I've read a lot of literature on societies that have recently collapsed (Eastern European countries 80's-90's)...
They all said, in hind site, it was really weird...Like everyone KNEW something was wrong, but they were all too afraid and ignorant to come out and say it...but looking back, they FELT it.
People started hoarding a little more food, people were buying guns if they could... things like that.
All the while, the media and politicians were acting like everything was fine and normal.....
Arbitrary enforcement of the law is the mark of tyranny. Citizens will always fight against it.