What Does It Mean to “Prepare for the Economic Collapse”?

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Last week I wrote an article in response to the media’s vilification of preppers in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  The article was quoted in an article on Yahoo.com, to my great astonishment, and that is when I saw how little most people understand about prepping.  You can see in most of the 4492 comments the article received that many folks just don’t “get it”.

My inbox was filled with a barrage of  hate mail and a number of people felt compelled to leave angry (and rather ignorant) comments on my website. I got messages from people that called me “batsh*t crazy”, messages from gun control advocates, messages from people who directly blamed me and all other preppers for the massacre, and even one particularly hate-filled email from a person who said “I hope that your kids are killed at the next school shooting.

All of this leads me to reconfirm my belief that people sincerely do not understand why we do what we do, and that ignorance leads to fear.

People fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t conquer. ~ Andrew Smith

If you go back through history, the “visionaries” or “wise ones” were always mocked at best and feared at worst.  They were  cast out of society to live alone at the edge of the village; children would sneak onto their property to show their bravery; they were burned at the stake as witches and heretics.  Anything the larger percentage of people does not understand is treated as something evil and frightening.

Am I saying that preppers are all visionaries and sages?  Not in a mystical “Joan of Arc” sense – but I am saying that preppers are willing to see the writing on the wall and search for a deeper understanding.

Many preppers are preparing for an economic collapse and the subsequent social collapse that will be close behind.

If you don’t think this is realistic, then you aren’t paying attention to the world around you.

People have this image of hunger – they see it as the skeletal dark-skinned children in some third world country, bellies protruding as malnutrition sets in.

But the face of hunger and poverty today is as close as your next door neighbor. Millions of North Americans can barely afford to put their next meal on the table. They are living in their cars, if they’re lucky, and without shelter if they are not so lucky.

For many people the economic collapse has arrived. Their “end of the world” event has already occurred in the form of a job loss, the foreclosure of the family home, or an illness that has caused such massive personal debt that there is truly no way out of it.  Less than 60% of Americans who are of age to be in the work force have a full time job.  When you tally that, it means that more than 100 million people are out of work.    More than 100 million people in the United States have no jobs.  For more than 100 million people, the economic collapse has arrived in full force.

Meanwhile, as people all over the globe (think Greece, Italy, Spain, Argentina, the UK) struggle with high rates of unemployment, the prices of everything have gone up.  People are struggling to keep such simple necessities as running water and electricity. Grocery costs have skyrocketed – the World Bank released a statement that global food prices increased by 10% in ONE MONTH – July 2012.

And it’s only going to get worse – the Farm Bill was blocked by the US House of Representatives, and this means that the prices will skyrocket, as farms are no longer subsidized.  This will cause the industry to revert to the Agricultural Act written in 1949, meaning that the government is obligated to purchase dairy products from farmers at a cost that is twice what they are receiving now – this means that the price of a gallon of milk may skyrocket in January to as much as $8 per gallon. This is not an endorsement of government subsidies – this is a simple cause and effect observation to explain the reason people will be shocked when they go to the dairy case come January.

The price of food is increasing rapidly and dramatically.  Mac Slavo, of SHTFplan, wrote,

“We’ve seen what happens in countries where the populace is forced to spend 50% or more of their earned income on food. Despite how the media portrays it, the riots we’ve seen in the middle east, Greece and Spain have been largely fueled by cost increases in food and the inability of individuals to provide the basic essentials for their families.

Americans have been, for the most part, immune from these pressures thus far. But the social safety nets are very quickly becoming overburdened and prices at grocery stores are rising consistently and without pause.

With the consumer economy coming to a standstill, continued central bank monetary easing, job losses and wage reductions, and the urbanization of millions of people, it is only a matter of time before Americans are forced to spend 50% or more of their paychecks just to stay alive.”

When you read the above information, the case becomes clear for stocking a long-term food storage pantry. It makes personal economic sense to purchase commodities like grains for your family at today’s prices to be consumed when the price skyrockets even further.

It seems, from some of the comments I’ve  seen and received from non-preppers, that stockpiling food is acceptable, if somewhat eccentric.  But being able to defend that food is strictly out of the question.

For example:

“I have no problem with anyone stockpiling water and food for their ability to prolong their agonizing but inevitable death should this generation experience the “end of the world”. Unless you have a new planet in your back pocket that is complete with a an oxygen supply, food and water, your efforts to live past the rest of us will be the least enjoyable time spent here on earth. I believe it is the preppers’ need for stockpiling ammunition that is the bizarre twist on these so-called survival skills that is the “killer”. Pardon my pun. You see, if your survival depends on killing others than the world in which you will exist will not be worthy of keeping.”

They are delusional anti-social people. If you try to reason with them, you are attacked in the forums. You try to point out to them the truth, they slander you. These “preppers” should ALL be arrested , their food stockpiles distributed to the homeless, their guns conficated [sic]. Start with the people on the survivalist blogs.”

With all due respct [sic], many people are missing the point. Our Constitution garentees [sic] us the right to bear arms, but not to stockpile an arsenal. You folks who stockpile food and supplies are wise. It is the guns and huge quantities of bullets that are the problem.

Guns dont [sic] kill people. People who have no friends and have basements jammed full of ammo and canned goods kill people.

You know…this is just a bunch of gun nuts going out and buying all the guns they can get before the laws become stricter. Just a bunch of weak people living in fear of nothing. I choose not to live in fear and if the apocalypse comes…oh well. Sure, I’ll stock up on food when a blizzard is in the forecast…but do I have an arsenol [sic] in my basement…no. Honestly, people like peppers need to stop thinking all hell is going to break loose, and just live in REALITY.

So, this leads us to the next misconception about preppers – why do many prepared individuals feel that there might be social collapse to go along with the economic collapse?  Why do they feel that in the wake of a disaster that they and their families could be threatened?

There are very good, well-documented reasons for this.  Recent history tells us that frightened, hungry people become desperate and often violent.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, CNN reported that the city was under  siege.

“Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown said his agency was attempting to work “under conditions of urban warfare.”  Police snipers were stationed on the roof of their precinct, trying to protect it from armed miscreants roaming seemingly at will.  Officers warned a CNN crew to stay off the streets because of escalating danger, and cautioned others about attempted shootings and rapes by groups of young men.”

A similar experience occurred after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast in October.  The unmitigated violence and looting had residents terrified, especially after dark.  Via Twitter, people actively planned “looting parties” as the storm bore down on the area, according to a report by Infowars.

One resident described the scene to the Huffington Post. “People are turning on each other — they’re attacking each other. Even when there’s no disaster, this building is disastrous. But after the hurricane, it just got crazy.”

Unfortunately, it isn’t just in the wake of a disaster that the need for personal security is rising.  As the economy plummets, violent crime is in the upswing.  In 2011, the overall rate of violent crime increased by 18%.  (The numbers aren’t in yet for 2012.  As funding to police departments is reduced, the criminals have a larger window of opportunity. The police are throwing up their hands in defeat – they feel that they cannot protect people. In Detroit, the police department warned people to enter the city at their own risk as budget cuts result in fewer police and shorter hours of operation.

As the economic collapse increases and more and more people are going hungry, the need for proper security and self defense will also increase in a direct ratio, particularly for those who live in highly populated areas.  Desperation breeds crime.

People must educate themselves on the relationship between economic  need and violent crime.  Only then can they make a reasonable (and morally acceptable) plan to protect themselves and their families.

The economic collapse is not some far-fetched, end-of-the-world fantasy. It is the reality that is occurring all around us, incrementally.  The collapse that has been occurring since 2008 has been one of 1000 small cuts as income goes down and expenses go up.

Ask the people in Greece whether they regret not having stocked up on food supplies when those supplies were abundantly available.  Ask the people in Argentina whether they feel the need to be armed against roving gangs and home invaders – violent crime increased by 35% in one year. One study went so far as to call property crime a tool of redistribution: “Overall, these results suggest that property crime has been used as a redistributive tool for the poorest to compensate for their impoverishment during the last decade and in particular during the ultimate crisis in Argentina.”

This stuff is not fantasy – I have provided links to support every fact I have mentioned in this article.  Hunger, cold, crime and fear are the daily realities in many countries that once enjoyed a similar standard of living to that of the average North American.  That debt-based standard of living is unsustainable, though, and you must be able to connect these trends with what is happening in your own country in order to see the need for preparation.

For  those who say it is selfish for me to plan to take care of my responsibilities, I respond that it is selfish of you to expect me to take care of your responsibilities.  You have the same opportunities that I do to prepare.  I am far from wealthy (our income is actually below the “poverty line”) but I make room in my budget by eschewing foolish expenditures like twice-yearly vacations, new cars and the latest I-gadgets.

I don’t live in fear – I live in security, knowing that through my personal responsibility, my trust in my own instincts and my faith, I have done everything possible to protect my family from poverty, hunger and crime. If you aren’t currently prepared, I hope that the facts and statistics I’ve provided cause you to consider doing the same thing.

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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States.  She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.  Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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  • Cnsay

    Many thanks Daisy!

  • leo

    great article keep the truth coming. its funny though, people are afraid because they know their way of life is going to change due to our failing economic situation

  • Barbara

    Thank you for posting this. Now connected to RSS feed for this valuable website!

  • eisenkreutz

    anyone too stupid to prepare deserves exactly what they get. let ’em starve.

    • Jedrin

      The problem is the same people that rail against us protecting ourselves are actually setting us up to redistribute (to themselves) what we, the responsible, own and they want. It is a mental illness called duplicity. Feral Hogs, Lions and Sheep, that is a good way to classify the population strata of the planet.

  • LOOP

    I am forecasting US capitalize collapse since 2004. Mayan are right about Dec 21, 2012. Capitalism will collapse and new system will emerge. WEST will be the sufferers. As they claim to be civilized on planet earth. I say when hunger strike civilized become dogs. That will happen in the WEST in coming years. Unemployment, foreclosures, debts, killings, hatred, and dangerous of all RACISM as USA hold many nationalities. When WHITE get hungry they will point figures on those nationalities.
    WHITE as lowest saving rates, capitalism push them for spending, on the other hand Asian emphasize on saving. In turn when things gets worst Asian will in USA will be better off and WHITE will not grasp this reality and here comes RACISM.

    • Wavydavy

      Loop(y), the bad qualities you describe to us “whites” (I consider myself kind of tan/pink) will be experienced by all other cultures as they become more affluent. Notice that the obesity rate in China is increasing at a very fast rate. Also keep in mind the transgressions of Chairman Mao and Pol Pot and the millions that died as a result. No white people caused those deaths. Evil knows no skin color.

  • tell like it is

    God has given us life, a pure world to live on, and intelligence to succeed. Yet we squander and waste our abilities and now we can’t even keep nature under control. In what way will time and history show that humans have evolved? For the past 100 years we have made the “greatest advancements” in our evolution but today our cultures cure almost nothing, depend on oil and mass produced genetically modified foods, and we spend more money on war than on any humanitarian need. As a human race we have failed.

  • Harry

    Back when peanut boy was in office I had a good paying job, but the entire economy had went to hell.I am writing a book on the subject. Hope I get it finished and distributed before the collapse.

  • Daniels

    A well-written article. Thank you Daisy. Regarding the school massacre: I have not done any research but it does seem to be, as I suspected, an “inside job”, a concocted event designed to disarm the people of the US. Martial Law has been just around the corner since 911, and we all know who did that, and for what purpose. Disarming the people will make Martial Law very much easier to implement, and less er ‘messy’.

  • happypenguin

    I’m really sorry you received such vicious responses to your article. Here’s some advice: drop the email; why do you want to hear from these bozos? Get off Facebook, Twitter, and all other social media. The sheeple of the world want to hurt you, and you’re letting them do it. Disconnect; you’ll be a lot happier. Ultimately they’re going to be a lot hungrier, but it’s their problem. I don’t care anymore.

  • Stealth Spaniel

    Great article! The whiners, the lazy complainers, and the judgement crowd (all preppers should be in jail) are going to be the first to wonder why “The Government” doesn’t feed, protect, or shelter them. The elites will be over using the services and the rest of us-including their loyal sheeple-will have only ourselves to help ourselves. We need to be a self reliant nation again, and I fear that we will get there the hard way.
    So continue on the road to salvation with food, water, seeds, self protection, etc. Maintain your OPSEC and maintain your vigilance for freedom. We the prepared, know that our lives may be more difficult and may be more dangerous, but we also know that Liberty is the only answer. Do you survive on your knees or die on your feet? I will personally do what I can to help friends and family; no matter how deliberately stupid some of you may be. But, I will not allow any fool to drag me onto the road to serfdom!

  • Great article. Its unfortunate for the people that cant see things that we do. I have tried to explain to others and family and still get no response. I think this country has become lazy and their brains are fogged by all thats around them (gadgets,media,etc.) The world has changed and people should open their eyes. These people who say we are the crazy ones for stock piling weapons will be the first to try and break down our doors. All the items we stock up on can be traded or sold back with profit. Just say nothing happens you now made money on your guns and ammo +we all know the price always goes up) we saved on food sue to inflation and our stock piles. And our silver and gold is going to go way up there in value so thats better than a 401k. The greatest thing comes from your heart. You now know how not to rely on anyone and know that you can keep you family safe and pass down these traits to your children. (Farming,cooking,building,thinking) i see no wrong in prepping and once again thank you for this article. For the people that dont think much would happen I would love to buy your precious metal. http://Www.deansgoldbuyers.com I will even pay you spot prices since I know what will happen.

  • maddog

    And it all can be gone in a blink of an eye…..and it will.

  • If you stock up, be prepared for someone to call you a Hoarder and attempt to take your stuff. The best defense in that case is dissimulation. Hide most of the stuff in caches, have a “bait” portion that someone can take if you have no choice (just like carrying a decoy wallet in a high crime area), but be prepared to defend your home because some of these looters will kill you or rape you just as soon as look at you. And be prepared to get out of town if it gets too gnarly.

    If these lazy asses were raiding your wallet on the street, it would be obvious theft. But they still raid your bank account, it’s called your taxes paying for them to have kids on your dime and not have to work, while you work your ass off and can’t afford to have kids.

    Some people can see that robbing someone’s wallet on the street just because you’re broke is not OK. But if it’s your larder, they think it’s OK to invade your home and take all your food so they eat and you starve, and they feel justified BECAUSE you had food. How dare you have more than them.

    And at the point of a gummint gun, of course, since they think nobody should have guns but the gummint. That worked out so well for the Jews when their guns got taken away… what short memories men have.

    Many country folk store their wealth in land, cars and guns because of what happened in the Great Depression, they remember and they don’t trust banks or the gummint. They are right. Roosevelt stole all the gold. Banks foreclosed on land just because they could, not because anyone had missed a payment.

    When commerce grinds to a halt, people will demand to be fed and the .gov is going to start raiding the farmers, and it will be like the Holodomor in the Ukraine. That is sort of why this latest farm bill did not pass. There was too much of the .gov wanting people to farm for free. Unfortunately now milk is about to go to $8 a gallon, because that is the unsubsidized price. That is where inflation REALLY is. They’ve been hiding it from us by subsidizing things. And when people see the price of milk they will of course clamor to take the farms.

    These lazy asses are going to have to get off their asses and work, once they kill all the productive people and take their shit. but they are just cannon fodder for the commies, until they are no longer useful. They will die too. The commies aren’t going to fool around with a bunch of lazy whiners after they use them to get our country.

    Back to “hoarding”. It used to be common to have several months of food put by, when people farmed or had gardens. The harvest comes in pretty much all in about a month or two and you have to sit there and can it day after day. Then it’s pig killing time and Xmas is sausage season in many parts of the world for that reason. They wait till winter so the meat can hang in the cold until they process it. Then that food lasts you for the rest of the year while you grow/raise the next batch. It’s like only being able to go grocery shopping once or twice a year.

    Unfortunately now that a few people know I have extra food, they joke that they will come to me when they run out. They think they’re being funny now but they will be serious when they get hungry. They will find me considerably more serious at that point, as well.

    Piss poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine. Sorry! have a nice day.

    • Jelly Weldman

      Pity is all I can say. I have inlaws who are prepared for Armageddon and suppose they will be ok and let there grandkids starve. I don’t wish to live a life as you do. I choose to live and hope to work together when crisis comes and not just stay in a bubble of my own food while others starve??? Sad who wants to live that way. THINK….you sound insane. People will want to rape you and steal all your stuff make sure you are ready to leave town and go where ????? where is it safe from other human beings. PEACE is not through food/security. You have no control of that. Look to your maker and pray for peace and the right thing to do with you life and scary times if they are coming. He took care of a sparrow he will take care of His children. Irritated at all this foolishness.