Here is a series of posts published by a student who lived through Argentina's economic meltdown. Things might get bad in the United States.
The articles are good because they cut through the usual survivalism B.S. Most of us will not be living in bunkers or trading silver bullion at at trading store. Civilization will continue to exist. It will nonetheless be very dangerous. Robberies and kidnappings will be common, as will be rapes. Read the posts yourself for more information:
Or continue living like sheep, expecting that the government will maintain order and protect you and your family. Your choice.