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The mainstream media attempted to write off the implosion of the Baltic Dry Index as a fluke tied to the “overproductions of cargo ships” instead of a warning sign of deteriorating demand. The past six months have proven that assertion to be entirely false.
Obamacare, its tentative application and those who blindly support its introduction in the United States, are an example of a weak people groveling for handouts they do not work for nor deserve. Socialism is a waving of the white flag by a society and the trading of that culture’s liberty for the illusion of fiscal security.
Collectivism is a psychological prison derived from a beneficial instinct as old as humanity itself: the instinct to connect with others, to share experiences and knowledge, to build and create together. Collectivism uses this instinct as a weapon. In this age, our ideas of what constitutes “community” have been tainted and confused with the propaganda of collectivists.
Defiance is a virtue unto itself. It is its own means and its own end. Wherever people seek truth and honor, no consequence is foreboding enough to stop them. Defiance takes no notice of the threat of death. As more and more totalitarian measures are being instituted by government, is the time for defiance, even without assurance of victory, growing near?
Survivalism is not about taking on a new identity; it is about being prepared. It is not about paranoia and fear. It is about awareness, responsibility and common sense. A survivalist understands that until he is self-reliant, he cannot help others. His life is his own. If he fails to protect it, he has only himself to blame.
Several economic events are likely to take place this year, all of which are leading in one direction: the end of the greenback as the world reserve currency. Some people question how it would be even remotely possible that the dollar could be replaced. The question is a viable one. How could the dollar be unseated?
The battle over centralized versus decentralized authority and economy has been going on for quite some time. States can accomplish the task of insulation from financial crisis and Federal control, but State governments must be willing to actually pursue independence.
Oil as a commodity has always been a highly valuable early warning indicator of economic instability. Every conceivable element of our financial system depends on the price of energy. High energy prices derail healthy economies and completely decimate systems already on the verge of collapse. Oil affects everything.