Every now and then I ask myself why I prep. After all it doesn’t look like society is in any danger of immediate collapse. On the surface the market is doing well, the economy is back on track, the political picture may not be exactly stable, but it’s predictable.
So what’s there to worry about? Well, I got thinking about it and here’s what I came up with.
Here – in no particular order – are 10 Signs of a crumbling society:
- We’re moving towards becoming a police state. When even the littlest police department has a SWAT team delivering warrants for minor things and a simple traffic stop could end up with the driver in the hospital because the cops didn’t like the way he rolled down his window we’ve got trouble.
- Our privacy is gone. We have the NSA reading our email, listening to our phone conversations, and any other type of communication medium out there. This is another sign our government is taking away more and more of our freedom.
- The market is only doing well because the Fed has been pumping $80 billion in fake money to prop it up. If they were to cut this money out suddenly God knows what would happen, but it likely wouldn’t be good.
- People are becoming more and more unstable out there. Folks walking into a theater and opening fire, or driving through a crowd of innocent people or over kids playing in the street for no reason at all. This suggests to me that people care less about consequences and at least part of that may be due to high stress levels we live in today. The economy, lack of jobs, and other pressures are causing people to snap.
- Economic pressure. For example: both parents are now working full time to support the family. I have a good job that pays pretty well and so does my wife. We both make decent money, but we’re not rich by any stretch. We don’t spend extravagantly yet every time it looks like we might get ahead by a little the oil bill hits or something else pops up. The lifestyle we used to live is slipping away and now we’ll have to make cuts somewhere in order to save any cash. For example: daycare is $300 a week for two kids!
- Jobs in some places are still hard to find. Despite what the government says there are many people still out of work. When you have college educated people lining up to work at Walmart there are still serious issues with the economy and the government throwing money at it will not make it better. If you have lost your job you know what it’s like for TS to HTF.
- The Department of Homeland Security is another symptom of your rights being stripped away in the interest of keeping you safe. This department is growing in size and strength and it worries me.
- Fiat currency. This might fall in line with the market point above, but I think that our currency model is flawed. With the trillions of dollars pumped into the system over the last five years it’s hard to predict how that will effect us later, or maybe it did serve it’s purpose and pulled us out of the crash back in ’08. Maybe it would work if we didn’t abuse it; however, I think that as long as we have derivatives in the market place we’re riding a stick of lit dynamite with no idea when it’s going to go off.
- As a nation we’re more interested in Justin Beiber’s arrest than we are in the poverty that plagues our nation. People either don’t see it or don’t care, but either way it’s a problem that we need to wake up from.
- The declining middle class. It’s no secret that the rich are getting richer and the middle class is slowly eroding away. The gap between the two continues to grow.
There are more examples of course. Crumbling infrastructure, government shutdowns, rich lobbyists buying what they want for their owners, and on and on.
You’ve seen other reasons to prep just recently. In Virginia chemicals leaked out and contaminated water supplies. Even if you had the fancy water filters they’d still be useless in this situation. The best thing you could do would be to have water stocked up and ready to go.
Job loss, unexpected illness, an accident, mall shootings, your GPS getting you lost, are all examples of a personal SHTF event and in my mind are more likely than a societal collapse. However, that’s not to say I don’t have that thought lurking in the back of my mind. Anything is possible and in the end it makes sense to be ready for the curve balls that life might throw at you. That’s why I have a get home bag in my truck and some extra food and water stored away.
You just never know what’s around the next corner.
Some people say things aren’t going down hill in our country and world. That everything is just fine. If you believe that I’m happy for you. Who knows, maybe it is. I don’t think of myself as an alarmist, but with all the shootings and crazy stuff lately I find it hard to believe that everything is perfectly ok.
What do you think?
Are YOU ready?
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