There are a lot of blogs and pundits talking about the end of America as we know it.
The arguments center around
- The economy is going to go bust and America will go bankrupt
- The US won’t be a superpower anymore if the world goes off the dollar standard
- The 35-50% of people on the government dole will become violent once the economy tanks
- ISIS wants to take over the world
It’s all BS to distract folks from what’s important at best, and to be demoralizing at worst.
I’m working from the assumption that my readers are working hard at accumulating their preps.
Guns and ammo? Check.
Food supplies to last one year? Check.
Advanced medical supplies? Check.
Sources of water to last you forever? Check.
If you have the preps taken care of, how will the US Government going bankrupt destroy your life? Impossible. Yes, things will be very different and difficult. But you won’t die. With the size of the economy, even if the US defaults on all of its debt, foreign countries will be trading with us within six months.
How will your life change if the US is no longer a superpower? Heck, it might get better. According to CNN, we have a military presence in almost 150 countries! Navy floating around far away from our borders. Bring them home and not only will we be more secure, we’ll save trillions of dollars.
The zombie apocalypse won’t last long. In the absence of food, water, EBT cards, welfare and disability checks, most of them will be dead in less than a month. The challenge will be handling mass graves, not in fighting the hordes.
ISIS wants to take over the world? So what? I want a lot of things. Wishing for something is not the same thing as being able to do something about it. ISIS has no navy and no air force. They have no ballistic missiles. Let them fight it out amongst themselves. The Middle East has long fought between Shias, Sunnis and Persians. They are a tribal people who only belong to a “country” because of the western notion of artificially creating states. Let them fight it out.
Heck, if we brought our military home, then we could secure our four borders.
There is an old saying about history. There are two notions of what happened, conspiracy or fuckup. While there is a lot to say about screwing up, I put a lot of credence into the concept of conspiracy.
The best way to analyze these four scenarios is from the side of: “who benefits.”
With the crony capitalism of our federal government, lots of very rich folks are getting richer. During the last “great” depression, lots of the very rich became much richer, as they were the only ones with money and could buy lots of fixed assets like land and factories. The same thing would happen again. There is no incentive for the very rich to get rid of our high spending and high deficit.
Similarly, only the crony capitalists gain by spending to stay a superpower. Trillions of dollars spent on weapons systems that aren’t even that good. The F-35 is a perfect example. The US has 20 aircraft carriers. The rest of the world combined has 12. Russia has one. China has one. How would your life change if we weren’t a superpower? I’d suggest our lives would change for the good.
Unlike what we see on TV of the zombie apocalypse, the non producers in this country won’t exist after they die. Once there is nothing to steal, no money left to buy anything, and they have no food, water, fuel, etc., they will die. Politicians only spend money on the non-producers because they need votes. If martial law is declared and there are no more elections, they won’t be spending any money on them. Almost half of America will cease to exist. Rich folks win.
The ISIS threat is overplayed because it makes people money. We funded ISIS and continue to fund and supply them. Heck, the guns used in Paris have been tied to the CIA, in a flashback to the Fast and Furious debacle. Military contractors win big when we create a new military threat. Those who despise individual liberty love it when they can convince us that we need to give up more liberty for the illusion of security.
In the words of Fred Reed, “It is interesting to remember that terrorism is not bad for everybody. For the Pentagon, Nine-Eleven was a windfall, providing wars and new drones; for NSA, a massive expansion in its powers; for Israel and AIPAC, the destruction of Israel’s arch-enemy, Iraq; for the arms manufacturers, hundreds of billions; for the federal government in general, near-dictatorship and, for jihadists, the involvement of the US in crippling and endless wars. Which is what they wanted. Everybody profited except the American public.”
In summation, ignore the threat mongers.
Continue to do your preps.
How much to have is a question that can’t be answered. Some is better than none. You can’t have too much. Once you think you have enough, continue to get more. Help friends and family. The basics of food, training, knowledge are kind of like guns and bullets. You never really have enough.
It’s all local.