THAT 70’s SHOW
Now, call me a cynic, but it seems to me that in general survivalist writers today are a lazy bunch. This could be just a reflection of society in general, and examples abound. Newspapers, in the few places they are published on the few days of the week they actually come out, “report” UP wire releases and rewritten Internet infotainment and get a printout of city hall meetings they condense and publish as local news. Corporate CEO’s go to college but apparently learn nothing, since the only thing they seem capable of doing is laying off workers or moving facilities to China. They make a few million a year and do almost nothing for it. Congress just rubber stamps any bill put in front of them, then collapse exhausted on the couch the rest of the time, drained from endless fund raising they are forced to do. Even collecting bribes is too much work for them. Movie actresses inject plastic in their boobs, lips and ass and make a few million before the next younger Barbie Doll Princess comes along. Yet, they probably work harder than all the rest as at least they have to memorize their lines. And it can’t be easy NOT eating all the time although I image if you snort enough cocaine that takes away the hunger pains. And survivalist writers? I won’t touch the whole “clueless readers submitting the writing” since I imagine editing is a lot of work, but just the general subject matter makes me think after a few 70’s era survivalist books are read, no more heavy thinking is involved. Again, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure learning code so that multiple ads can be crammed into one web page is a lot of work. I know I can’t begin to understand how a computer works past the mouse button, so I’m definitely not throwing rocks in that glass house.
If you base all your ideas on forty year old strategies for survival, there are bound to be a few issues. Back in the Evil Empire days when the Soviets were our only nightmare, you basically had one worry and that was a surprise missile attack. As long as you weren’t at ground zero ( and, there was plenty of discussion on exactly how close you could get and the engineering standards your shelter required to withstand blast pressure ) you could live and work in an urban area as long as you had a fallout shelter. Urban crime certainly wasn’t unheard of, there being the 60’s and all, and the 70’s itself saw unheard of amounts of barbarism in the cities, but it was still the era where money could segregate itself safely. Today folks THINK they can live safely in an upscale neighborhood, but it is no longer the case. The Yuppies have the illusion of safety behind various tricks such as higher paid police personnel and the widespread new practice of liberal concealed carry laws, but crime is everywhere. And remember those quaint 70’s marijuana growers? They used their own product and were mellow and cool. Today, tweakers are the rule and they aren’t too nice. They are mostly incompetent, so the illusion is one of safety. Which, mainly, you are. Safe. In your person. Your property, on the other hand…
Today, if you relocated to a missile strike safe area, you still might be in trouble. Are you safe from nuclear power plant grid down fuel rod meltdown? I won’t claim that nobody will MIRV us. But the odds are greatly reduced today. Those nuclear rods ain’t as safe as they used to be. A lot more of them forty years on. Yesteryear, employment was not the same as now. You still had factories and you still had all mom and pop retail stores. Work out in the country wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t impossible. Today, if you don’t do telecommuting ( and all the corporations use Indian workers. The only job open for you now is your own small business ) you don’t have a job outside the city ( other than cooking that crack ). And owning property certainly doesn’t pay like it used to. It used to be a path to true independence. Now, the taxes are so outrageous, you don’t have a chance at survival if you don’t have at least a part time job.
Forty years ago, most everything was repairable and made from materials that the craftsman could use. Leather, metal. Today it is all plastic. And microchips. Even an ace car mechanic has issues on some repairs given the computers in the car. The great thing about microchips is the lower cost and better performance. The bad thing is it is a replaceable item, not a repairable one. The flip side was you used to be able to take your crafts skills with you overseas, should you care to leave. Today, other than finance or corporate drone, what can you do overseas? Now, I’m not saying there aren’t niches you can’t exploit. You can, with hard enough work, hide away from it all, publish online with a satellite, hide from the property tax man, transition back a hundred years in your equipment, etc. No, I’m saying that most advice today seems unworkable. Mainly because of the regurgitated advice that was obsolete long ago. The one thing that still works, throwing enough money at any problem to avoid it, is unavailable to most of us. Your economics advice is pre-derivatives. Your government advice is from pre-FDR. Your relocation advice is based on a culture and economy from the sixties. Your logistics advice is pre-U.S. Peak Oil ( you know, the age of abundance ). Most of this is easy to figure out. Look out the window, see reality, then project things ten times as bad next year. Instead of listening to wishful thinking of the way things used to be. Oh, the ammo shortage ended. Oh, the drought ended. Oh, government got better. One day, it doesn’t get better.
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