How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

“Civilizations are fragile, impermanent things,” Tainter writes. Nearly every one that has ever existed has also ceased to exist, yet “understanding disintegration has remained a distinctly minor concern in the social sciences.” It is only a mild overstatement to suggest that before Tainter, collapse was simply not a thing.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/04/magazine/societal-collapse.html