At this point, I don't have much. I'm not panicking, and it's possible I should be much more worried than I am.
One general point-- you've got a minimum of three months before political changes.
Some reasons for less worry. A high proportion of people generally survive bad times. The worst thing you can imagine is not a good guide for prediction, usually. America has a lot of checks on political power. We know about the Nazis. That last isn't a guarantee of safety, but it was a lot easier for people to kid themselves about Germany being a civilized nation.
Guesses for preparation: build general capacity-- take care of your health, your finances, and your social network. Have cash. (The Handmaid's Tale is a nightmare, and part of it is about centralized control of money.) I realize people's resources vary a lot. You can only do what's possible. You may be able to get or give help.
The big picture: I don't trust government as much as a lot of people seem to, but I also acknowledge that it's useful. I think it's very early to be thinking about violent revolution, and things would have to be very dire for revolution to be a better bet than working on and with the system. This doesn't necessarily mean that you should be law-abiding if it looks very dangerous or debilitating. We're talking about guesswork, not bright moral distinctions.
Two Cheers for Anarchism is good about informal resistance.
Discussion of how to tell when things are getting really bad:
From Making Light:
First aid-- this is overwhelming, eat it one bite at a time.
I'd appreciate information about de-escalating street confrontations. I've done a little of that, mostly for myself, and my approach is so weird that I'm not sure how many other people can use it.
Please note that what I'm talking about is for relatively slow-moving confrontations and a shared language.
My underlying premise is that the most important thing is to lower the emotional intensity. My concealed premise is that there's nothing between people but dominance transactions. I believe that people mostly don't know what they want, so it's possible for the person who is more certain (in this case, that I don't want a dangerous confrontation) can take charge.
So I start calmly arguing. I'm not talking nonsense except that I apparently get so abstract that I'm incomprehensible-- if the other person says they don't understand me, I apologize and keep on going.
The point isn't what I'm saying. It's that they've been moved into a discussion.
I am not trying to shame them or change their life. I just want them to not be angry. If I can get them mildly bored this is good.
I feel faintly ill after I use this method. I think it takes a lot of repression.
I have no idea where this ability came from-- I've lived a pretty safe life.
Oh, and ask for what you do want rather than telling someone to stop what they're doing.
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