Here is an article detailing what appears to be a complete social breakdown in a central Australian town.
Alice Springs is a township fast spiraling out of control. All the elements for turmoil are present: deep, cold fury among the mainstream population, a reckless gloom among the young bush people loitering here, vast demand for marijuana and a limitless supply, bad, reactive politics, a lack of new ideas, a need for drastic measures and a refusal even to debate the reforms that might have a chance.
This is home to many, yet as the article goes on, one is left wondering how people tolerate it. What causes a place to disintegrate? The factors are legion and often specific to that place. A long and ambiguous history of missteps with the Aboriginals is one important factor in this case.
Locals, unsurprisingly, have had enough. Some leave, some harden their hearts. Alice Springs used to be a subtle, fairly harmonious multiracial community. No longer. Race relations are worsening and fear is rising on both sides.
Commitment to a place is an important idea. But in the face of complete social breakdown, is there any place left to salvage? Would you stay?
H/T Rod Dreher