I checked yesterday the movie The Purge: Election Year (American Nightmare in French, which does not make sense because the title is already in English but nevermind), and I found it to be a correct entertainment film. Nothing surprising about the acting or script, kinda predictable but OK as a middle-range movie in the spectrum of quality.
However, the behavior of the people there, in my opinion, cruelly lacks accuracy. I do not think people would behave as such if The Purge really existed. Roaming into the street with weapons, people beheading others, making noise, drinking and such, playing all mighty while being exposed to any gunshot ... Do you have any historic examples about something similar happening, being in the US or elsewhere? I'd like to know. My main question is:
How would the society behave, and what would it become, if this day really happened? Here I try to get some elements of answer about logical, technical reasons for it to evolve. In a good, or a bad way? What about economics? Racial clustering? View from the rest of the world?
As mentioned before in comments, to be not opinion-based, I'm trying to get logical, technical and/or historical accuracy about your answer. The Why does it behave / become the way you describe it.
To refresh your awesome memories, here are some hints about what the Purge is:
- For 12 hours, counting down to sunset, every crime, including murder, are allowed and not punished. Steal, racism ...
- Nothing is said about pedophilia, incest, or even rape, because it is a movie which must be watched by a maximum of people, but here we talk about it: it is allowed.
- It lasts only 12 hours, and is set one precise day of the year.
- For this episode, diplomatic immunity isn't allowed to the government members (essential for the plot of the film, not here.)
- Basically everyone wants to shoot everyone else, if you believe the film.
To your keyboards, you have 12 hours.