posted on Oct, 9 2010 @ 11:33 AM
If things go bad...I mean really bad, then it will be tough going for a while. The only things of value will be guns, ammo, food, alcohol, cigarettes,
maybe toilet paper, and writing materials.
I just finished a book... Silk Flags and Cold Steel...about the Civil War in the piedmont region of NC. The economy was blockaded, on the verge of
collapse, price gauging, mass inflation on even the most basic of life neccessities. Deserters were hiding from the Home Guard and milittias...both
equally as bad and desperate...raiding and raping at will...even people that were their neighbors and even family. Retribution and revenge was handed
out by burning down homes...sometimes with the family inside....and shot if they ran out...and even then, hung in the front yard... creating bitter
rivalries and fueds that continued long after the war ended.
Flour went from 2.00 a barrel in 1861 prices to 15.00 a barrel, salt-sugar-coffee-flour were non existant, after repeated raids on the farms and
warehouses and stores from Union and Confederate raiders ... mass starvation ensued. Parents had their children wander along the road side in hopes of
collecting kernels of corn that fell from the supply wagons on the way to the war front. Livestock of any sort had by then been consumed, killed, or
"conscripted" into the army. Most families survived on wild game hunted like rabbits, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, etc.
Bartering only worked if you actually had something to barter. The idea of time/labor as a means of currency only works if the other party is trust
worthy...if they don't work in return for labor provided..the system breaks down quickly. It was quite shocking to me to see how trusted friends and
family quickly turned on each other in severe and harsh circumstances....recorded in news papers and diaries... truly and sadly, in a SHTF
scenario...there would be few if any you could trust.
The reason I mention this...it paints an eye opening and stark picture of what life would be like in the event of just such an economic breakdown as
so many here paint. Any resources you had would have to be dispersed and hidden and rationed out carefully. Watches/guards would be a neccessity on a
24/7 basis.... any excursion, no matter how brief would have to be in the accompiniment of an arm/weapon. Shelter away from the house would be a
neccessity to survival, as the home would be a calling card for bandits, raiders, desperadoes of the worst sort.
I suggest this book and others like it to get a true and dark picture of what society would break down to in the event of economic collapse and