"Short of a total collapse of civilization like a nuclear war or zombie outbreak, I don't see that happening here. The masses will grumble as things change, then slowly adapt to it, opine for the good old days, and move on with the day to day of their lives. Most people's lives tend to take up most of their lives and they don't have time to both with revolt."
I was referring to when we reach a point where people are no longer distracted by their "lives" because they can no longer afford to distract themselves.
I think we are on a path that leads to most Americans living like 3rd world citizens. Maybe they'll accept it quietly but there's a decent chance they won't.
"Besides, do you think our doctors and lawyers and teachers would do any better against our military than those in the Arab Spring have done?"
It depends. Our military is largely made up of people whose families are hardest hit by our decline. I imagine that if if there were a large scale revolt in the US, many of the people involved would be ex-military or have family in the military. And many members of the military could be sympathetic to to the cause.
So I don't think the "rebels" would really have to take on our entire military or even most of it.
But I could be wrong. I'm often surprised by how far Americans are willing to go to defend fatcats in direct opposition to their own interests.