Can't see what class has to do with it. Can't see what's shocking about it either tbh - some lad held up a crowded train and a few yahoos in the crowd seized the opportunity to rough him up a bit. So what?
Fuck yeah! First thing people do when they build a house here is remove the hedge and spray roundup on everything. Why? Cos everyone else is doing it (apart from the hippies on the crossroads who don't even go to mass (i.e. us))
Ah here, I'm not advocating retreating to a bunker, just pointing out there are (very smart!) people in my social circle who kinda are.
If society really does look to be about to collapse, probably the most useful skill you could equip yourself with is learning how to make intoxicants. Nobody...
... but, c'mere - if things did go belly-up entirely here, Ireland could probably sustain most of its population living the kind of lives my parents had when they were growing up, couldn't it? Population density is pretty low, most of the land is cultivable
A woman in my work reckons "human population will go from billions to millions in the next decade most likely". She and her partner have moved to 40 acres in a low-climate-risk remote area in northern California. Some long posts from her on the work chat are bumming me out
In fairness, it is hard to see beyond your current lifestyle. In the countryside it's pretty difficult to avoid depending heavily on a car. Or 2 cars. If one of our cars vanished it'd be damn inconvenient, if both vanished we'd just have to move house.