So how much different do you will things be now compared to the 30's if we have an economic collapse? will there be riots? martial law? I think things will be worse for numerous reasons.most of the population in the 30's were living in rural areas and used to farming,had knowledge of growing,canning,livestock etc. There were a lot less people.people did not expect the goverment to take care of them.In other words Americans were still rugged individuals instead of pampered children.