QUOTE: "I honestly get the feeling that some radicals, rather than hoping this day never has to come, instead hope it will come quicker, and if that means that people have to become more miserable in order to hurry this along, that's a small price to pay. "
Yes, I have heard of this, what is called “chaos theory”, the idea that “a crash would be good for the economy/society)” . I don’t know a lot of people who would agree publically, but I have heard it talked about quietly… ideas like that the middle class will have to suffer for the greater good for end result or even that the middle class has brought the collapse upon themselves so tough shit if they suffer (I not agree with chaos theory as I believe that while the middle class with suffer, I am more worried about the poor because they will suffer a lot more)
I would say it’s a very North American concept. This idea that a chaos theory is better than having our capitalism society limp along through reformism which results in the killing a lot of people slowly vs. activists actively pushing things towards a collapse to get it over with, where a lot of people would die acutely and that would bring about a new world order.
The middle and upper classes would go into shock from their high fall from privilege and they would die off if they could not adapt to survive. And the poor class would also bear the brunt of the state’s reactionary attempt to maintain control/law and order through its domestic military and police.
A North American problem because in some parts of the global South, the collapse has already taken place so they are already living and dying in social devastation and chaos.