posted on Oct, 1 2008 @ 06:05 AM
It is difficult to define what makes a survivalist different from any one else in the population? Why are we so different and what makes us tick?
Well to start with we don't like to rely on governments to dictate how we live our lives and by what values we find socially acceptable. We tend to
be a tad conservative in our outlook on the world.
We don't ask for anything more from the state than we can contribute, we prefer to stand up for ourselves, and in return we simply wish to be left
alone to live our lives by our own long established and generally traditional values.
We have a different view on how to live our lives in comparison to Mr & Mrs Joe Q Public, After work we tend to spend some of our free time on trying
to better our life skills and improve our knowledge of our environment to better prepare us for any given crisis and we make time to live life to its
fullest without harming anyone else or the environment where possible. We make contingency plans whilst Joe Public expects the Govt to provide for him
when things go wrong.
If there is a huge electrical storm and the main power substations get toasted Joe Public will pick up the phone and call the utility companies and
his councillor and sometimes even the police demanding that action be taken to put the power back on because "A" its not his fault, he pays his
bills and demands the service paid for. "B" Its the governments fault for not preventing it.
Meanwhile down the street the family of "weirdo's" who are survivalists use their flashlights to get out the stored camping lanterns and candles,
turn on their battery powered radio to find out more about what's happening, Then go round their close neighbours providing hot drinks, spare candles
and news reports.
Its the same with our kids and our free time, Joe Public will happily give his kids £10 and tell them to get out to play and get home before 11 pm
whist he and his partner head of to the Pub / Club/ Soccer match. Whilst their kids are tormenting the residents of some distant neighbourhood and
getting into all sorts of bother (drunk, stoned, arrested, pregnant etc) the Public's have got a skin full of beer and a takeaway meal, are screaming
and swearing at each other on the walk home, ruining the peace and quiet of the late evening.
(Mrs Smith at number 37 will once again wake up and find a discarded Chinese meal in her garden and old Tom at number 43 will find vomit all over his
When the Public's get home they find a message from the police dept on the answer phone saying young Wayne has been arrested for being drunk and
stealing a car, whilst discovering 15 year old Tracy is in bed with her boyfriend.
After the hassle with the police and social services you will find the Public's in the pub again the next day telling their associates that the
government should do something to stop kids from getting into trouble and "don't you think those stupid survivalists would have anything better to
do than go round banging on peoples doors asking folk if they would like some candles and a hot drink".
In the meantime what are the survivalists doing? First they are ensuring that if the gas / electricity / water go off they can get by comfortably with
their reserve kit. Dad is taking the lads out to go camping and cycling, and Mum is going to help the girls at the white water canoeing event before
she orders those books on helping educate your kids at home.
Tomorrow she will help the girls with their preparations for their exams and if they do alright she will let them off with their garden chores and let
them have some free time providing they are in by 10 pm and let her know where they are.
Last year when Mr Public and Mr Survivalist were laid off work at the same time Mr Survivalist spent his time doing odd jobs for people to earn a few
bucks and to maintain his dignity whilst going to night school to improve his education.
Mr public told his mates in the club were he spends his enforced free time that he went down the social security office and told them straight " I
demand some benefits because I've paid my taxes" and then evicted his kids saying "Get down the council and tell them you must be given a flat rent
free plus some dole because the bloody government wont help people like us when its their responsibility".
Mr Survivalist at the supermarket asks his wife “Cant we find something better than this for our main meal because the packet says it pre-processed,
full of E's and additives and preservatives, surely this cant be doing the kids any good"
Mr Public at the supermarket says to his wife “Don’t go wasting any money on fancy crap because I need to get my cigarettes yet and we need some
cash to go out with tonight".
Mrs public got mugged last week her assailant ran up to her and demanded her purse, he got it, Soon after the same thug came across Mrs Survivalist
and tried the same on her, he got it, a broken nose and fractured elbow from her telescopic baton. Of course it was the police and governments fault
for allowing Mrs Public to get attacked.
Mrs Survivalist went home with a confident smile on her face; she did not bother to report the attack because she knew that she would be the one who
There is a distinct difference between the mental attitude of the general public and survivalists in planning for and dealing with adversity, The
attitude of Joe Public has been and is getting more biased towards relying on the nanny state to tell them how to live, work and play and to not make
major decisions or take actions of their own accord. The politicians leap at every opportunity to react to knee jerk public outcry over some tragic
event and to introduce more and more Draconian / Orwellian legislation.
This leads us down a narrow path to a point of divergence, Society willingly gives away its given right to freedom every time a politician promises to
make things right with new laws, The shooting incidents at Hungerford and Dunblain are perfect examples of vote grabbing, knee jerk politics used to
disarm and pacify a population of willing serfs in exchange for hollow promises of a safer society.
If this was not truly the case then why have the British Police with Home Office support, year after year since 1918 but en masse since 1966 demanded
and received more restrictive firearms legislation, on the assurance that when such laws were introduced armed crime rates would be dramatically
reduced. Of course the opposite has been the effect, armed crime has risen year on year but the public no longer has the means to protect itsself.
The other evil side effect of tolerance and understanding is that the criminals get off leniently or Scot free to re-offend at will, and the public
get prosecuted to the fullest effect of the law if they try to protect themselves or their property. From 1996 to 2002 crimes of violence involving
firearms have risen over 51% in the UK according to the international crime survey.
( Since 1997 to 2004 Gun Crime and Violent crime in the UK have risen by over 100% while detection and arrest rates have fallen to an all time low,
this has led directly to an increase in the migration of decent families from the cities to more rural pastures)
[edit on 1-10-2008 by Northern Raider]