13 Sep 2010
If you want to get an idea of how things go during the collapse of a state—at least, when it doesn’t fall into complete anarchy and civil war—check out Dmitry Orlov’s quirky book, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects.
He doesn’t post much on his blog, Club Orlov, but what he has to say is usually interesting.
Also, his funny 2009 talk to The Long Now Foundation, “Social Collapse Best Practices”, gives a good overview of what he has to say. I blogged before about one his recommendations: that each of us should go get a donkey.