posted on Jul, 21 2010 @ 10:43 AM
So this question goes out to everyone who wants to see the whole system come down. Now I'm not talking about a shift in government, anyone who
thinks that anything will actually change when the Republicans take a bite out of Democrat control this November are living in a fantasy world and
their opinions are irrelevent to me.
(Random Side Note: If you claim to be a Tea Party member and believe in all that the Tea Party says that it believes in, you better not vote
Republican, it just makes you an easily manipulated stooge)
But this is for people who are looking forward with a fundamentalist's glee to the downfall of government: Are You Ready?
Now I am not asking if you have enough guns to Protect What's Yours. Let us assume that we are all armed to the teeth, that any looters or
government agents or NWO operatives will be sorry they came, blah blah blah.
I'm asking about the meat hook realities of day to day life in the 5+ years it would potentially take to establish a true free market
anarcho-capitalist society with recognized and legitimate means of exchange and to re-establish the infrastructure which we all take for granted.
Make the following assumptions:
1. Local Government (towns, counties and states) run on Federal Dollars. The Fed collapses, their money is gone, their power is gone, there will be
no truly official authority. Assume that any authority figures who would try to create themselves a mini-dictatorship would be promptly and bloodily
dealt with. (I don't want to hear your alpha-male fantasies, so let's deal with the post bloodletting world).
2. Without government subsidies Petroleum will go through the roof (if available at all), couple that with the collapse of the dollar and internal
combustion engines will be luxury items.
3. The power grid will be gone or greatly reduced in capacity. You will no longer be able to count on anything that uses public electricity for
4. Based on assumption (2), the supply chain will be gone. All stores are out of perishables within 3 days. Besides, the dollar is worthless and
stores are not capable of accepting barter.
5. Based on assumption (4), you will need to procure all good within foot/bike/horse distance.
6. Power/Cooperation acquired at gunpoint is fleeting and will come back to haunt you sooner than later. Are you ready to convincingly put forth a
fair and viable plan for cooperation within your community to get through the crisis? Conversely, not everyone can be the leader, are you ready to
sublimate your ego to contribute to a viable plan that is not your own?
7. What are your useful, fundamentally necessary skills? I currently pay my bills paper pushing in a Gods-forsaken cube-farm. In a post-government,
post-"money" world what I do for a living will cease to exist. Are you in a similar boat? (probably, as MOST jobs in America today are similarly
useless) In a post P-G/P-M world I would instead rely on my background in construction, physical labor and teaching to be a productive member of a
8. How strong is your immediate network? How many people will you be physically able to join with in order to form the foundation of your localized
9. A localized community would require: A sustainable food source (including preservation and storage), basic life-saving medical expertise,
shelter.maintainence, child-care (as most adults will need to be productively engaged), education, safety (i.e. fire prevention, basic protection
(though let's not get bogged down in the "shooting the looters" fun, we all know you're a bad-@ss)). Can you and a trusted circle provide these
things at a location reachable for all on a single tank of gas?
I ask because it seems that people around here have two divergent but equally inplausible views of a post-government world. Some see a revolution on
the horizon, yet ignore the fact that the "revolutionaries" have only the negative rhetoric of those who want government "gone" they put forth
almost nothing in the way of a course of positive action. Others see a time when TSHTF on a scale so epic it has them running for the hills and
living off the land in a wooded idyll far from the burnt out cities of man.
Considering the possibility of governmental and financial collapse from a more realistic perspective, and putting aside the macho posturing of the arm
chair warrior, how ready are you to rebuild society from the ashes of the clusterfornication that our modern society has become?