From spaceship earth viewpoint, there is no such thing as alternatives. There is only one reality.
That reality is comprised of ideas of itself but there is no consensus at ground level- just opposing and conflicting ideas. That is reality- it is a constant conflict. A constant battle.
Leaders use the seduction of peace and the tyranny of fear to control herds but every sheep dog has it's day and when peace becomes an illusion and is then shattered and the tyranny of fear is challenged- it's party time. It's time for some new dogs.
The question for individuals conscious of that battle is a simple one- how can I get what I want. The answer is simple also. Whatever it takes- one way or another.
Chaos reigns. But out of it comes order. And then chaos.