The Folly Of Preparedness
December 8, 2011 by Bob Livingston
I sometimes close a column with a reminder to store water, food, guns, ammo and gold. Inevitably, that remark will spark a rejoinder pointing out the folly of preparedness.
Some people just don’t get it, and apparently no amount of “preaching” to them on the subject will get through. Boy Scouts, apparently, they aren’t. For them, normalcy bias — the belief that things will always be just like they are — is just too tough to overcome.
They don’t understand that being a prepper does not mean you believe a “zombie apocalypse” à la AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is eminent. It just means that you are preparing for whatever might come along: be it a vehicle breakdown in a remote location, a storm that knocks out power for several days or something much more catastrophic than even Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
A look back to New Orleans after Katrina provides an example of how quickly society can break down into anarchy once basic services are lost. What’s foolish about having a backup survival plan and enough water, food and medical supplies — and the means to protect them — to get you through at least a week in a situation in which you are on your own?
Those in New Orleans who were unprepared for the chaos found themselves dependent on nonexistent or ineffectual government services. Many died or suffered greatly as a result.
I believe that soon the dollar will collapse. It is unclear exactly how that is going to affect basic services (including those we depend upon government to provide), plus the banking system and the supply chain of food and other goods to stores. I know we have historical precedent to study; and I’m certain that when it happens, there is going to be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I believe that when that occurs, a barter system will develop in which tradable commodities along with gold and silver become the monetary system, if even for a short time. One reason I recommend you buy “junk silver” (pre-1965 silver coins) is that it could easily become the currency of choice. The coins look like the money we see every day but have the value of their silver content. Besides, both silver and gold have had value as “money” throughout every society in our history.
When disaster occurs, if you find yourself without the means to barter something of value, you will have to sell your labor or skill set to others or resort to scrounging or theft to survive.
So, is it foolish for me to have enough essentials stored away that my family and I will be well-set if (when) a weather event or something even more catastrophic occurs? I think it’s foolish not to.