit end up graduating from high school.  Many other major cities will soon have graduation rates similar to Detroit.

#12 When local governments run out of money they are forced to make tough choices.  After already shutting down dozens of schools, officials in Detroit have announced plans to close down 16 more schools.

#13 A growing percentage of Americans cannot even read or write.  This is a very frightening indication of what the future of America could look like.  According to one stunning report, 47 percent of all people living in the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

#14 Sadly, child poverty is absolutely exploding all over the United States.  Today, 53.6 percent of all children that live in Detroit are living below the poverty line.

#15 The employment situation in America is a lot worse than the government is telling us.  An analysis of census figures found that 48.5% of all men living in Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008.

#16 When a major city becomes a hellhole, home prices fall like a rock.  The median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

#17 When crime and looting become commonplace, homes in an area can become absolutely worthless.  Some homes in Detroit have been sold for a single dollar.

#18 When depression-like conditions exist in an area for a number of years, large numbers of people will move on to greener pastures.  As of a few years ago, there were more than 40,000 vacant properties in the city of Detroit.

#19 Just because we have a high standard of living today does not mean that will always be the case.  Detroit is just a rotting shell of what it once was, and what is happening to Detroit will happen to much of the rest of America very soon.  The following is what one British reporter found during his visit to Detroit….

Much of Detroit is horribly dangerous for its own residents, who in many cases only stay because they have nowhere else to go. Property crime is double the American average, violent crime triple. The isolated, peeling homes, the flooded roads, the clunky, rusted old cars and the neglected front yards amid trees and groin-high grassland make you think you are in rural Alabama, not in one of the greatest industrial cities that ever existed.

#20 When government finances collapse, politicians look for things to sell off and “privatize”.  Unfortunately, the Detroit city government is so broke that it is now considering selling off some of its most famous assets….

Now, the city of Detroit’s most venerable assets — from Belle Isle to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel — could end up on the auction block as the city fights for its financial life.

Facing mounting debt and the prospect of a state-appointed emergency manager, the city is looking at all options to shed expenses and raise revenue. If city officials can’t come up with a viable budget plan, an emergency manager would have the power to sell assets as part of a financial takeover of Detroit.

But Detroit is not alone.

Lots of other cities all over America are flat broke and out of options.

For example, just check out what is happening in Scranton, Pennsylvania….

Mayor Christopher Doherty is blunt when asked about a court order forcing his Pennsylvania city to pay about $30 million in wages withheld from police and firefighters under a state-approved fiscal recovery plan.

“I don’t have the money,” said Doherty, 53. As for the chance of borrowing the cash, more than half of the city’s projected general-fund revenue, he added, “there’s no financial institution that’s going to give me $30 million to pay it.”

The U.S. economy never recovered from the last major financial crisis, and now another one is on the way.

As the economy crumbles, so will the fabric of our society.

The American people are terribly spoiled and they do not possess the character to handle depression-like conditions with grace and dignity.

In the years ahead, we are going to see rampant rioting and looting in our major cities.  The crime sprees that we will witness in future years will be absolutely unprecedented.

Things did not have to turn out this way, but unfortunately the consequences of decades of really bad decisions are starting to catch up with us.

So what do you think the future of America will look like?  Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

  • Tom

    MadMax is just around the corner.

    • BenjiK

      It’s starting to look like it’s going to be a blend of Mad Max and Idiocracy.

      • chris

        LOL. Mike Judge was an oracle when he made that movie!!!

        • BenjiK

          Right on! Whenever I see people say or do something extremely stupid, I always think of Dax Shepard chewing on candy, staring at the TV and yelling “Go away, BATIN’….”

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hetaBX00wtI

  • Sarge

    Reminds me of the movie, “Escape from New York”.

  • Kevin

    That about hits the nail on the head. I live about thirty min. South of the D, and its even worse than your story. When this place blows, that’s my zombie shtf scenario.

    • Michael

      Kevin:

      Even worse? That is a very frightening thought.

      Michael

    • Chops

      Guess what Kevin, I live on the west side of Detroit and everyone is headed your way because houses are so cheap. So soon your neighborhood will look the same way. Detroit will soon be farmland again. I grew up here all my life and if you can make it here you can make it anywhere! Only the strong survive.

  • grandpa

    We have been used like the native american and with our help of advancements in technology were no longer needed….

    • DaytoDay

      “Sins of the fathers”

  • David H

    The amazing thing about all this is that most people in the States are living in a state of denial with self seeking, self promoting selfishness, and addiction to mindless consumerism, sports addiction, alcohol or drug abuse. Very few people believe we are heading for tough times! Simple math tells you we are heading to destruction. We live on a round planet with limited, finite resources and we are just past 7 billion people on the planet of which a high majority are living in poverty, starvation, un-employment, and fear!

    • Walter Lonsdale

      That’s not even a coherent thought.

  • Rodster

    Sounds like a Mad Max society. :/

  • Wilson

    My grandfather, a Russian emigrant during the time of the Czar, worked at Chrysler as a machinist. He made a comfortable living for his wife and 3 daughters. This is tragic.

  • Rodster

    And in other news:

    “Moody’s adjusts ratings of 9 European sovereigns to capture downside risks”

    http://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-adjusts-ratings-of-9-European-sovereigns-to-capture-downside–PR_237716

    • Michael

      Yes, I saw that.

      More bad news from Europe.

      Michael

    • Alasha

      And the stock market goes up!! Is this the twilight zone? mmmmm

      • Tim

        The Plunge Protection Team is on the job. ;-)

        • Alasha

          lol… i 4got abt them, Tim!!

    • jox

      Anglosaxon finantial agents are less powerful every single day. Every attack they make has a smaller impact.

  • http://conservativemormonmom.blogspot.com Eva

    I think that if we don’t get this election right – voting in responsible representation in all elections – that we’ll see a lot more crime but also a lot more good from humanity. The inner cities where morals and decency are never taught will become worse like Detroit. I’ve lived in such places. Other places, where people care about each other (where I’ve also lived), they’ll rely on each other to help with education, growing food, etc. Faith in God will be stronger. It will be a nice alternative (for those people) compared to relying on the government, but those would be very lean times.

    • rancher

      It is beyond a political fix now.

    • Nexus789

      Who are you voting for? You have no choice. The two parties are two sides of the same coin and controlled by the same people that pull the strings. The politicians and paid for and owned.

    • Walter Lonsdale

      It’s not elections. It’s parents raising their kids instead of expecting a faceless, Godless government doing it.

  • bojangles

    I usually like this blog,but recently, I am having a hard time believing this. The national news should be all over this,but I haven’t heard anything. Your either a propagana expert or an excellent reporter. If the latter is the case,can you provide some proof of this?

    • tak

      I live next to detriot this blog is spot on do you think people want to hear about 90 year old ladies getting raped,things are much worse,try youtube detriot there are some of good vids on what is really going on

    • tak

      bojangles yea mike sits in front of his computer and just makes this stuff up I have been along time reader of this blog he does his homework and I for one loves everything he puts here keep up the good work mikey

      • Alasha

        yay, tak! spot on!

    • Orio

      I hope you realize that national news from site like CNN or Fox, are run by big corporate companies. Most of the time, they won’t run stories that would not give them profit, nor give these companies a bad name, such as this one.
      Also, every thing he wrote up there have been linked to reliable sources, I don’t know how that wouldn’t be enough proof for you.

    • D

      Bo – you got it the other way around. The mainstream news is the actual propaganda. Use this site and other alternative sites to research corruption in economics, politics, and other spectacular things in the world. If you are new to this, that’s good. You are on the verge of awakening brother.

      Take a drive through Detroit sometime. I did last year – it was scary.

    • BenjiK

      Michael provides a link for every statistic in each example, they are highlighted in blue. His willingness to provide direct links to support his data is one of the reasons this blog is becoming so popular. In a sea of unsubstantiated op-ed pieces dominating the MSM, it’s refreshing to read up-to-date articles backed by fact-based statistics instead of unbridled emotion and bias.

      • Alasha

        too cute Benjik….”Michael provides a link for every statistic in each example, they are highlighted in blue” ….. umm, if someone doesn’t know what link is and wat it looks like … maybe they should “Step away from the computer”… ya think. lol

    • http://myadventuresinselfreliance.wordpress.com/ Jamie

      Greece vate and Athens was burning to the ground yesterday 150 buildings destroyed and I bet all you saw was tributes to Whitney. Brilliant little sheep.

    • Alasha

      It is tuff 2 drink it all in bcuz of the speed of everything that is happening, however, Michael usually always references and links to other documented articles. He has a way of pulling it all 2gether in a concise, articulate way – a sure sign of a GOOD REPORTER!! Yay, Michael. smile. thank you for all your work.

      • Michael

        Alasha:

        Thank you for the kind words. I try to document everything as much as I can so people can go look up the facts for themselves. :)

        Michael

      • BenjiK

        lol, I guess sometimes stating the obvious is a good way to make a point, no? :0

        • BenjiK

          Sorry, this was a response to your comment a few boxes above.

    • mondobeyondo

      Don’t count on the national news ever saying anything bad about Detroit.

      Disney and CBS’s stock shares would plunge.

    • John W.

      If a republican becomes president you will hear about it 24/7 365 days a year. Obama can do no wrong to the corrupt media. We were just invited to a friends daughters graduation this June over in Lost wages. She mentioned that out of a senior class of 900 only fifty can graduate. Great future ahead for the nation with that kind of performance from the schools. Have you ever been to Detroit or even left your house in the last twenty years? Detroit was bad back in the mid sixties. The 67 riots and fifty years of Dem rule have finished it off.

    • M

      You’re kidding, right?? The “national news”? Would this be the same national news that has covered the Whitney Houston OD for days now? Make no mistake, they are there to distract you…not inform you.

    • Carter Burger

      bojangles, the reason the media is not covering this is because Detroit is been run by Dems for years. That’s why it’s in the mess it’s in. If you are depending on the lamestream media for validation, you’ll be waiting a very long time.

    • sm1ofakind

      For proof, all you need to do is plan your next vacation in Detroit. You’ll see.

  • Larry

    Unfortunately the problem is nit just debt it’s bad management. There are things that could be done to fix these situations. It’s not cuts and raising taxes, it’s cuts to worthless programs, not cuts to the police. The liberals in charge of these places always cut the things that government should do and not the waste.

  • mike

    what we need is more government regulation

    • Nexus789

      I think you need a revolution to sweep away the people that are destroying your country. More government under the current model will do little as government produces nothing and the end point will be collapse as debt spirals out of control.

  • http://worldendsat5newsat11.blogspot.com Tony Lamb

    Can you say Beirut – back in the 80’s.
    We have shipped off our wealth, shipped our jobs overseas, our politicians are corrupt, our big business makes bad decisions knowing full well the government will bail them out.
    Seems everyone is out for themselves and to screw anyone and everyone. No wonder we are where we are. Seems no one cares…
    See how to survive the coming economic collapse
    http://surviving12-21-2012.blogspot.com

  • r.bitting

    God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds: who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they… Hebrews 1:1-4

    • Gary2

      Blame it on the Nephelim dude or maybe gog. I think Godzilla killed Magog.

      • N. Daniels

        Thanks G2 for bringing such a blessing to R. Bitting, he certainly deserves it. Hope I am there to see him get his reward on your behalf.
        Matthew 5: 11 “God blesses you (R.Bitting) when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

        • Gary2

          For a great reward awaits you in heaven.

          How does this fill my empty stomach RIGHT NOW?

          • N. Daniels

            I doubt your stomach is empty and even if mine was, I would prefer a few days of starvation followed by an eternity in heaven. Not sure what it is about your empty stomach that makes you want to make fun of one of God’s messengers but not surprising because I haven’t been sure of anything you have posted on here since I have been reading this blog. It is like you are living on a completely different planet than most on here. THis life has nothing to do with politics and economies and all the other junk that is being brought up day after day. This life is but a split second compared to eternity in heaven and I am far more interested in working toward the permanent than wasting my time on the temporary. God loves you and so do I. Praying that you will come to an understanding of just what that means before its too late.

          • DB200

            Gary2,

            It will not fill your stomach. But that is not the point, you don’t live by bread alone, that’s for sure.

            God answers to people who seek him. If you don’t believe in God or don’t want to know him, you will not experience that there is a God. But that does not mean that there is not a God present.

            Imagine a treasure, buried in the ground. Nobody sees it or knows about it, but that does not mean it is not there. Only if you have a map and look for it, you may find it. The same goes with God: Jesus is the treasure, the bible is the map.

      • justamom

        Dear Gary 2,
        Just a few thoughts…
        You are obviously an intelligent man, have had many experiences that have taught you valuable life lessons, and you do a good bit of reading from sources all over the Internet. I would like to encourage you spend a little time researching comments (like r.bitting’s) to discover what he is trying to communicate. Instead of poking fun about Gog/Magog, why not read the Bible for yourself and find out what Gog/Magog is really all about. For someone so widely read, you know precious little about God’s Word, the most widely published book in all of human history. It seems that 2012 is a good year for a change…

  • Mac Wilson

    ************ are those some sobering stats. I live on edge of a large southern city – can’t leave due to military status but hope conditions here don’t become so desperate. Thank you for the great article.

  • newton

    The overidding theme here is one of change. As a business, corporation, state, government. person, etc. etc. you must be willing to change.

    Things change; and all of the above resist with
    everything available to them.

    Detroit is the perfect example of this ! In the 1970’s the big three had become extremely wealthy and extremely bloated ! So bloated that the average assembly line “worker”
    was making between 40 and 60 grand a year with
    FULL benefits. ( In 1970’s ! )

    And —— they were churning out JUNK !! The cars and trucks were friggin’ crap!! They were gas guzzling; fume spewing; low horsepower rust buckets with drivetrains that were better suited for haywagons.

    Enter Japan

    And the rest as Paul Harvey liked to say — is history.

    Our bloated workers cranking out junk on Hostess twinkies, Coca Cola and 30 bucks an hour
    retire early at 52 and on the Union gravy train
    until 20 years after you die.

    VS

    Motivated employees making a quality product with extensive R&D – reinvestment and incentive programs; which included employee investments into said corp.

    Now – who in the hell is ************* whom here people – WE are the ones who invented the damn tire and then pissed it down the drain – if Chas Goodyear were alive today; he would be damn sick I assure you

    There is not enough time and space here to list the others who would be quite ill for our lack
    of morality; vision and outright disdain for ethic on every level.

    Detroit indeed !

    I don’t even want to hear about it !

    • nowwthen

      newton,

      When you make a ridiculous claim such as:

      “the average assembly line “worker”
      was making between 40 and 60 grand a year with
      FULL benefits. ( In 1970′s ! )”

      you appear to be either uninformed or deceitful. Either way your credibility is shot!

      There were enough real problems with the auto industry. You don’t need to invent your own.

      • http://YAHOO RICHARD

        I CAN TELL YOU THAT IN 1981 ABOUT 10 YEARS AFTER THAT I WAS MAKING $9.99 A HOUR. WE NEVER GOT MUCH OF A PAY RAISE AFTER THAT. WE WOULD GET A LUMP SUM CHECK EVERY YEAR SO THE COMPANY DIDN’T HAVE TO GIVE US A RAISE. WE DID GET COST OF LIVING RAISES. WE WOULD GET A PERCENTAGE OF THE COST OF LIVING. MOST OF THE EMPLOYEES HAD 401 K PLANS AND WERE INVESTED IN G.M. IN MY CASE AND SOME OF THEM LOST THERE LIFE SAVINGS I HAVE A FEW FRIENDS THAT I KNOW OF THAT LOST 140,000 DOLLAR WORTH OF STOCK OR MORE SO I DON’T HEAR ABOUT THE SHARE HOLDERS THAT LOST MONEY WHAT ABOUT THE STOCK HOLDERS.

        • DaytoDay

          $9.99-1981 = $25.02-2011

          So, I guess Michael was right…

          Inflation calculator

  • http://www.YouTube.com/thepreparedpastor Prepared Pastor

    I believe the future America will look like many third-world countries I have visited. Poverty is rampant and while there are things like our typical convenience store they are few and far between and for a minority of those who can afford it. Hard assets like building materials and manufactured goods are in short supply and relatively expensive. Every retailer has a couple guards with AK-47s on either side of the front door. Their homes truly are their castles with tall block fences topped with broken glass and almost no one goes out at night. Despite this, they survive and often appear happier, maybe because the rely so much more on relationships for contentment than we do in the states.

  • http://myadventuresinselfreliance.wordpress.com/ Jamie

    The horrendous property taxes can be be some of the blame for homes not selling even though the price is so low.
    When you are paying more in property taxes (rent to the city) than you are paying on your Mortgage you will never recover.

  • REED RICHARDS

    The future for amerika will unfold as you stated. But I would take slight umbridge when you say that amerikans will not handle the coming collapse and depression like conditions with “grace and dignity”. Seriously? Since when has any society ever handled full economic meltdown and collapse with depression like conditions with “grace and dignity”…….?????

  • REED RICHARDS

    Michael,

    Speaking of handling depression like conditions with “grace and dignity”, have you seen the goings on in Greece lately?

    • Michael

      Yes, it is true.

      Greece is another example of where we are headed.

      Michael

      • Giovanni

        Few places in Europe, Greek included, look even nearly as despicably ugly as the typical US American suburbia, let alone stinking hellhole-like places such as Detroit, believe it or not.

        • REED RICHARDS

          I would tend to agree with that. When an amerikan city gets rundown, it gets really rundown…………

        • Melissa

          I am from Europe and I agree to that, but don’t forget the innercities.

          I did visit elterly relatives in the early Nineties in K.C. Mo. a couple of times.
          The Innercity at the time did not look that much different as Detroit today.
          The difference is, that these city had some improvements till today.

          Run down, aboned, boarded up houses, so called streets with nothing like potholes.
          destroyed non working, street lights,
          wild dogs running in packs in the middle of the city. Just when Iwas theire I witnessed 2 drive by shootings, down the blog and sure enough drug houses on every corner. My brother in law got shot as he dried to prevent a carjacking of his fathers car, right in front of the house.

          The Corner Store looked more like prison cells. Bars on windows and doors, not much choises of fresh food and vegtables ever.
          My relatives thought I was crazy just walking around the blog with my little nephew.
          They lived all theire live in these part of the city and did not want to leave their house, but saw with great sadness the neigborhood going down the drain.

          Oh and they had an average of nearly 50% unemployment in these early nineties to. On every corner liceur store, droves of men where hanging out.

          Inner Cities where bad at the time now these detoriation will take over whole cityis and somesuburbs , like the tendicles of an octopus. Is a very sad situation for the american people.

          I apolozise for writiing mistakes. English is not my first language.

    • jox

      What you see from Greece in the news is political violence against government and police. For what I read it seems that everyday life is not affected by violence and that the crime ratios are quite low. I do think that some countries are able to handle the depression with dignity. We will see the US. Too much gangs and too much guns, in my opinion.

  • mark

    How America will look depends on where you are. Cities that are broke will decline and will be lawless waste lands. Other than some law breakers now and then, where we live will not change much. There isn’t anything here but trees and pastures. A fire can change it for a while but in 30 years the trees are ready to harvest again. If no body has any money, stuff will not be built here. Anyway, the zoning laws here state that you need to have at least 160 acres to build a home. Unless you have a grandfathered lot not much will ever change as long as the tree huggers run the government here. There will not be to much crime out here as most have the tools to protect their property. The local law enforcement already can only come by after the fact in most cases. Our county is so large that it takes a long time to get anywhere. So as things get worse and people get tired of the added crime, they will self police their areas. Neighbors will have to band together to protect livestock if things get real bad. We have plenty of wood to heat our homes and we have plenty of clean water to drink and grow our freedom gardens. I feel sorry for the folks that live in thr cities and suburbs. Things will get real mean when the government checks stop flowing each month. You should prepare so that you can survive and get together with neighbors that you can trust to for a neighborhood watch that could transform into a neighborhood law enforcement group. Unless you have a place that is set up already with friends or that you own and visit often bugging out will not work. Better to stay put where you have most of the things that allow you to be comfortable.

    • DaytoDay

      Mark,

      I agree that you are prepared and ready.

      But what are you going to do, if the FBI come knocking on your door to take you and your family away to a FEMA camp?

      It’s good to prepare, but I don’t think anyone should get “too comfortable” because you never know when you might need a plan B…

    • nowwthen

      It sounds like you have built a good life in a good place for yourself and your family. Congratulations! Zoning that requires 160 acres for building sounds extreme but I sure wish I lived around there.

  • tak

    I live in upper MI and only go to detroit for the red wings games its is shocking to go there, some streets have 6 to 7 houses in a row that are half burnt these houses are drug houses that people take over and live in they make fires to stay warm but end up burnt, garbage is every where I saw a mattress on the side of the road and people at every corner with a cup pan handleing,one man had a cup and bottle of bozze,I could never live there

  • Robert

    “…groin-high grassland make you think you are in rural Alabama” -I live in Alabama, and it is not like that here!

    • jack nichols

      I am moving to Alabama from California, I can hardly wait.

    • Jorma

      Sorry to hear that. Think I’d rather live in Uzbekistan

  • Kevin2

    Camden NJ has a 40 year jump on Detroit when New York Ship, RCA and Campbell Soup left town. Allentown Pa got a heads up too. What was the exception is now becoming the rule.

    The youth need to move to where there is abundant Natural Gas and Farming.

    • JDubya

      Campbell Soup never left Camden. It’s alive and well.

  • Ozmo

    Michael,

    good article, I had to take some time away from the doom and gloom, I know you are telling it like it is, but had to do my part and continue my prepping. Thank you for the time you put into this.

  • LowDog

    It has been said that a nation has the morality it can afford. Perhaps the inverse is true. During the Great Depression our parents exhibited a grace,courage and decency that is now largely forgotten. When the Great Collapse comes, will our older generation find their lost voice and, finally, lead, truly lead, rather than accept the platitudes of inept materialism? On the day of his assassination, President kennedy was to have delivered an address that included these words from Psalm 127: “Unless the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.” Detroit should be a solemn warning to all of us of the price we will pay for abandoning our moral ethic and our Judeo-Christian heritage.

  • craig

    When the lights go out in Detroit, our Galtian course will be set

  • Kenny

    Remember the Roman Empire, it was not defeated by an outside enemy, it self destructed from with in. The people in America and some on this blog cannot face reality, that something like this could happen to the good old USA. Galatians Chapter 6 tells us to not be deceived for God is not mocked. for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap. This applies to a nation also. We are beginning to reap the consequences of our sowing. God’s truth is indestructible. May God have mercy on us.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    A Great Business to be in right now would be the manufacturing of kleenex somebody will make a bundle when the tears start flowing. Me, I have the mossberg on one side the remington on the other and the smith and wesson in the middle
    with me. Oh,well I Won’t need any kleenex

  • whtmtngirl

    I was born in Detroit in ’67, my parents moved to CA in’72. I have happy early childhood memories of block parties, neighborhood pancake breakfasts, families I can still name. Went on google earth recently and saw smashed windows and graffiti.

  • D

    When the dollar collapses, it will be interesting to see how many cities will crumble to levels worse than Detroit…..in a few days.

  • godsofold

    Michael,

    First off, great article. Second, do you have instances of other cities that are on par with Detroit and it’s current state? I know Camden NJ, is an absolute nightmare. I just wonder how fast and where else this decay is taking place.

    Thanks

    • Michael

      There are areas of Baltimore and St. Louis that are in similar shape.

      And there are some areas of California that are absolutely frightening.

      Michael

      • Melissa

        Yes Michael that’s is so true.
        I was visitin for example East St. Louis and Parts of L. A.
        I was visting also when the 92 Rodney King riots happened.
        I also know Inner City Baltimore.

  • AO

    The other day I tried to tell my father that the United States could be on the edge of very tough economic times. I told him that we could end up with 50% unemployment. He said he didn’t want to think about it. I guess he would rather watch TV. I think that’s how most Americans feel. Honestly…the actors and directors in Hollywood are the real influencers of this country. They are the leaders here – not politicians. It’s no wonder we are in trouble!

  • Chin

    I am from China, heard there’s a lot of black people in Detroit. Maybe we can exchange 750,000 Chinese with 750,000 blacks on a foreign exchange program? We will be willing to work for $2.00/hour the remainder of our lives so our children can gain U.S. citizen ship. We did not know you can buy a house for US$1.00 – that’s a good deal. I would like to buy a dozen.

  • Gary2

    Another racist speaker at CPAP-brimlow, Peter admitted White Nationalists Agree: Multiculturalism is Bad‎ The American Prospect, February 9, 2012

    I do not care what conservatives say about them thinking they are not racist. I look at what they do. Here is yet more proof that 95% of conservative/repube are in fact racist.

    • Xander cross

      I agree Gary. I personally think they enjoy being racist and the love attacking the poor, and yet, they use credit cards to pay their groceries.

    • DB200

      Michael posted the following blog:
      http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/according-to-a-new-dhs-report-if-you-love-individual-liberty-of-if-you-believe-in-conspiracy-theories-you-are-a-potential-terrorist

      The report Micheal refers to mentions (a.o.) the following:

      Page 9: “For instance, Putnam (2007) has argued that at least in the short term neighborhood ethnic diversity reduces social solidarity and social capital thereby reducing social trust and increasing feelings of isolation. In support of his argument, Putnam finds that in the United States, higher levels of ethnic diversity in a neighborhood are related to lower levels of trust.”

      So when the great melting pot arrives next door, there goes the neighborhood.

      Page 26: “Clearly, the positive relationship between the proportion of the population that is Black non-Hispanic/Latino and ordinary crime is pronounced”. No racism here, just the facts.

    • Walter Lonsdale

      Multi Culturalism IS bad for the country. We need people that will stand with others that are NOT their race.

  • Gary2

    White Supremacists Showcased At CPAC Conservative Conference, News One, February 9, 2012
    Republicans Invite Racist to Speak at CPAC, Gather.com, February 09, 2012

    http://www.vdare.com/

    Racist racist racist. You conservatives can deny it all you want the facts are plain for all to see!

    • Walter Lonsdale

      Yeah? You should research Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.

  • Gary2

    This is what happens when we do not tax the rich and spread the wealth.

    • Rodster

      You are more predictable than the NYC Subway system. :P

    • Walter Lonsdale

      This is exactly what happened! This is why people are staying on welfare. Socialism.

  • sensetti

    Look at the demographics of Detroit in 1950 it was 83.5% white, in 2010 it is 10.6% white. Looks like there has been some major white flight out of Detroit over the last 60 years. Does anyone know if Detroit might have a gang problem by any chance?

  • McKinley Morganfield

    Ah Detroit, the dis-utopia created by the left side of the bell curve. This is what America has to look forward to under the leftists. Detroit is a ‘community organizer’s’ dream come true. Sow chaos, crime, and corruption to make the sheep dependent upon the wolf. When will we ever learn?

    • Walter Lonsdale

      You hit the nail on the head…We still have time people WAKE UP!!

  • bobcat

    Within the next couple decades, the population of the US will be reduced to about 30-50 million people. 100 million or more will die in the strife that is coming and more will starve during and after the strife.

  • BenjiK

    The best thing for Detroit right now would be federally-subsidized cable/satellite TV service. Then the citizens of the Motor City could simply flip on the tube and see that we are in the midst of a huge economic recovery. Obviously Detroit hasn’t gotten the memo from the White House……..

    • Michael

      That made me smile. :)

      Michael

      • BenjiK

        I think it’s vitally important to maintain a sense of humor, now more than ever. It’s even more important to have the ability to laugh at ourselves, no matter how dumb we act sometimes. Like I always say, God must have a sense of humor, He made me! :)

  • Ed_B

    Ladies and gentlemen, friends, neighbors, and countrymen: What we are witnessing in Detroit now is like cancer in that it will spread to other areas of the USA as we realize more and more of the leftist Utopian dream of total equality (of misery). As it does it will be for a reason that the leftists will never suspect. They are but tools in this, for this is what I refer to as “The Testing” (TT). It is the fate of the God-less to undergo testing that they might finally suffer so much that they either die or reach within themselves and find that tiny spark of God-stuff that we all have. By nurturing this spark and others who similarly find it, we will recover from this idiocy and go on to build a much better, more caring, and more loving society. Of course, many will not survive TT. This too is for a reason. Not since the time of Noah has there been a testing of the magnitude of which we are about to behold. Prepare. Be strong. Gather your family, friends, and neighbors unto you. Band together that you might be saved and grow stronger. Above all, have faith in God, in yourselves, and in the new nation that is to be. Peace and blessings to all.

  • Alasha

    And the stock market goes up!! Is this the twilight zone? mmmmm.

  • Golden Child

    Much of America is like Detroit. America is rotting from California to West Virginia to Baltimore. It’s the same song across the United States. High unemployment, falling rent and or house prices, massive police lay-offs, giant spikes in crime accompanied by a rising cost of living and fewer job opportunities. Vallejo and Oakland, California are very much like Detroit. Vallejo ranked as the ninth most miserable city in America according to Forbes. Oakland and Vallejo have laid off nearly half of their police forces. You can get an apartment in Vallejo or Oakland for $200-600 a month although the median monthly rent in California is well over a thousand dollars with Bay Area rent being generally higher. There is a reason why rent is so comparably dirt cheap in those cities. San Francisco-Oakland-Vallejo collectively make up the car-theft capital of the United States. Northern CA cities like Oakland, Richmond and Stockton are regulars on the top ten most dangerous cities in America list. Baltimore, MD is also very much like Detroit with its thousands of abandoned rowhomes, high concentration of Black poverty, drugs and violence. Camden, NJ, East St. Louis, Gary Indiana are all no different from the D. Even large sections of wealthy world class cities like DC, NYC and San Francisco are impoverished quasi-third world hellholes. Southeast DC has the highest unemployment rate of anywhere in America despite the fact that DC is the richest city and metro in America. NYC has the widest income inequality gap of any metro area. Massive swaths of NYC are dangerous towering project buildings packed with working poor minorities. SF is home to some of the most sub-standard public housing in America in neighborhoods like Hunter’s Point, Sunnydale and Potrero Hill. America has been rotting from the core since at least the 70’s.

  • Craig

    What will America look like? It will look like a place where an awful lot of people are unemployed and just trying to survive. Hopefully the large grocery stores like Krogers will continue to give away their expired and out-of-date items to the church and food ministries.

  • mondobeyondo

    The Maryvale neighborhood (in which I happen to live), is Phoenix, Arizona’s version of Detroit.

    Jon Talton’s excellent blog sums it up here…

    http://roguecolumnist.typepad.com/rogue_columnist/2012/01/phoenix-101-maryvale.html

    Don’t laugh. Your neighborhood is about to become the same. Yes, we’re building tomorrow’s slums today.

  • David M

    If we survive and avoid a complete collapse. Wishful thinking.

    But if we only go depression and start recovering. Everything the failed cities did will be learned from. The corruption, Unions, and entitlements will have to be avoided for new cities to rise.

    Technology is not advanced enough to give a free ride to everyone.

  • mondobeyondo

    I’m in hell – and I’m not even dead yet!!

    (okay, that wasn’t funny. I tried.)

  • jack nichols

    Back in 1959 my Dad and I drove to Detroit from Des Moines Iowa. It was thrilling to see such a beautiful thriving city we visited the Ford museum and other attractions I still have very fond memories of that trip. Then in 1976 I went there to visit my in-laws. Detroit was starting to experience problems I remember going to a area close to downtown that was rows of mansions abandoned by auto executives and were starting to become dilapidated because of lack of maintenance. Now Detroit has spiraled into a hopeless hellhole that I will never visit again for fear for my life. It is very sad to see this icon of American industry collapse into rubble. Fortunately I learned from this lifelong experience and am preparing for the eventual collapse of America. Very real…very sad

  • Scott

    Michael,

    I have been reading along for a while now and thank you for all of your informative articles and hard work. In your opinion, what other cities (besides the aforementioned ones) do you see as teetering dangerously close to becoming the next wave of “Detroits”?

    • Michael

      Scott:

      I think if you look at cities like Camden, New Jersey and Cleveland, Ohio they are in similar shape.

      And there are other dozens of other cities across the country that are headed for similar fates.

      Michael

  • Donald Wilson

    It won’t matter what you do, the gov. is going to swjoop in when the s…. hits the fan and implement martial law. Welcome to FEMA camp. Remember the NDAA law.

  • http://goldenladyfun.blogspot.com Pat

    Detroit died a long time ago. I used to live and worked there.

  • realitycheck

    No complaints here cause the people voted for status quo and continue to vote for the next status quo candidate.

    • Walter Lonsdale

      You’re right. They will vote for the candidate that will give them the most money from the treasury….I don’t remember who said that…..

  • david

    I know Detroit well. It is a place of ruin, but the thing is it has been for a long long time. It was never rebuilt after the riots in the 1960’s. After those riots it was and is a mess,it was never cleaned up and only one small area by the river was rebuilt.For many years Detroit held 2 titles,one was the Murder Capital of the country and the other was the Detroit Rock City. Michigan is more than just Detroit by the way, there are lots of good things about Michigan. But it is equally important to note that Detroit was originally built as a copy of a grand old European city. It was beautiful in it’s day and very, very grand. There are pieces left of that beautiful city, and if you seek them out, you will be reminded of how amazing the city was in it’s heyday. What killed Detroit was the total corruption of it’s leadership, mayor, city council, police
    chief etc. for many, many years. Look up Coleman Young, he was the mayor for many years and was out for himself and his cronies. So I agree with this article, Detroit may be the future of every city in America if we do not
    get the current administration out of America
    and I mean the leadership at every level, vote the fools out, they voted for the NDAA(if you don’t know what NDAA is look it up, it’s urgent that you inform yourself!) in Congress and the Senate for heavens sake. Vote for Ron Paul make your vote count!! Save your country or learn to love the look of Detroit!

  • Paul

    Come on, it can’t be THAT bad.

    There are still so many rich people in America that the politicians are afraid of raising taxes for fear the rich guys will emigrate overseas, to Egypt, Iran, China, North Korea, UK, Greece perhaps.

  • Kierie

    Looks like some places here in Africa.
    Welcome!!

  • chiller

    Detroit was also the most liberal city on the planet living far beyond its means, just like the whole country is now. I was in Detroit and El Salvador both last year and the only difference was there was more barb wire in El Salvador. So if you’re smart you’ll stock up on barb wire.

  • luis

    dammmm where doom *************** help us the antichrist is coming oooh crap

  • Rob

    This is a great example of what happens when people elect the person that promises the most.Detroit has not had a great history of elected officials.Does this sound familiar?Support Ron Paul he may be our last chance.

  • luis

    hey every do u guys think is a good idea if i move to other country im from the u.s.a im from las vegas but things here are getting ugly like gas station going out of gas almost every day an contruction here is death car sales are down is crazy and alot of forclosure on home banks closing stores closing im scare but if i move to mexico ooh panama my us dollar may be worth more an i be living like a king because here in the u.s.a all the good paying job are gone anif i stay the house mortage or rent is going to kill me so if things dont change ima move sorry U.S.A

    • REED RICHARDS

      luis,

      As opposed to what? Going down with the ship? Don’t hesitate. If you see a way out, you had better take it when the opportunity presents itself.

  • ken nohe

    It seems that the US is becoming extreme. Bad areas are getting worse but nice areas are getting nicer too. One such an example is Washington DC, so much richer and nicer than it was 30 or even 10 years ago. Money is sloshing around! It is interesting to see how both success and decay are local to some extent. We, outside the US, should sit down and learn to avoid some of the worst mistakes!

    • chris

      Living in the D.C metro area (thankfully not inside D.C) I can tell you the only reason D.C is remotely nice is because the economy is fueled by government and government contractor jobs. Without those D.C would look like Detroit in a day, or worse!

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Ken Nohe: You hit the nail on the head. That’s what you get in a Third World country: pockets of extreme affluence surrounded by a lot of hardcore poverty, hardcore desperation and not enough of a middle class. Go to Bogotá, Lima, or Mexico City, and you will find that the chi-chi parts of town are downright lavish while the bad parts of town are an absolute nightmare. Some parts of Mexico City look like Beverly Hills (except that the signs are all in Spanish), wherea Tepito and Iztapalapa are parts of town that even the cops are afraid of.

      Sadly, the former USA (now The Banana Republic of America) has decided to move in that direction. God help us.

  • bojangles

    ok,if this is true,than why isn’t the media covering it. To hear them tell it Detroit is back on track,and doing well. What can we do as a nation,to help? We need not only to prepare for ourselves,but also come up with solutions for the rest of the nation.after all these are our neighbors,just a thought

    • chris

      Seeing the increase of legal gun ownership and justifiable homicide in Detroit it would appear the people are learning the lessons most Americans have yet to learn. The only thing you can rely on is yourself, the gubmint will not help you. Detroit dug their own grave, their votes were bought with their own money and now they are paying the consequences.

      • Dispappointed

        Yep, we went years without guns, but not anymore.

    • Dispappointed

      Where do you live? I live 35 miles from Detroit, and no, that is not true, Flint and Pontiac keep getting worse and worse too.

  • chris

    Just another liberal utopia. Granted it’s not fair to blame them alone, anyone who voted in favor of any “free trade” policies also helped create the problem.

    I thought Clint Eastwood said Detroit was setting the example for the country and making a comeback? Surely he wouldn’t lie for money? LOL. I’m so glad I grew up a John Wayne fan ^_^

  • Jorma

    Sorry to hear that

  • Yagster

    I thought the great obama was supposed to fix everything.

  • Cleo

    I like to refer to this time in our history as “The Great American Awakening.” I truly believe that in the not too distant future, the Red Sea will part and those that choose to will walk through to the other side, and will set America straight again by returning to the founding principles of self regulation and limited government. It may take awhile, but we will again prosper, and hopefully will not repeat the mistakes of the past.

    • Brian in Chile

      Who are you going to awaken? The 47% who can’t read?

  • nowwthen

    Back in the Motown heydays there was a line in a song by The Temptations in their song “Since I Lost My Baby” that went “there’s plenty of work and the bosses are paying”. Those were good times in America. Today that work is done by unpaid, untaxed robots and those bosses speak Spanish and Chinese. A lot of our problems can be traced back to Richard Nixon’s Ping Pong diplomacy with the Chinese and technological achievements of Intel, TI, IBM, Microsoft etc.

    • jamesbbkk

      You should not blame folks for voting with their feet. It is no easy task to open for business in Detroit or the rest of the rust belt. The benefit of course is clear blue skies.

      Also, what could be wrong with machines doing factory work? It is and always has been very dangerous for humans to do.

  • pete

    Short=bad

    Long=better

    You must get through the short bad, to get to the long good. Listen to the guy on the soapbox. If people are saying don’t listen to the guy on the soapbox, then move closer and pay attention.

    pd

  • Steve

    Hey bojangles, I live in the suburbs of Detroit and it’s worse than what the article describes. I looks like a war zone and I don’t go there unless I absolutely have to. Yes, why isn’t the media reporting this, that’s a very good question, maybe we should all think about that. Someone said the word “denial”.

    • mike

      I’ve seen several specials on Detroit over the last few years, all of them showing what has happened over the last 20 years, still,nothing can compare to going there, and I did in 2010, and stayed with an old army buddy who works in Warren, and lives in Sterling Heights. We drove down into the city, and I was friggen appaled at the 3rd world conditions, what a graveyeard of death, looks like somthing out of Armageddon..

    • Dispappointed

      I worked in Detroit for a few years a while back. I was fascinated by the crumbling ruins, drove around to see a lot of them after work (a couple of times I drove through neighborhoods that I can tell you now I would not go near, even in the daytime). It was sad and fascinating at the same time. I would not even THINK of doing that now, it would be highly dangerous. I would not even work in Detroit now. I hear a lot of people are carpooling now to commute there, I bet it is not just because of gas prices.

  • Syrin

    Hey GARY.

    Detroit is the PERFECT example of unchecked, unfettered liberalism run amock. Keep pushing for Detroit on a national level GARY

    • chris

      LOL. Pretty much. Unchecked unions and ridiculously high taxation that chased anybody with a dime to invest on to greener pastures.

      • Dispappointed

        And corruption, lots of corruption.

    • Gary2

      I would say its more like capitalism run amok. The race to the bottom continues.

      • Dispappointed

        Detroit has been run for Democrats for many years, and I saw the corruption for myself first hand, don’t blame the Republicans they didn’t do it.

  • JDubya

    But, travel a few minutes down the road from Detroit, to places like Grosse Point and Ann Arbor, and things are going just fine. The fact is, the “white flight” from Detroit to the suburbs began in the 1950s.

    • Janice

      That’s pretty much what I noticed. I visited Detroit in the late ’70s. There were three things that struck me as profound. First, the huge, multistory, magnificent skyscrapers. Second, the amount of trash that was blowing in the streets and overflowing from the trashcans. And last but not least, the numbers of poor blacks meandering around in the city. Even in the seventies, there was such a contrast between magnificent and destitution. I knew that it wasn’t a place that I’d ever want to live. It seemed that the buildings were more important than the people and the cleanliness.

    • Dispappointed

      There were 2 riots, a race riot in 1943 (that started some of the white flight by the 1950s) and the 1967 riot, which some call a race riot, but was more like a riot of opportunity. Between the politics and the corruption many jobs left Detroit earlier than other places when it happened because of free trade, which only made it worse for Detroit. It has been in a long decline and there are no signs it is going to stop. Maybe it does make a good model for the rest of the country.

  • DTC

    Texas is consider is very good and stable economic that is BS. As soon as I get out the whole sale store in Houston Texas and drive down about couple miles and stop into the shopping center to eat lunch. They broke my back window and steal several boxes cigarettes and others material with many people walking by and security camera on the properties, but as we see desperate people do desperate thing any where even in front of your eyes. And every one is scare to do any thing not even call the police until I came out the restaurant and see my stuff is dropping every where on the parking lots at the shopping center with a lots of people always walking by.

  • MichaelR

    The great city split into three parts, AND THE CITIES OF THE NATIONS COLLAPSED. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.(Rev. 16:19, NIV)

  • Hangdog

    I just returned from a week long business trip to Detroit. I w there to faccilitate the closing of a store down town. Fortunately Michigan honors my Texas concealed handgun license otherwise I would have not gone. I use to think the pictures on this website were selective but the crumbling, half burnt down abandoned homes and businesses are everywhere. Its also the first thing our Canadian neighbors see when they cross our border. Shameful.

    • Michael

      Great comment. I really enjoy hearing firsthand accounts like this.

      Michael

  • NobodysaysBOO

    In 1980 in downtown Dallas Texas we talked about Dallas becoming ANOTHER Detroit in free fall DEPRESSION, this has been coming for a VERY long time. This desaster area has been seen on every TV world wide and NOTHING good has happened to change the future of Detroit, from the police killing striking ford plant workers to todays slum town.
    Perhaps the future of Detroit is in the hands of the squatters from places like INDIA or even poorer places like Bangladesh.The Mexicans don’e even want this place.The #ows should adopt Detroit as their/our 99% capital city and take over the downtown Detroit buildings?. They don’t have the money to toss them out like the NYNY scumbags with wall street bribes.
    The MOST likley outcome will be a complete “Every man for himself” wasteland for the next 100 years thanks to corporate crimes.

    • Dispappointed

      But they are still in denial here. You should hear the newscasters, the other day they were broadcasting people who told the truth about how bad Detroit is (natives) like they should be ashamed of themselves…for telling the truth? I applaud them.

  • Cinderella Man

    When I watch that video for that Eminem song “Beautiful” I feel really sad for Detroit and America. If Hardcore Pawn is in any way indicative of the misery of Detroit’s poverty I would’nt want to be anywhere near that pit of despair.

  • http://www,Back2theLand.com Old Timer

    At the behest of several inquiries I wrote a series of articles, based on my military/civilian securitty background about firearms. You will find these in the archives of http://www.Back2theLand.com. This past year more than 11,000,000 new firearms were purchased. Couple this with the NRA commentary that there is over 90,000,000 firearms in peoples posession a few years back. The civilian firearms market was a 4 billion dollar industry

    Mexico/US border firefights are now common with the intrusuibn of drug gangs. The movement for creating resistance fighters is growing, albeit illegal, but covert.More people today are joining the ranks of the American Nazi Party and KKK. Yes it is true. They see protection.

    In our own peaceful rural area that is stable we are under a METH major attack problem and home breakins are becoming common. Home invasions although not common yet are mainly detered by the fact most of the community is armed.

    Several of my initial prep articles was dedicated how to store food. Accordingly the new DOD law lists us preppers as terriorists. Even gardening is now on the list of terrorist supporting.

    Given our current state NO NEW PRESIDENT can do anything to make a reversal of the situation in discussion. It will take decades at best to see an improvement and in the mean time as my teen age employees at this farm mature there is no hope for their generation, and they remain ignorant of what is coming.

    Expect more mid east war involvement over oil and the continued decline of prosperity. There is nothing you can do but get out – yes, escape from the innercities even if you have to live in a tent. See my archives on tent living.

    Firearm protection and the banding of communities and neighbors to crush this epidemic of violence reminds me of the civil war history. The civil war destruction never did recover entirely untill the 1960’s, if at all. What we are experiencing is worse.

    God Bless,

    Old Timer
    http://www.Back2theLand.com

  • Roamer

    Eventually, when there’s nothing left in Detroit (of value, ie food, etc.), the gangs will branch out in search of other failing/weak cities to take over.  Lawlessness knows no boundaries, it takes what it wants & moves on to where there’s more to take.  Unless good people fight to save themselves, and their resources, they will have to move on too, or be eliminated.

    Here’s how commerce happens in these areas, after breakdown: There won’t be guys with AKs in front, they’ll be on the roof. Remember the Asian-owned stores in LA during rioting, there? And NOLA? Bidness will be done through a secure barrier, no one wil be allowed into, “stores”. (to avoid flash robs) You tell them what you need, pay up/barter, goods pushed out, good luck getting home without heavily armed protection. Same for deliveries to stores. Prices will skyrocket. All this, that is, IF folks even want to hassle staying in bidness in these wasteland areas…

  • El Pollo de Oro

    If you want a glimpse into what the future will be like in The Banana Republic of America (the rotting, decaying Third World horror movie that used to be Los Estados Unidos), Detroit is definitely a good place to look at. Another good place to look at is Athens, Greece. I visited Athens on some business in 2008 and had a wonderful time seeing Syntagma Square, Monastiraki, the Parthenon, etc.; several weeks after I got back to the BRA, all hell was breaking loose in the streets of Athens and the first of the Greek riots were underway. It was chilling. Had I gone to Athens several weeks later than I did, I would have experienced all the “fun” first hand. Ah, but as Gerald Celente has often said, it’s only a matter of time before the type of unrest we’re seeing in Athens comes to American cities. In the words of Signore Celente, “when the money stops flowing down to the man on the street, the blood begins to flow in the streets”—and the blood will definitely be flowing in the BRA.

    Greece is a perfect example of what happens when a developed country UN-develops and millions of formerly middle class people find themselves struggling to survive; it isn’t pretty. Take a good look at the mayhem in Athens because that’s what cities in The Banana Republic of America are going to look like in the not-so-distant future.
    Speaking of banana republics, some other places that offer a glimpse into the BRA’s grim future include Caracas, San Salvador, Guatemala City, Johannesburg, Port Moresby and Ciudad Juarez. The amount of violent crime that plagues those cities is a reflection of how dangerous things can get when you have a dirt-poor majority, a filthy rich majority and not enough of a middle class. Desperate people do desperate things, and there are a lot of desperate people in Third World countries who feed their families with drug trafficking, carjacking, kidnapping and violent home invasions. To the tourist who gets mugged in Zona 1 en la Ciudad de Guatemala, it’s a nasty bump on the head; to the mugger, it’s dinner for the wife and kids.

    So, if any of my Canadian friends wonder what it’s like to have a Third World hellhole in their back yard, all they have to do is drive south, present their passports and cross the border into The Banana Republic of America (formerly Los Estados Unidos).

    • DB200

      Greece a developed country? Since when?

      • El Pollo de Oro

        Greece wasn’t always the economic basketcase that is has become. In terms of health care, education, commerce, infrastructure and overall standard of living, Greece had a lot going for it. I stayed in a B&B in Omonia, which I learned is considered a less-than-desirable part of Athens–and Omonia was a paradise compared to the bad parts of town in BRA and Latin American cities. But when you have millions of folks who used to enjoy a middle class lifestyle being plunged into miserable poverty, that’s a recipe for disaster–which is why “burn baby burn” is a widespread sentiment in Athens these days.

      • MarkieMark

        They have Starbucks. I saw the trashed remains of one of their stores on the news. I would say that makes them a Developed Country.

  • Sid Davis

    A big part of the immediate problem is the huge size of government that drains us of our wealth to squander it on themselves, warfare, welfare and their rich friends. Essentially corporations and government collude to rig the economy in their own favor at the expense of the majority; corporate lobbyist write the laws, Congress passes them, and the President sign on. Welfare just bribes those at the bottom to vote to continue this system of plunder and control. It is like we live in pre-revolution France where common men are exploited to support the Aristocracy.

    And the elephant in the room is energy which has reached peak production, cannot be expanded, and will decline in availability as depletion exceed new discoveries. It was exploitation of cheap energy that fueled the last 400 years of economic expansion, which in turn fueled a remarkable explosion in human population from 1/2 billion up to the present 7 billion; all of human history to reach 1/2 billion, which was all renewable fuels could support, and then in just 400 years our numbers exploded by a factor of 14. So what do you think will happen to the human population as industrial production declines for want of sufficient energy to fuel it? The answer is Detroit in spades. This is not a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

    • Brian in Chile

      There are technologies to extract energy from the vacuum that you would not believe. Totally free, infinite and nonpolluting electrical energy has been extracted from the aether for over 70 years now. But the rich elites will not release this technology until you and six and a half billion more of your ilk are dead and buried. That is on their agenda too, my friend.

  • Rodster
  • Bill

    The transformation from ‘however it is in whatever city you are in’ to ‘how it is now in the city of Detroit’ will probably occur very, very quickly.

    The destruction of Detroit fortunately happened in slow-motion, over a period of fifty years, or so. Plenty of time for most to flee, and most did.

    Senseless wars, peak oil, overconsumption, sovereign, state, local and private debt, high unemployment and self-serving, cannibalistic leaders will bring it quick. Like, boy howdy quick.

    If you live in any American city, be ready … in whatever way you see fit.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/young-girls-banned-from-selling-girl-scout-cookies-on-their-own-front-lawn Haalen

    America is pretty much equally divided liberal and conservative. You can go anywhere in America, speak to someone for a short time and determine if they are liberal or conservative. Liberals talk the same, act the same, want the same vote the same. Likewise with conservatives; they talk the same, act the same, want the same and vote the same.

    We can notice that liberals are led by a spirit of liberalism and conservatives are led by a spirit of conservatism. This vast population of liberals make up the body of liberalism whose head is the Democratic Party; same with this vast population of conservatives are the body of conservatism whose head is the Republican Party.

    Liberals put their faith in liberalism and conservatives put their faith in conservatism.

    Those who are of the Democratic party are led by the spirit of liberalism and those of the Republican Party are led by the spirit of conservatism.

    My bible tells me, those who are of God are led by the Spirit of God and make up the body of Christ. We can’t be led by two spirits. We have to make a choice. This liberal/conservative world view has destroyed this country. Show me how either party has the greater moral standing.

    The truth is, this country is under a curse. The God of the bible says, If you keep my commandments, I will open the floodgates of wealth on you. If you turn your back on me, I will curse you. We have been propagandized into worshipping wall street for our blessings; wall street trickles down on us.

    • http://Theeconomiccollapseblog Leonard

      Amen! Guess what? It’s not so much an issue of conservatives and liberals. We, the people, sinned and keep sinning. Is everybody guilty? Of course not.
      At the same time we keep blaming others. The Mexicans, the Muslims, blacks, Indians, Democrats, Republicans, etc…
      All of them are guilty for our problems except ourselves. We do nothing wrong, so nobody sinned.
      The results and consequences are different.

  • Kenuck

    The Lord works in mysterious ways..maybe Iraqi refugees could be relocated here…they’re used to living in a war zone.

  • HenryD

    They voted for the a-holes. This is a self inflicted wound. I see the same thing happening in Philadelphia. The state tried to help but the money was used build an opera house and ball parks. meanwhile 50% of the 20-29 year olds are unemployed in the whole region. When the school day is over at my old school it looks like a SWAT team is present to make sure that there are no problems. Wow.

    If Ron Paul does not get in the white house I’ll be looking for a life raft.

  • Tim

    You’ve got to see this. The Obama administrationn predicts that the statutory debt limit, which is currently $16.394 trillion, will be reached shortly before the election in November.

    This has to be the definition of insanity.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/uh-marriner-eccles-we-have-problem-obama-predicts-he-will-breach-debt-ceiling-two-months-electi

    • Rodster

      It’s almost as if our elected officials are purposely trying their damnedest to bankrupt the country.

  • Peekcrackers

    El Pollo de Oro
    is right..
    I live right next door to the Dertoit whole life. I can tell you 1st hand that as a Canadian you feel like you are in the movie “Mad Max”.. threw most parts of Detroit.

    Gerald Celente also said ..” when people lose everything they lose it”
    Not that I would take Gerald Celente advice on buying gold … but his social philosophy is good.

    • Kathy Smith

      Don’t listen to Celente on buying gold that way you can use your paper money to keep warm starting a fire, Peek

      • Rodster

        LOL good one ! :lol:

  • Kathy Smith

    ” The American people are terribly spoiled & they do not possess the character to handle depression like conditions with grace & dignity.” So sad but so true,the all about me mentality in this country is unbelievable. People pull out in front of you while driving park where it is convenient for them the list goes on & on. It is all a perfect example of this country turning its back on GOD. He is the only one who can help us now.

  • Patriot Alice

    10 years ago 5,000 police, 2 million people, today 713,000 people 3,000 police? The population dropped by 2/3 rds, the police dropped by less than half. Sound like they should be able to handle it….What is really going on? 5,000 police could handle 2 million 10 yrs ago, 3,000 police now can’t handle 713,000 population? Getting lazy?

    • Kevin2

      Alice

      It’s quite possible that the law abiding left Detroit thereby leaving the amount of criminals the same or practically so. If there is no work it stands to reason that many of those remaining are not working. I can infer that those that left were seeking employment elsewhere.

      The ratio or Bad/Good has probably been altered.

  • Christopher Bowen

    The MEDIA. . .the mainstream MEDIA is completely owned and operated by the globalist banking cartel that created this piss-hole situation in the first place. This same MEDIA is in the business of telling the SHEEPLE where to put their cabbage heads. They instruct the sheelple on what diversions they need to be thinking about so that the banking elite can then wrest the rest of America’s wealth from them. This MEDIA is NOT going to honestly report on anything. They will never tell you the true nature of the disasters that their bosses are creating

  • I am Tyler Durden’s contempt for the system

    Welcome to the end of civilization as we knew it. The Omega phase has been set in motion. Once Greece deteriorates further and the government is overthrown, watch greater Europe erupt into flames. Then the backlash to our economy will be felt full force; while Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz and threatens our allies in the region. The polarizing of the world toward the last world war has begun. We haven’t learned…after millenia of evolution, we are still merely neanderthals fighting over the waterhole… It was a pleasure knowing all of you. God have mercy on us all…

  • Mike

    Simply the end result of the diversity the insane liberals shove down our throat,

  • Archie1954

    My question actually arises from a comparison of two cities that have the same basic industry, Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Why has Detroit become a hellhole and Windsor hasn’t? What if anything can be learned from such a comparison? In other words what did Windsor do that Detroit didn’t or vice-versa?

    • Joseph Parker

      You cannot make a comparison between the two in that way. Windsor is one tenth the size of Detroit. It does not have the history of fraught race relations. And in fact it too has had an issue with de-industrialization. Some of that slack has been taken up by the casino complex.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/20-things-we-can-learn-about-the-future-of-america-from-the-death-of-detroit ken

    Mad Max coming soon to a citi to you

  • olde reb

    The problem is systemic; the economic system established in 1913 is a polished scheme of mediavial era that economically devastated nations of Europe. It confiscates money from productive society and transfers it to “financiers.”

    The Federal Reserve BOG and FRBNY have concealed $7 trillion in profit from the government over the past six years. The Treasury auction accounts handled by the FRBNY conceal the transfer. RIP OFF BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE posted at http://www.scribd.com/doc/49040689 has been filed as an exhibit in a whistleblower suit.

  • http://erectuswalksamongst.us/ S.liced P.rocessed A.lien M.eat

    Here is my prediction:

    Hotlanta, Georgia: SEE YA!
    Lost Angeles, CA: BUH-BYE!
    Windy **********, IL: UP IN FLAMES!
    Houston, TX: IT’S ALL OVER, LET’S GO!
    Philly, PA: FUHGEDABOUDIT!

    The destruction of the TWIN TOWERS was the end
    of America, as I knew it. It has nowhere to go
    now, except into the sewer. It’s sad, it’s
    scary. All of the ‘ladders’ have been pulled
    up, if you’re not in the boat now, life is
    gonna get real rough, real soon!

  • DB200

    To Michael,
    Twenty good points. Compliments.

    To the rest,
    That nearly half the population is functionally illiterate is very convenient for those in power. You get the idea that all this is happening on purpose, not coincidence.

    To Mr. Obama,
    If this was my responsibility (in the end), I would be very ashamed and would not have such a big mouth on television.

  • Roscoe Bonifitucci

    This is what we can expect if we let the Dems continue on with their Tax & Spend ways. They have no fiscal sense or sense of right & wrong. They do not understand Capitalism and are determined to turn America into a Socialist Crap hole called Amerika. Give them money and they give it away like the dolts they are.

  • Gay Veteran

    The fundamental problem is a lack of JOBS!!!

    Both parties have allowed American jobs to be shipped to countries like China and India. So NO, it is not just liberals to blame.

    • WoodPecker

      They were not “American” jobs. And nobody “shipped” them. Stop the redistribution machine and there will be jobs.

      • Gay Veteran

        well it was American companies that shipped the jobs to China, India,Vietnam, etc.

    • Eisenkreutz

      Free trade has been the final nail in the coffin of this country. It must be stopped.

  • Nightgaunt

    Wow, how lucky I’ve been! Walking around Detroit at all times of day and night and not a scratch on me. It’s not a beautiful place, but it’s nowhere near as bad as this article makes it out to be.

    • http://www.thedeathofamerica.org Death of America

      @nightgaunt

      There are always a couple of happy pigs in a sty, a smiling devil in hell who likes the heat, someone laughing in a bloody battlefield…

      …and someone who somehow manages to survive in the sewer that is Detroit.

      • Formica

        Downtown is actually pretty nice and very safe, and since there are 700k people in a city built for 2 million, you can walk/drive for blocks and blocks without even seeing another person. There are plenty of bad parts, but most of the place is like a ghost town.

  • Been There

    A higher percentage of police cannot cope with an even higher crime rate. Half the people there can’t read. What are they going to do to eat? They’re going to rob, steal and murder.

  • JamesAt17

    None of the things that have been seen going on in this country has been by mistakes. If those devils in DC can come out and tell you that they are going to pass a certain new law and the very next day have a 10,000 page document describing just what it is that you will have to submit to, then for sure they knew all about using Detroit as the experiment city to see just what would happen when they cause this kind of destruction to go nationwide. Now you can understand why they opened the FEMA camps and started hiring X-military to staff those camps with. If those fools in DC think that they will be albe to handle the situation when the SHTF, think again. They are human and make mistakes and thinking they can control out of control people is one of those big mistakes. Let them run to their unground caves. Just maybe when they are all sitting inside watching the hell unleashed on the surface, we, that 99% hopfully can come together and seal them in and get on with the right to life and live according to real human beings.

  • WoodPecker

    Anything to do with the kind of people that inhabit the city? I mean, people who cannot tend for themselves. They have reached a critical mass there. There are other places that subscribe to liberal ideologies and public unions controls (not that I am advocating those), such as New York, but flourish nonetheless. What it means that there are multiple factors, affecting society’s successes or failures, and biological and cultural component plays an important role there. I do not believe that any city in the civilized world can reach such a state as Detroit’s in peaceful times, regardless of the government’s policy.

  • blueridgeviews

    Where will the illiterate parasites go when they are done pillaging Detroit?

  • golfguy

    Look at what happens when men put their faith in other men and not yourself and God.
    Our politicians have sold us out by passing laws to allow companies to move without disregard for our future. Those laws were put in place in the 60’s and 70’s and were sped up with NAFTA and GATT.
    We went along with an education system that does not and has not taught us any useful skills for 25 years, we have failed our children by not teaching them self sufficiency and a meaningful way to make their way in the world. We were duped by listening to other people instead of taking our lives into our hands and doing the hard work.
    We allowed our government to set up a system whereby just the use of our money puts us in debt and our whole nations soveriegnty in the hands of international bankers who charge us for the use of our money and then move on when we become to uppity and demand a better piece of the pie.
    we better start using some critical thinking if we are to survive and not degenerate into what detroit has become, an illiterate hell-hole that is controlled by psychopathetic leaders that have convinced these poor souls that if they keep doing the same thing and allow the elected elite to do the same thing than all will be well.
    Things to think about: Is it in our interest to not drill for oil. Is it in our best interest to give our kids to an education system that tells them to be a philosopher or a womens studies pro, charge them 100k and then meet them on the OWS sites like they aren’t the problem. Is it in our best interest to keep spending what we don’t have be debt slaves to someone down the line. America wake up and do the heavy lifting now or we are done. I live 45 miles south of detroit and it’s like a cancer coming our way.
    I’ve made my decision and have educated my kids and un-taught them what they learned. I am prepared and will move out and defend myself on the way. And in the future I will figuratively put a bullet through any politicians head who says they are there to help the little guy. Look at detroit and you will see 50 years of politicians with that attitude. they made themselves rich,moved on and left the corpse. Depend on youself and God and you might make it through!

  • http://www.thedeathofamerica.org Death of America

    Check out this image of Detroit vs. Shanghai over a similar historical time-span.

    http://www.thedeathofamerica.org/images/shanghai-detroit.jpg

  • http://economiccollapseblog.com bill

    obama says america is in recovery and jobs are back unemployment is here so this article isnt right detroit is an upscale place with no crime ask obama he will tell you,crime is down you dont need guns the police will protect you,now you people listen to our goverment they dont lie

  • Steve Mawson

    So that’s it is it, Kathy Smith ? Resign yourself to the inevitable. Renounce your own ability to get out and do something and make a change to the society you’re so quick to criticize. Only GOD can get you out of the whole eh ? Discount the fact that during these centuries, GOD’s been omnipresent and assisted you to get yourself into this mess then, cause of course that wouldn’t work with your theory would it. HA !

  • R F Davio

    Its liberalism stupid! It doesn’t work.

  • Eve

    Detroit has its problems, for sure, but it is still a vibrant place. There are still talented people doing positive things. Detroitblogger John Carlisle has been chronicling it for years here: http://metrotimes.com/archives/authors?author=Detroitblogger%20John.

  • http://countrythinker.com/home/ Country Thinker

    I grew up in Toledo, which became an economic satellite to Detroit, much like Flint. Detroit’s economic implosion isn’t limited to Detroit.

    To be fair, though, there are some beautiful suburbs surrounding Detroit.

  • marxbites

    ALL of America’s redound to one single enabler of Leviathan, the unconst’l fiat debt money of the Federal Reserve private for profit monopoly cartel of economy ruining and currrency debasing vultures.

    They did this same thing in 1907 as cause celeb for a Weimar style central bank designed by that designer Paul M Warburg, a Rothschild agent like Hamilton was, and almost every TreasSect since has been a henchman of the biggest banks. Who BTW also own the FEDs shares and just bailed themselves out by threatening martial law.

    Ron Paul is the ONLY man in my lifetime that not only understands the history of money and banking, but BECAME a legislator for the very reason he saw this coming when Nixon severed our last link between dollars and gold reserves.

    And its the FED who NOW OWN’s American’s gold, just as all the world’s central banksters do.

    IMO, our revolution was planned by the Rothschilds to take from their debt servant KGIII our vast nation of natural resources. Hamilton’s 1st Bank the means to make whole again the elites who bought the bonds.

    When Jefferson nixed it’s recharter, Rothschild called for war, 1812, to indebt us back into the 2nd BankUS, which Jackson then killed, paying off the debt our first and last time.

    Then the Rothschilds financed/fomented both sides of the the CW to Nationalize (centralize) Banking. The wedges thin end.

    They created 1907 as the impetus for the FED which the banksters themselves colluded to foist upon us.

    As Morgan and Rockefeller are BOTH creatures of Rothschild, and they run the BIS which runs the central banks, it will be no surprise that the Rothschild dynasty’s purported wealth is estimated to be in the triple digit trillions.

    And my gut says NO ONE in the whole world sits on a larger hoard of gold bullion than they do. Their bankster minions are who traded their fiat at interest paper for the entire worlds’s gold reserves that is mere fractional collateral for the debts nations owe to these private banksters.

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    End the FED, our founders KNEW 100% why only specie allows economic freedom. The King was in hock to shylock up to his eyeballs.

  • The Grey Gonad

    My Dear Americans, I believe you and the rest of the world are experiencing the equivalent of the fall of The Roman Empire. Like The Romans, you have spent too much on your armies and spread your armies too far, (and that is not a criticism), thereby becoming weak at home. The last one to fall was the British Empire, due to the expense of 2 world wars and the cost of trying to hold an empire together. If we keep doing the same things, we won’t get different results. Which Empire will be next? China? India? Wheels turn that is what is happening in the U.S.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Teressa

    I came across this website by accident and I started reading and weeping at the same time. I feel we can take back Detroit with hard work. Why not and start production again and can be done. People have to want it. I thought about it and can work and yes, I have a beginning of plan.

    • mondobeyondo

      Maybe Detroit is unsalvegeable. I hope not. It appears to be a beautiful city, in spite of its difficulties. A few mop-up jobs here and there,clean a few brick and carports, and it may even become the new Motown!

      L.A. may be toast though.
      The same for my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Teressa

    I came across this website by accident and I started reading and weeping at the same time. I feel we can take back Detroit with hard work. Why not and start production again and can be done. People have to want it. I thought about it and can work and yes, I have a beginning of plan. How about having the corporation give back to cities and so people can start building and what about the deficit they can pay a nice check to the Federal government every year. We would not even have to print money for while. This country can be booming in a couple of years and jobs for everyone. I am believe we can do anything we want and we are all true survives…

  • http://EconomicCollapse Teressa

    We need to go back to less government and people need to be responsible for themselves. Our jobs need to stop going over seas or maybe we can go overseas as well. We need to stop making Europe into the crony capitalism that they hate and we do not want socialism. Our system was not build on that. Remember we are the people of US not We the Corporations of USA. We are the people to perform a more perfect union to establish justices insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United State of America. People need to know America History and take back but we have to be responsible as well. We cannot break the law neither and we have to go about situation in adult productive manner.

  • NaftaVictim

    It just does not matter anymore. Republican or Democrat. They are all bought off by Corporate America. Citizens United will only add to the misery.

  • Miss Surely

    Put down the drugs and alcohol, take up the Bible. Put God back into the schools and government. Look to the ways of our parents and grandparents who made this country strong. Repent, ask for forgiveness and blessings. Work out differences, stick together. Turn the burnt out buildings of Detroit into greenhouses, chicken coops and stables. At least that would keep everyone from starving. Then, get together and plan a new Detroit. Do not stoop to giving up your humanity or your soul.

    • bluelove

      Miss Surely, you are so right! Our God, and Father is the answer.

  • ENough

    ANYONE on here that still blames the LIBERALS, or the DEMS or the GOP, is really being simple minded.
    It is our whole system of govt that is off the mark now. it doesnt matter what party, and NO PARTY ALONE CAN BE BLAMED FOR THIS!

    TO BLAME LIBERALS IS JUST SAYING, “HEY, IM A STUPID IDIOT WHO STILL HOLDS TO MY STUPID BELIEFS MORE THAN I PAY ATTENTION TO THE FACTS!”

    Enough with the party *****************.

  • Learn Liberty

    the biggest thing you can do is educate yourself. One of the best places I have found is

  • DB200

    Here a movie from febr. 2010 about Detroit shown on Dutch television. Almost 95% in english, so give it a try: it visualizes all the things that Michael has been telling to us.

  • DB200

    Here a movie from febr. 2010 about Detroit shown on Dutch television. Almost 95% in english, so give it a try: it visualizes all the things that Michael has been telling to us.

    http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringen/2009-2010/Crisis-als-kans/doorstart-detroit.html

  • DB200

    Here pictures from the ruins of Detroit:
    http://www.marchandmeffre.com/

  • http://www.rationalsurvivor.com Kyle

    Your articles always freak me out :) real I opener. I love bringing these points in class

    Teacher: What is going on in Greece?

    Me: what about here? Justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by a staggering 79 percent during 2011.

    Silenced and A for the day. Haha

    • Michael

      I wish I could have seen that exchange. :)

      Michael

  • Swift

    The partisan arguments here are juvenile. Can we address this as a systemic failure of profit-absorbed greedy capitalism?

    • LvM

      Partisan? Hmmm, I think Michael is very objective in this article.

      Anyway, capitalism is what made the city great in the first place. It was a teeming industrial metropolis, but the city (and federal) government ruined that amazing potential with their endless regulations and taxation, and drove out the capitalists. Not capitalism’s fault. Recognize corporatism and socialism when you see it. The government poisons everything. See how:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXNRzI64L9Q

    • Walter Lonsdale

      Don’t blame this on capitalism. This is strictly greedy unions

  • Bill Bowen

    Seeing what is happening to Detroit makes me want to cry AND scream.

    I’m a native Detroiter myself – born in Harper Hospital on the east side & was one of those 2 million plus counted in the 1950 Census. I left Detroit in the early 70s for work reasons and had not gone back there since 1984.

    When I drove through there on my way to Port Huron last September I “made a lap” around the city – got off I-75 downtown, made a loop around the downtown area (the 2 new stadiums look nice as does the RenCen) then went out Michigan Avenue to 12th and up through the 1967 Riot area to Grand River and out to the northwestern part of town where I grew up and went to school.

    What a depressing trip. All my old haunts are gone, boarded up or burnt to the ground. The car dealer where I bought my first car (the old “Redford Rambler” on Grand River just west of Evergreen) is nothing but a slab. All the car dealers along the Grand River strip from Evergreen to McNicoles (6 Mile Rd.) are gone, the 16th Precinct Police Station at GR & Mc Nicholes is abandoned and the high school where my cousin graduated is all boarded up (Redford High School, across Grand River from the old police station). My old house on Lasher just north of Grand River is there but the stores in the area are all gone. One would think space aliens had come and taken all the life out of the area.

    I could go on for about 10 pages with my observations, but I’ll spare you all from that. What was once a great city has turned into an urban wasteland, and the shame is that it didn’t have to be that way. The present Mayor is a decent fellow and I know he’s doing what he can to try and right things, but I fear it is a task that cannot be done. If I was about 20 years younger I might even think about going back and trying to assist in reviving Detroit, but then a dose of sanity hits me and I put that crazy idea out of my mind.

    All I can say to everyone is: Let Detroit be a warning to the rest of you – DO NOT BE COMPLACENT and think the same thing cannot happen where you live. Many Detroiters thought that too decades ago, and we now can see the result up front and damn ugly.

    Say a prayer for those that are still there, especially the old folks that, mostly due to economic circumstances, are stuck there. And pray as well that Mayor Bing can at least “stop the bleeding” so that, maybe one day, Detroit can be a city America can be proud of instead of it being the poster boy for decay & defeat.

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/young-girls-banned-from-selling-girl-scout-cookies-on-their-own-front-lawn Haalen

    This will give you an idea what is happening to us. We’re being set up.

    http://www.schoolandstate.org/Knowledge/Vouchers/PigsofOkefenokee.htm

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/young-girls-banned-from-selling-girl-scout-cookies-on-their-own-front-lawn Haalen

    I am not one of those who hates our government. Unfortunately we elect bad people to run it. Why do we need a Mitt Romney as president, because he has business experience? Who says that is the best criteria or even a good attribute to start from? Aren’t these the geniuses who have screwed things up continually?

    These guys wouldn’t p*** in your a** if your guts were on fire. They don’t represent us!

    If you were standing on a corner with a cardboard sign “unemployed, need money for beer” would one of these guys give it to you? NO. But, another unemployed beer drinker would.

    The truth is, anyone good family person with a good moral foundation, and some common sense who can balance a checkbook could do the job. I am a high school dropout; I left home at age 17 with the shirt on my back and I retired at age 49.

    Of course that is before the Reagans, Bushes, Clintons, Obamas and the Romneys sold us out. I don’t think that is going to be possible in the future.

    Our money masters want us to hate our government—they want us to throw it away—so they can give us theirs!

    Ask yourself, who are the ones telling us “this form of capitalism” made America great? Wall street good, people bad. Of course the money masters who own and control the media and all the major multi-national corporations do. The high priests of wall street.

    I know of ordinary people who became wealthy in small business. These are the real American business. Wall street is owned and controlled, they manipulate the markets, the money, the business cycle and—jobs for their benefit, not ours.

    • bluelove

      Capitalism is a good thing. It creates jobs. No president is perfect, but Reagan was a good one. Carter was stupid. He even GAVE AWAY the Panama canal!!! The few rich can not hold up the many poor. Capitalism is the way. Also, stop giving money to people!

  • Mean Granny

    Take a good look at Detroit if you want to see obama’s vision for America’s future. We HAVE to vote him out of office this fall if we want our nation to survive.

    • Lauren

      Mean Granny,
      Obama rescued General Motors and GM has already paid back its loan to the government – not bail out welfare that Wall Street bankers line their greedy pockets with. Obama made the correct decision and now the city is turning around. I understand that this is not what Republicans like to hear. Obama is a good president because he makes good decisions that yield good results!

      I cannot imagine your grandchildren are going to respect you too much.

      • carlcasino

        I cannot imagine which rock you have been living under for the past 50 years. GM has not fully paid back the bailout money. The city is turning around and around and around , that is called standing still. Just for grins Google Hirishoma 1945 and then 2012. Do the same for Detroit. If you have any functioning brain cells the picture will tell the truth.

        • Luke

          Patrick’s Rock?

      • Luke

        Not to mention how terrible GM is doing at the moment…
        Obama is a terrible President, and you are just plain ignorant if you can call him a good President considering the many deaths he has caused domestically and to our soldiers overseas (Mr. President, Hillary Clinton/aka “Killary”, Joe Biden, and communist allies), how he has added more financial issues to America than every single other President in American history combined, how he is turning America into the next secular Soviet Republic, making us even further dependent on China, even further devaluing the Dollar, decreasing our military strength, demoralizing our country (the destruction of DOMA and other terrible acts), and overall sabotaging every single thing almost every American (Oh, Mr. President also made so many people dependent on government handouts that not enough people pay taxes anymore, so no matter what the government does it will continue to sink in constantly increasing debt) works so hard to sustain.
        Obama is a TERRIBLE President, and how dare you say otherwise.

        • bluelove

          yes, and now obozo has given free rein to Iran to keep making their nuke power! Plus, he even gave them MONEY!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid.

      • bluelove

        You have got to be kidding! obozo is the worst president this country has ever had. He has broken constitutional laws. And no one can do anything about it, because the dems have control of the senate. You really need to open the horizon of your mind. obozo, is RUINING our country. obozocare is the last straw. grow up. obozo lies!! He is a LIAR!!!!!!

    • bluelove

      You are very right! And we must take back the senate, as well.

  • Irishfb18

    This article greatly offends me. I live in the city of detroit and not once have i come across “lawlesness.” nor would i ever describe this great city as a “hellhole.” i agree that Detroit has seen better times, but it is filled with people who want to make this city as great as it once was. Sure there are criminals within the city limits, but there are just as much as there are in Chicago or New York. The reason everyone thinks Detoroit is such a scary place is people like you, spreading this idea that detroit is a destroyed city fille with crime at every corner. Writing this article will neither stop our current economic situation in detroit nor the united states. Encourage the growth and development of our cities, not tear them down.

    P.S. Please visit the city for yourself and do more research before you trash it like you just did.

    • klaos

      So you’re offended by the article, but you aren’t offended about living in a city where half the people are functionally illiterate? Where half the men are unemployed? Where half of children are below the poverty line?

      • Frannie Fargo

        Klaos, so you believe the myth? Bet you have never even set one foot inside of the Detroit City Limits.

        Irishfb18 is right-on with the synopsis of the City of Detroit. If you have not been to Detroit in the last 2-3 years you will be stunned at the amount of GOOD CHANGE that has taken place. It used to be after business hours in Downtown Detroit the place was like a ghost town, now on any given day you can go downtown and start to see the new beginnings of a bustling city after traditional business hours.

        We are lucky because Detroit is an international port and border town. The automobile is not our only way of bringing in big money here. Detroit is doing a mega-turnaround, all for the better.

  • http://html Bonnie

    It is heartbreaking to see. I was born and raised in Detroit. It is devastating to see my old house(I was born in the back bedroom). Windows all broken, plumbing removed so run down it is. Barely recognizable. God help what was once a super great city.

  • Betterhave

    Greed prevailed, and still does, in Detroit___ on all sides. From the greed of the unions and their mafia buddies, to the greed of the corrupt public officials who sold out everyone but themselves, to the greed of the corporation heads who maneuvered constantly to protect their perks and benefits while clamoring about unreasonable union demands and all but executing the white collar workers who stood between them and the rank and file. Follow that path right on down to the gangs and drug lords who support a rich lifestyle with the proceeds gained from selling death and destruction to anyone willing to trade a few minutes of “feel good” for the harder work of facing reality, dealing with problems and working on solutions. Greedy people will follow and support anyone who claims to be able to deliver what they want, when they want it. Greedy people live in the here and now of instant gratification. They do not want to hear about ‘consequences”, they do not want to hear about “personal responsibility”, they just want what they want and they want it now. You can not point a finger in any direction,in Detroit or anywhere else today, without targeting a part of the problem. “We have met the enemy and he is us”. No truer words were ever written.

  • Biggy J

    This article is a GREAT example of propaganda. *****, I am born and raised in the Detroit area and I cannot believe something like this article can really exist until I read it. PLEAS DO NOT BELIEVE all of what is written in this article. If you would like the “whole” truth about the city, please read further. I grew up in the mid 80’s and there was the city government building, the county building, the ren center, and a juvenile justice building, and with the exception of Greektown, that IS IT for what was in the downtown area. Now there are ballparks, condos, high rises, lofts, a re-done eastern market area, an area created from downtown to Wayne Stat University called Midtown, and Three GORGEOUS and vibrant Casinos. The population has actually increased in downtown and midtown area from 30% – 40%. There is a vibrant riverwalk area as well. Several businesses have moved their headquarters to downtown- Compuware, Quiken Loans, Little Caesars / Olympia Entertainment. The crime statistics in the article are COMPLETELY FALSE. The City has actually had declines in violent crime over the past 5 years. There are neighborhoods like Palmer Woods that have million dollar homes, Sherwood Forrest, Indian Village, Boston / Edison district, Woodbridge, and Corktown (which has the #5 rated BBQ joint in the Country according to Food Network). This article begins with a picture of a broken up old house. See the cyclone fence up around it? If you were outside of that house you would see a sign on that fence that states it’s about to be renovated. A number of houses like that have been renovated in that particular area and sell for $450,000 once complete. We have our problems, don’t get me wrong. My piece is to balance out the absolutely REDICULOUS picture painted by the piece of propaganda posted here.
    So, please feel free to come to our city and see things for yourself. Or at least do more research on the web to get the truth.

  • http://economan@gmail.com Economics Teacher

    This page makes Detroit look & sound more akin to Beverly Hills CA than a ransacked dump.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit

    • Biggy J

      That’s because it is NOT a ransacked dump.

    • Frannie Fargo

      The article you mention is more realistic of Detroit that what the smut-mongers have been touting.

  • phillip

    The things is this is going to be happening to a lot of cities in the developed world. This is what we get when we allow banksters and their corrupt governments to implement a system of debt on us. I believe that this is being deliberately done so that these arseholes can control the masses. The war being fought at the moment is not terrorism, it is the war for control over people using money and resources. As Henry Kissinger said, you want to control continents, then control oil, if you want to control people, control food. A former U.S. President James Garfield said, whoever controls the supply of money is the master of all industry and commerce. Hope that gets more of us thinking!!!

  • http://www.jeffreybrauer.blogspot.com/ Jeffrey of Troy

    How do you have an article on the 20 things destroying Detroit, and never mention RACE? Every city and every country that is majority Black, civilization is ruined. There are no exceptions.

    The temperate zone selected for qualities the tropics didn’t: intelligence, self-discipline, and long-term planning. There is no such thing as lying in the service of the Good.

    • Ookmon

      shut up you stupid cracker

      • Luke

        You sound like the stupid one here…
        People can’t be crackers. Crackers are food obtained from wheat/other grains.

        • Ookmon

          moron

      • bluelove

        We want peace. Can’t we ever get along? And cracker is a racist term.

        • Ookmon

          that was my point

    • Daniel

      I don’t think racism is the answer

  • DavidV

    WWII Vet Says Nobody Helped After He Was Carjacked
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=147422806

    “I was trying to go in … and see if somebody could call the police and an ambulance because I couldn’t stand. I had to crawl — I tried two or three times to get up,” Brantley said Saturday. He said he was on way home from Bible study when he stopped to put gas in his 2010 Chrysler 200, which he recently bought to replace another car that had been stolen.

    “People were passing me just like I wasn’t there. … I was crawling and they just walk by me like I’m not there,” he said.

  • Tomasz

    I lived in Detroit until 2007. I moved out in June 2007 after my high school graduation. I couldn’t stand the atmosphere there. Either it was leftist suburban flower-power-children who had “racist” on their lips or blacks, for who it was tolerant to call you “ass-licken’ crakka”..
    It was bad then then what is it now.

    I know plenty of young Polish-Americans who have moved out of Detroit. Though not only Detroit, New York and Chicago have also lost Polish-American populations to emigration back to Poland or to the UK.

    Somehow we have to make endspeace in this
    country where nothing is as it seems. Yeah, the majority of poor Poles today move to the UK as migrant workers, though no one understands why someone would move from the USA here, yet there’s so many of us in Poland.

    I sometimes dream of Detroit yet I look at photos of the neighbourhoods I lived in after my departure and see that the city has become even poorer.

    I wish all you disenfranchised people move out to Europe. Europeans have a more deregulated market than the USA yet economic free-enterprise is weak. By Europe I mean Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, England, Scotland, Scandinavia and eventually Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary. The Greeks and Italians have gone psycho but the rest of Europe is okay. Europe needs more white Christians. There is no “racism” here and the governments of Europe are closing the borders to Africans and Asians because as current Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated “Multiculturalism is a failed plan”.
    Chancellor is what the Germans call their chief executive. The President of Germany is more-or-less the House Chair.

  • roninfreedom

    And the people keep saying”The Soldiers are defending our Freedoms”.

    Well

    Watch Ike’s Military Industrial Complex Speech on Youtube.
    And
    Smedley Darlington Butler’s Book”War is a Racket” you’ll find out the 2nd reason why Detroit is America’s.
    1#reason is Bailout of the ***************** Banksters.

    And

    American’s are still declaring that”The Soldiers preserve our Freedoms”by fighting in Wars that we have no business being in.

    That’s why America is becoming exactly like Detroit!!!

  • asd

    look at the demographics.

  • AIK

    Don’t blame unions. The bonus, salary,severance and retirement packages for the executives account for why pensions cannot be funded for workers. why should one exec make 43 mil a year and pay workers $10 an hour. Also we need to bring back manufacturing jobs so a high school graduate can lead an honorable life. Everyone can’t get a Doctorate degree to function in life. The business leaders gutted the manufacturing base to chase quick profits. What a bunch of greedy B……!!!!

  • TAJ

    Thanks FDR!

  • JustJessie

    What some dont realize either is that the City of Detroit grew very quickly thanks Manufacturing jobs. The city is 143 square miles. By no means was it planned well.Most people that have never been to Detroit seem to think Detroit is only the Downtown area.Many of the houses in Detroit are up to 60-70 years old. Of course they will be crumbling and falling down. The People of Detroit have been fighting with the Mayor’s Office and the City Council for many many years to get the city to start tearing down the buildings,to no avail. Each new Mayor promises to clean up the blight but in the end its all talk.
    I was born and raised in Detroit. Graduated from Chadsey High School in 91. Same school my mother and all my Aunts and Uncles graduated from. Thanks to mismanagement Chadsey is now closed and to my knowledge, the city did not hesitate to demolish that building. Even then the streets were safe. Would I drive down there now for a burger at Telaways?? To stand inline behind some prostitute that just did her business out back in the alley?? NO!
    I found it disgusting that when the Super Bowl was here, they went all out to clean up the surrounding streets around Ford Field, covered up blight with banners and shuffled off all the homeless to temp shelters so they would not be seen on the streets by tourists.
    People began moving out of the Downtown area when they could no longer get the things they needed down there. Residents had to drive 10-20 miles to get groceries. There were no local grocery retailers downtown for decades until just recently. A few small grocers have opened stores Downtown, but have found it difficult to get some suppliers to deliver fresh goods to them.
    The first step in getting the City of Detroit back on track is to demolish every single abandoned residential home and business. Yes, its thousands, but it has to be done. Rezoning new commercial and residential areas. Build new parks and recreational areas. this will start bringing in business and create jobs. Who wants to come here and open business surrounded by blight? No one.
    Granholm brought the Film Industry to Michigan. Gave them a nice tax incentive and told citizens to go back to school and get re trained in the film industry. Some did. Only to have Snyder come along and nix everything and ran the film industry out of the state. Leaving many with new student loans and no future job in site.
    While Detroits City Council sits around on the butts all day everyday b@#ching and complaining about a possible Emergency Manager being appointed, they have done nothing to really come up with any plans on getting the city out of trouble.
    It really saddens me to see the city in the state its in from what it once used to be. The city where we stayed out late during the summer riding bikes and talking with neighbors.
    When it was actually safe to be out after dark.The city where you could walk to Stan’s Whip and Whirl for Ice Cream at 8 pm and u were safe. Where you could go down to Belle Isle all day and swim, picnic and go to the zoo. The city that hosted the Grand Prix. How the old Wonder Bread Factory off McGraw and Martin filled the neighborhood with the smell of fresh bread every morning. Where Michigan and Trumbell represented the American Dream. That is the Detroit I used to know.

    • Gary

      As I remember, Lyndon Johnson, in the wake of the death of JFK, had a time window in which he could get almost anything he wanted. He WANTED a restart of where FDR left off and he got it. Mega-billion dollar programs including “The Great Society”, “Model Cities Program” and “ending poverty in our time” (a number of smaller “programs lumped together).

      I also remember Detroit was selected as one of the key “Model Cities”. The ONLY cities selected (each receiving almost unlimited funds for years) were cities that were already socialist left leaning ALL Democratic cities.

      The “Model Cities” speech of the Detroit mayor at the time is on YouTube and should be heard by everyone who believes in the goodness of Big Government and Central Planning as well as the evil of true free enterprise.

      I read so much money flowed into Detroit over the years if the total sum had been divided up and given to each resident below the poverty line EVERY SINGLE PERSON could have afforded a nice middle class house, a nice car and, well, nice everything!

      BUT the money, as expected, lined the pockets of corrupt politicians and union construction bosses.

      Detroit is just the “canary in the coal mine”. EVERY major city that has dropped into decay and despair have been lead by far left liberal Democrats since WW2! EVERY SINGLE ONE!

      The few major cities that prospered somehow “dodged the bullet” following pro-growth small government free enterprise leaders.

      The only thing LBJ (a.k.a. FDR act II) “accomplished” for Detroit was to drive out more than half of the population and make it a ward of the federal government. Detroit is just the “poster child”. You’ll find this planned decay in hundreds of formerly vibrant US cities. Each is now dying at its own speed.

      Yes, there are “bright spots” in Detroit. Dig into the funding of each one and you’ll find “Obama Money” flowing in at the rate of at least $2 for every $1 of “new activity” that would quickly fall apart if dollars from DC were to stop.

      I do agree that people should stop picking on Detroit as if the citizens wanted their city to decay and that they are not as hard working (given the chance) as any other American.

      The old saying of “when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging” should have been followed 30 years ago when it became obvious LBJ had placed Detroit and many other cities on the proverbial “Highway to Hell”. But, no, the “answer” of Big Government/Central Planning/For the Greater Good types is always “if X billions didn’t work then we just didn’t spend enough!”.

      It’s now too late – not just for Detroit but for most of America. Liberalism with no restraint for generations has brought our country to the edge of a bottomless abyss that we will soon fall into. At least those of us past middle-age did enjoy the most prosperous time period the world has ever known.

      All good things come to an end. This includes the Great American Dream. Pessimistic? I wish. I’m just being realistic accepting what 60 years of continual mammoth mistakes have brought us.

      “The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions”.

  • Mike Hurley

    30 plus years of liberal democratic leadership was a large part of this issue. Never can spend enough, or tax enough! This is the mindset that we have heading the country now! Pay attention America! As the liberals make government grow there is not enough of us taxpayers to pay their salaries.

  • HopeAndChange

    The sad truth is that America is a land of greed brought on by massive materialism. Noone dares mention it but I will. It’s also a land that has turned it’s back on the concept of God. I’m no Rick Santorum, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that the decline in the country seems to be lock-stepped with the decline in respect for God.

    Belief in God hurts noone (except victims of those zealous fools who choose to falsely interpret religion and act irrationally on their false pretenses). However, the disbelief in God and even worse, the criminalization of God, has in my opinion, brought on a world of immoral behavior, lust, greed and social disconnect that is resulting in horrible crimes against children, women and even men coast to coast.

    Another huge problem is that in it’s lust for power, politicians have created a society that is dependent on it’s handout, and thereby loyal to it. Problem is, we are nearing a precipice where the ability to give to the poor by taking from the hardworking will cause our demise.

    The ability to support a nation of takers at the expense of the few remaining creators is nearing it’s end.

    If anyone sees a path out of this downward spiral, please come forward. I can’t see how there’s any way. Politicians will continue to deceive….Takers will continue to demand their entitlements and government will continue to punish hard work and creativity and reward entitlement mentality.

    At this point, it appears that critical mass has been reached and there are not enough hardworking, responsible Americans left to out vote the damaging part of American society to bring about political salvation…so the decline into hell seems inevitable.

    Sad.

    • littlerascal

      we spend millions on space travel, but we have made no progress in 40 years on curing some cancers. We spent millions on foreign wars, then paid to restore their countries, yet our own bridges and interstates are a mess. We flooded American markets with cheap products from Asian countries, but never made them buy American. Our tv broadcasts do not teach morals. Our movies glorify the opposite. We make idols out of music stars, yet our elderly live in want. The called greenpeace a terrorist organization, in it’s beginning. Right now our grey whales and red wolves are in danger of going extinct. Yet there is a Mc Donalds on every corner. Can you even imagine what the government has spent on spying on average citizens? Chem trails, pollute our skies, and water quality, not to mention pesticides in our food, making sure cancer is at an all time high.
      This world is not the garden it was supposed to be. It could have been, but like you said sad. It is sad, and any thinking person, with an ounce of morality, knows it.

    • bluelove

      Yep, you hit the nail on the head! God, the one true God of the bible, is our only hope.

  • Rex

    AGENDA 21. AGENDA 21, ICLEI and the U.N. (GLOBAL GOVERNMENT)and also the CLUB of Rome (Rockefellers) wants there to be only 2 classes of people, the super-rich GLOBAL ELITES and everyone else will be microchipped slaves in a Global, Cashless monetary system.

    The GLOBAL ELITES and Global Government also wants massive DEPOPULATION. For example, there is an American Stonehenge, (GEORGIA GUIDESTONES, ELBERTON, GEORGIA, USA). One of those stones says (“Humanity must be maintained under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature”).

    The movie, the HUNGER GAMES seems to follow the AGENDA 21 scheme pretty closely.

  • Cal

    Detroit is dead because of blacks (most not all) and unions (you look up who runs unions). After several years of my own research, including interviews with the 40’s generation, this is my conclusion.

    • SSGWiLL

      You might have to go back further than that, and by that I mean the late 1800 during reconstruction. During the reconstruction period whites didn’t want blacks to have the same rights as them and for the most part sabotaged the process. This in turn set African Americans back decades and again at the turn of the century. So for you to blame blacks demonstrates your lack of education; additionally, going back to school post grade school that is and educating one’s self makes for a better informed citizen. You’re welcome anytime you need a history lesson I’m here.

      • bluelove

        Why do blacks hate whites so much? And not all the whites,didnt want blacks to have the same rights as whites.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tien.nhan Tien Nhan

    The government plans to keep cities deteriorating, keeping our children uneducated, and keeping our marines overseas. These factors will lead to them destroying our social life, until we beg the government who caused us all our trouble, to step in and decide what will be done and what should be done with our lives. A people without control of their currency has little control over their futures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lorraine-CyrLongmire/100001355718119 Lorraine CyrLongmire

    I live in Canada and reading this is scary. I believe capitalism has brought this all on, people are greedy and ignorant. The money system obviously isn`t working. Its not just in the U.S, this can happen anywhere. We need to get back to the simple ways of living and retrain our minds to believe that we don`t need all that material junk. Just a roof over your head, a garden and your family.

  • Luke

    Nobody would riot and do such terrible things if God was taught, if the Bible was taught. People would know not to steal, not to murder, not to rape, not to do these terrible things… If we teach our kids God now, if we teach them Christianity now, the collapse of America will not be as chaotic as this article predicts, if we just teach God, the Bible, and the good morals that come from the Bible.

  • TJ

    Detroit is a reminder of our inability as Americans to take personal accountability for our actions. As a Naval Officer and combat veteran, I was always trained to maintain the highest ethics and live by a code. We were taught that serving our great country with honor, courage and commitment was a privilege. I’m ashamed to see what we have become as our infrastructure is destroyed from within by our own.

  • bluelove

    I believe that as soon as the conservatives get back in power, things will turn around.obozo, and his demented cronies have broken the law more than once. They want to do away with the constitution.And of course we need prayer. Lots of prayer! I fear for my granddaughter. God help us.

  • American Patriot

    The American people have gotten too fat, lazy, soft, weak, ignorant, and complacent. We’re a civilization with only one purpose…money. If Americans spent as much time educating ourselves and helping each other as we do trying to get rich the overall quality of life would improve for both us and future generations. All we do now is eat fast food made of who knows what they put in food nowadays, complain about our government on Facebook, and hope someone else will fix the problems while we watch American idol or whatever other mindless garbage that’s being forced down our throats. Im just saying that if we want change, it’ll have to start with changing ourselves…that’s the real issue.

  • American Patriot

    Well said sir.

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