Profit of Doom?

As the author of such popular blogs as The Economic Collapse and End of the American Dream, which feature such headlines as “22 Signs That the Thin Veneer Of Civilization That We All Take For Granted Is Starting To Disappear,” Michael Snyder has a well-earned reputation as a purveyor of dark thoughts.

In conversation, though, Snyder, a lawyer by vocation but now a full-time blogger, researcher and activist, remains disarmingly chipper.

“A lot of people assume that I’m all about the doom and gloom,” Snyder says. “But the way I see it, I prefer to talk about things the way they really are without the spin of the mainstream media. We don’t do people any favors by trying to make them feel better. We do them favors by showing people how things really are.”

And how are things ahead—really—for Las Vegas? While 2012 won’t exactly be the stuff of post-apocalyptic cinema —shuttered casinos, empty restaurants, deserted hotels, drained swimming pools and the Strip largely dark and filled with hordes of angry, disenfranchised marauders—Snyder says it will be pretty bad.

“We’re in the middle of what I really believe is a long-term economic decline in the Western world, and the United States in particular,” he explains. “In terms of Las Vegas, as we saw during the last economic downturn it was hurt just about more than anyone else. When there is a huge economic downturn what do people cut back on first? Entertainment, luxury, vacations, gambling, things of that nature.”

Apocalyptic soothsaying on the Internet often goes hand in hand with sales pitches for investments in gold and other precious metals—and indeed the first two menu items atop the home page of are “gold coins” and “silver coins”—but Snyder says his reasons for blogging are altruistic: He wants to energize the dozing populace about how badly we’re being screwed by the Powers that Be.

Should Las Vegans be bracing for impact? “Without a doubt,” Snyder warns. “By the end of 2012 things are going to look a lot different than the beginning of 2012 in Las Vegas.” Those who remain in town could be hunting for more than Terry Fator tickets. As Snyder pointed out recently, “As the economy gets even worse civil unrest in this country is going to intensify and the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is going to start to disappear.”


How about Thunderdome?