A friend of mine brought this up the other day and I thought it was worth discussing here. In a society that is suddenly without the rule of law, folks will probably get into all sorts of mischief. Looting comes to mind immediately, of course. We’ve seen that happen countless times during and after local disasters.
What isn’t talked about quite as much though is the settling of scores. By that, I’m referring to people who feel they were wronged at some point in their life and decide to get even with the offending parties. Perhaps a jilted ex-spouse decides to make a visit to the one who broke their heart. Or the guy who’s house was taken by the bank wants to discuss the matter with the bank president, who just happens to live in the same town.
If law enforcement has, for all intents and purposes, ceased to exist, these people may decide to take matters into their own hands. Hell, in some cases it might even be justifiable, at least to a degree.
I used to say there were essentially four categories of potential enemies in a post-collapse world.
1) Desperate neighbors
2) Power mongers
3) Looters and other ne’er do wells
I think perhaps we should add a 5th category. Maybe we’ll call them vengeance seekers. While you may have led a charmed life and never once got anyone angry with you, if you’re between them and their targets you might just be seen as a minor obstacle to be run over without second thought.
Just one more thing to watch out for.