Who Will Be The Enemy After The Collapse?


“Know your enemy” (from the ancient Chinese military text “The Art of War”), is always good advice when strategizing security. In the context of a post collapse society, this is also true. Who will be your enemy?

First of all, it will be ‘people’.

In a wide scale society-impacting disaster scenario, when the consciousness of the people is transitioning from full awareness to desperation (and probably before that to a lesser extent), there will be a definitive stereotype of individual and group(s) who will become your greatest risk to your overall security.

Apart from an invading army or a government turned against it’s people, the enemy will be…


They will be mostly ‘younger’, the age when most feel all powerful and invincible.

They will not have prepared in any way. The concept of prepping may have been beyond their financial capabilities or it had never entered their mind.

Their attitude will be (and mostly has been) to simply go out and take what they need, when they need it. This is the easy way for them, and they will be convinced that they can do it with impunity (invincible).

Many of this type have already faced tough/harsh conditions in their regular lives on the streets, and have been hardened from it.

They are used to violence.

They will band together in groups and are comfortable with a hierarchy of command and control. They will gravitate towards each other and be indoctrinated into organizations (gangs).


These are the people that we should fear the most during a worst-case post disastrous collapse. I do not mean fear in the sense of trembling from fright or giving passive respect, I mean ‘logical’ fear or a realization of threat… something to prepare for or have a plan against.

Planning a passive, defensive, or offensive strategy to survive this enemy may be far different than what you may have thought. This enemy is ready and willing to export violence, and will have no qualms doing so. They are not the type who will politely knock on your door. They are the type who will purposely seek out prey while looking for opportunities, weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

‘If’ things were ever to decay to the point where a large portion of the immediate population is in despair or desperate straits, chances are high that many preppers (and others) will encounter this enemy. The question is, what can you do to prevent it and what will you do if you cannot?

It’s best to plan ahead for the ‘what if’s’. It’s also best to take a look at your situation from the outside looking in. In other words, imagine as though you are a scout for the gang as you pass by your place. What do you look like to them? Are you an obvious target? If so, why? Is your home or location easily visible and/or vulnerable? What are the things you can do to create more deterrents so that you may be passed by?

Also ask yourself this… What will you do if a group of thugs bash into your home from the back and the front with overwhelming force? Think it couldn’t happen? Home invasions happen all the time, and we’re not even in a collapse situation!

There are very many questions and there are even more answers to them, all worth lots of words and discussion. The intent of this is to invite you to understand and accept who your greatest enemy may be, should our society collapse into a heap of dung.

Once you accept that, then it’s on to solutions… to follow.


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  1. Since the government can’t take away our guns, without looking like the evil doers they are, they’ve decided to devise a plan for us to turn them on each other. We have been systematically divided in preparation to be conquered. Count the number of ‘warfares’ they have hatched to accomplish this: political, class, race, financial, corporate, job, media, foreign and the list goes on adding a new one almost daily. Once their manufactured civil war begins, it will give them an excuse to point at our second amendment and say that is the cause of all our hardship, death and destruction. The same second amendment in our constitution these civil war starters swore to uphold and protect. This action makes one guilty of treason in the highest degree.
    You think a $10/hr TSA or DHS employee is going to fire on their own neighbors? Not a chance. This is all intimidation, manipulation and provocation, orchestrated by the powerz who wish to dismantle our nation so they can ride in like the cavalry and take it over in the name of humanitarianism. NOW MORE THAN EVER is the time to befriend and unite with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to establish our front line against what is obviously a system taken over and gone horribly wrong. There’s no truer words uttered than the old cliche, “United we stand, divided we fall” as this simple philosophy has been proven time and time again throughout history as make or break for any nation.

  2. If you haven’t already read him, I would recommend Salco over @ . He blogs about his experience when it all fell apart in Bosnia. Portrays a very educational vision on just how animalistic common folks become.

  3. I’m too busy prepping and training to worry about who will be after me and other preppers. I just picked up a Mossberg Persuader over the weekend, along with several boxes of double-aught, to add another facet to my protection.

  4. Don’t be too sure about the TSA or any other ABC federal department not firing on citizens. They count as potential enemies, becuase you think they won’t try to remove guns from the american people you have not studied history and the lengths at which governments will go to survive. They already look like “evil doers”. The really could care less about your right to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment is very clear that the Framers put it in the Bill Of Rights as a final check and balance on a tyrannical government.

    Hordes of People will be potential enemies but so will your precious government agents and military. Don’t be deceived into thinking they won’t be. That knock on the door and a friendly “we are from the government, we are here to help…..take your guns safely, commadeer your supplies for the greater good….etc. Has you failing to see the EO that have been signed into law recently declaring even peacetime martial law.

    They will fire, thus the need for DHS to purchase 450 million rounds of .40 cal hollow points…..the round DHS Agents carry for filed use not training.

  5. bury your weapons in PVC away from living dwelling……KEEP a couple of “no count” firearms other than a good shotgun for home invasion…..and when you do get that knock on the door….comply like a good comrade….give em up….with the mindset that you are still ready for what may come in the line of defense. Oh…don’t forget what happened during Katrina to the folks that stayed behind to defend their property. The military came in and confiscated all firearms….and those who did not comply was….lets say…collateral damage and covered up. Don’t ever think that the military will not do what they are told!

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