This is an idea of what it might be like if we have a slow downward spiral instead of a crash. Assuming our government DOESN'T want it to crash, since it would disrupt most of the world, and would "stampede the sheep" as the saying goes, maybe that's what we'll have if they are successful at navigating between the rocks. Not to say we can't have a crash, as maybe it'll happen despite their efforts. Also, there doesn't seem to be much will in Washington to fix much of anything for real. They'd rather collect ammo and bulletproof booths, irradiate us in airports, and try to take our guns.
The author says first the post office will become unreliable, then the power grid. She suggests getting alternative utilities and developing cottage industries that will help people feel less like it's the end of the world as we know it. Like, a prepared meals service, or sewing alterations, or making junk jewelry for when China stops selling us theirs.
The post office is already in financial trouble. They are getting rid of Saturday service.
I'm really thinking about alternative utilities because my furnace has been broken for 2 weeks and the furnace man can't figure it out. It's a lemon. Maybe I'll build that rocket stove, but how do you keep the house warm when you're not home to watch your stove? I guess with the "mass heater" part, that releases heat slowly?