posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 01:07 PM
TSHTF and the rise of Free Enterprise.
One of the assumptions of many survivalists seems to be that one day, out of the blue, the dollar will collapse and instantly cease to exist. I
believe this is an unrealistic belief. Think about it.
Imagine Apu, from the Simpsons, in the wake of some kind of Coronal Mass Ejection or EMP event. All power is lost, and all electrical equipment that
was unshielded is damaged beyond repair.
1. At first, people will crowd into the Kwikee Mart to try and buy all the beer and potato chips. Apu can only take cash, but sells off a lot of his
inventory, especially the stuff that will go bad quickly---you know, the wieners on the roto-grill, the chimichangas in the freezer, the beer, etc.
2. As supplies dwindle, and people run low on cash, they begin to get violent. A fist-fight breaks out over the last of the slim-jims. Someone
pulls a gun. A variety of things can happen. Apu can let himself be robbed, or he can break out the SKS from the cold locker (as happened in the
Watts Riots after the Rodney King verdict). The immediate crisis is resolved, one way or the other.
3. Apu's brother Sanjay shows up, and helps a bit with crowd control. It begins to dawn on Apu that the regional manager from Kwikee Corp wont be
driving up from Shelbyville to go over the weeks receipts. Apu realizes that he is the functional owner of that store's inventory, including the
15,000 gallons of gasoline in the underground tanks. Sanjay is worried that the dollars people pay with are really worthless, so Apu quadruples his
4. Sanjay takes some money to the bigbox hardware depot and buys some plywood to cover the windows of Kwikee Mart, as well as some sandbags to build
a defensible checkpoint for customers out front of the store. The manager at bigbox is still taking dollars, although prices have quadrupled.
5. Just as apu is about out of donuts and beer, a gardener arrives who wants to trade a shopping cart full of summer squash for 5 gallons of gasoline
(his roto-tiller still works). Another customer who raises chickens is willing to trade a dozen eggs for 2 dozen squash. Someone else trades a bag
of oregano for some squash as well. A third person trades a socket set for his squash.
6. Before he even realizes it, Apu is running a general store. So is the guy at the rival Gulp-n-Blow across the street, so is the guy down at bigbox
hardware depot. Apu's store has changed pretty radically. You don't go in the store; you just arrive at the front, where Apu pats you down under
the muzzle of Sanjay's HK. Apu tells you what he has. You show him what you have to trade, and then one of his kids goes into the store and fills a
basket with your order. After the barter is complete, you're free to go.
Basically, in SHTF scenarios, I think that the free market will almost instantly re-invent itself, minus the economies of scale set up by
transnational corporations. Most of the mega corporations will cease to exist (since they are only social constructs anyway), and the local employee
will expropriate the inventory, and go into business for himself.
What do you think?