The Middle East is uprising, Europeans are rioting, almost all governments are rapidly printing new money, and regardless of who wins this November, taxes will most likely be going up (if not overtly, then subversively.)
But is the end of the world coming? I don't know - maybe. If you look back on what people thought decades and centuries ago, they were concerned about the same things we are today. The war between Israel and Iran has been broiling for more than 20 years.
Our governments have always been taxing those who work and giving a reprieve to their "constituents" and their cronies.
In reality, nothing has changed - except for the rampant rise in the money supply and the rise in global unemployment, particularly youth unemployment.
You don't have to be a genius to figure out that unemployed teen or twenty something males can be trouble. Mix in a global and technologically advanced society, add in extreme austerity measures, and an overall sense of unfulfilled entitlement, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Yes, in the Middle East. Yes, in Europe. And also - here in the United States. That doesn't mean rioters will be showing up at your door anytime soon. But it also doesn't mean they won't.
Or that the prices of food, energy, and everything you actually "need" is going to be going up. Not yet, but soon. It will probably be insidious at first, and you may not even notice.
But eventually, we'll all notice. If you lived in the 70s, then perhaps you remember what inflation feels like.
If you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, then spend a few hours on Wikipedia or Google. Get to know what inflation means (hint: the greatest "silent" robber of wealth.) Find out what the major global governments are really doing. And start paying attention! Not to the news or what some celebrity had for breakfast - to what's really happening!
And prepare yourself in case the worst happens. I would highly recommend The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide for the bare minimum in what you can do without becoming a fanatic.
If I remember correctly, each section has one page that gives you the bare minimum action you should take. It's good advice and extremely rational. Like actually eating/drinking any food supplies you have and rotating what you have so you aren't throwing anything away!
If you want some quick tips - take a look at the video below.