posted on Jan, 7 2013 @ 01:22 PM
For decades now, the undercurrent of the survivalist and "prepper" community created lists of what self proclaimed experts thought to be the most
important components to survival. Examples include the holy trinity of God, Guns, and Gold; Silver Bullion, Junk Silver, Lakota Copper, Food Storage
for months or years, Dried Beans, MREs, Bug Out Bags stuffed with gerber tools and emergency blankets, granola bars, Get out of Dodge Vehicles,
enormous camouflaged ruck sacks, $500+ EDC pcoket knives and 100+ lumen pocket flashlights, overflowing gun lockers, and of course, the topic of the
Here's the reality of a major social upheaval: The officers employed by the government have their own stored food supplies and emergency support
systems. They also have their own shelters, fuel supplies, and stored ammunition locations. Whether we are talking about the Seed Banks, NORAD, or the
local gas station that only supplies fuel to your highway patrol, the fact that they have their own SHTF supplies is hard to contest in all but the
most isolated and bankrupt enforcement communities.
This is critical to the next logical step of what will happen during a major disaster, particularly one in which something akin to the risk of martial
law, confiscation, or 20th century style death camps should follow. They WILL have their infrastructure, they WILL roam the earth, and they WILL be
shooting anyone who challenges their position in the social hierarchy. That is exactly how it works. You can run, but they can drive. You can shoot,
but they can shoot back. These aren't difficult concepts, but somehow, this all gets lost when people think about preparing for the worst.
In the hypothetical model in which you imagine yourself in some kind of wasteland, in some kind of nomadic black market trading bullion for cans of
dog food or a paper bag full of .223 ammunition, many people stop and say "hey wait! we need food, how are we going to have food without seeds? Seeds
are more valuable than gold". And this is where the reality needs to sink in. You do not live in the 19th century. You live in a time period where
satellites and drones fly over areas producing maps. Seeds are tiny portable renewable resources, but only if they find fertile soil. Only if they are
given time to grow. Only if they have enough sunshine and water. Only if they have enough space to grow. Growing a section of crops means you have to
secure a relatively large section of land for a very long time, and the renewable aspect is only functional if you can continue to secure larger and
larger plots of land. As in, you have to be able to secure land from the view of satellites and drones, and the upcoming tanks, soldiers, flame
throwers, and carpet bombing that may follow. In the history of warfare and subjugation, the destruction of crops is one of the most common tools of
tyrants. Crops can't run away. Crops can't easily hide. Crops can't be stuffed into a trench coat and carried safely through a sewer system of some
megalopolis. Seeds can, but where are you going to plant them?
You already live in a place where growing tomatoes in your front yard or herding "heirloom" pigs is a criminal offense. Your civilization is already
such that citizens go to jail for trying to transport milk across the border. How, in a world like this, do you think you can escape the same
satellites that scour for illegal swimming pools to dispense fines? How in a world where cameras read your license plates and a computer mails you a
toll fee or traffic ticket, do you think you can hide a farm? Where are you going to put it? Where is this farm going to be safe?
When a person buys land, they are actually renting that land - they do not have allodial or sovereign title. They have to pay taxes. Taxes to the same
people who can determine if they are "zoned" to grow crops. Taxes to the same people who can determine if the crops they are growing are the "right
kind" of crops. So you might have a pouch full of Yuzu seeds, or Peach Seeds, or Tomato seeds, but if the land isn't zoned for it, then the
government will send in armed and armored individuals to tell you to destroy it. They may simply arrest you and take your land. The point is, the land
is not yours, you do not really own the land, you dwell on the land like a peasant, and if the king doesn't want you planting your seeds, they are
worthless. In some cases, as happened in feudal periods, and as happens periodically in the present, the government may confiscate some or all of your
crops to feed itself. They may come to the conclusion that you do not deserve to have such an abundance of crops, so they will redistribute your crops
for the common good of their friends and family. Now imagine this reality, and let it sink in. In the dim chance that you are permitted to grow crops
in some kind of post apocalyptic scenario, the basic tenets of centralized government and collectivization will demand your labor be constituted as a
charity effort for the community. In other words, you will be labeled a serf to the state, and like the tobacco and cotton pickers of yore, your life
will be indistinguishable from slavery.
More commonly, the principle of seeds and crops is virtually identical to the principle of vast food storage, which as most of you already know, is a
supply the government wants you to report so that they may enact efficient confiscation and redistribution at a later date. Bugging in carries with it
the extreme risk of door to door raids, thieves, and confiscation. The most effective food storage has the following characteristics:
1. easily portable
2. easily concealable
3. easily consumable
Most food storage people acquire does not fit this description. If you have to have an oven to consume your food, it will be worthless without a power
supply, be it electricity, gas, or timber, without a sufficient power supply, it is worthless. When you burn a wood stove, or make a bonfire, you
create a smoke trail others can see alerting them to your location. If you try starting a fire indoors you risk suffocation. If you store hundreds and
thousands of pounds of food and raiders begin to roll in, you are not going to be able to carry it all, or load it all in time. Instead, it will be
Seeds are portable, but the crops they produce are not. You can buy and own seeds, but you cannot buy and own land. You can only rent land and only by
making your identity known and paying a local lord a measure of taxes for permission. People say seeds are worth 500 times the value of guns or gold.
That food is all important compared to these. It is more logical to conclude that the people with guns will simply take the food and the seeds and any
crops that might be harvested.
Any sane person who places a high value on seeds should challenge themselves to imagine this thought experiment, wherein the disaster imagined takes
place, where they have their seeds, and the men with tanks and bombs are still roaming about, shouting orders and wielding black rifles. Let them
imagine this scenario, and ask themselves "How shall these seeds preserve my life?"