Utilizing any number of different metrics, including the fact that the Obama administration is in power, social collapse in 2014 would not come as any great surprise!
As a matter of fact given the socialists, marxists, communists, community organizers and academics (Federal Reserve) who are in or near the controls of the US federal government it almost seems like a miracle we haven't already seen it!
In the context of the following article by Paul Craig Roberts, however, the focus for social collapse revolves around loss of privacy, surveillance and government intrusion into the lives of individual citizens.
'2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse'
'2014 is upon us. For a person who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1961, a year in which the class ring showed the same date right side up or upside down, the 21st century was a science fiction concept associated with Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” To us George Orwell’s 1984 seemed so far in the future we would never get there. Now it is 30 years in the past.
Did we get there in Orwell’s sense? In terms of surveillance technology, we are far beyond Orwell’s imagination. In terms of the unaccountability of government, we exceptional and indispensable people now live a 1984 existence. In his alternative to the Queen’s Christmas speech, Edward Snowden made the point that a person born in the 21st century will never experience privacy. For new generations the word privacy will refer to something mythical, like a unicorn.
Many Americans might never notice or care. I remember when telephone calls were considered to be private. In the 1940s and 1950s the telephone company could not always provide private lines. There were “party lines” in which two or more customers shared the same telephone line. It was considered extremely rude and inappropriate to listen in on someone’s calls and to monopolize the line with long duration conversations...'
Read the rest of the article at Paul Craig Roberts here.