spacecase0 wrote:a nationwide EMP would so totally destroy us
What do you mean us
? You got a mouse in your pocket?
If something like that happens I may get knocked down, but I swear to Almighty God I will not be knocked out. It may be hard, but I intend to claw my way back to the top of whatever heap of refuse I land in. I'll use hardwork, the experience I have earned from a lifetime of living in poverty and then working my way up through my skills alone, and finally pure cussedness. I will not quit until I am dead, and not even then, if I can help it.
Yeah civilization will lose the internet. I will miss it, but I remember these things called books that I used to get information from before the net. We will lose the convenience of flipping a switch and getting light or heat, but I remember using candles and oil lanterns for light. I remember fireplaces and woodstoves for heat. I remember cooking on those things and campfires and BBQ grills before I ever used a microwave.
One thing I took from that study of EMP everyone links to is that cars and trucks will fair pretty well. As long as we have that vital ground transport to move food and supplies the cities will remain viable. While the cities are viable we can recover financially. We can survive without household electricity for a while. Gas may be pretty scarce for a while, but we rationed it (and everything else from food to scrap metal) during WW2, we can do that again.
It won't be easy and a lot of people will die, but I don't believe civilization will fall and anarchy will rise. At least it won't anywhere myself and other good people are.