In the meantime the tools of civilization can be used to protect ourselves. Elections are important in dividing and defining territory in the short term. But you should be very careful about using economic variables to position yourself for the future.
The next few decades will be rough and ugly.
Looking into the long term, consider:
There is no such thing as progress -social, political, economic or otherwise.
Throughout 99.9% of human existence, humans have been hunter/gatherers.
Humans/Neanderthals have existed for millions of years. Civilization first blighted the land about 8,000 years ago and then slowly spread over the ensuing age.
In other words, Civilization is a bubble. And it will pop at some point.
Because Civilization is, obviously, unnatural.
I point this out as a reminder that the overarching structures of life, as defined by civilization, will collapse.
So the prepper mentality of stockpiling against the mood swings of civilization simply won’t do it.
Ironically enough, if you want a rough model of how survival will look in the future, look towards the homeless. They are, essentially, living a hunter/gatherer existence right now -only against the backdrop of Civilization.
So just imagine if you were forced to go onto the streets to live and to do so without the assistance of soup kitchens or shelters and so on, and you’ll begin to accustom your mind towards the reality that awaits us and/or our descendants.
The paradigm will continue to shift.
How, when and under what circumstances is anybody’s guess. It could happen suddenly or simply continue to unfold over a period of time.