Learn A Post-Collapse Trade Before It’s Too Late

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There comes a point in the analysis of any problem when its escalation turns so blatantly obvious that the disaster is self-explanatory. The economic crisis in the United States and around the globe is one of those problems. While there are still plenty of people out there who remain ignorant to the immediate danger, I think we are very close (at least in America) to a point of maximum velocity. The more accelerated the awakening, however, the faster globalist interests will pull the plug on what remains of our financial system.

Most citizens are at least vaguely concerned with the state of our country and are attempting to learn more. The survival methodology has gone mainstream and grows in popularity daily. Even the annual Bilderberg meeting — a confab of the world’s most influential economic and political power mongers, which mainstream media entities have long refused to publicly acknowledge — is finally being exposed to the light of day.  We are now in a race, a mad dash to shape the future battle space before the elites position themselves for the final conflict.

Further economic analysis would merely reaffirm what most of us in the liberty movement already know, but let’s recap our situation for the sake of clarity.

Full-Spectrum Fiscal Disaster Is No Longer Theory; It Is Certain

The U.S. stock market is now in the midst of perhaps the largest artificial bubble in world history. Virtually all movements in the Dow are now determined by the stimulus actions of the private Federal Reserve. Agents of the Fed, including former Chairman Alan Greenspan and current branch head Richard Fisher, have openly admitted in separate interviews that the central bank’s primary directive has been to prop up equities to give the public the illusion of stability, rather than to revamp consumer credit markets as originally promised. Because of the system’s dependence on Fed fiat, whenever the smallest rumor of a possible reduction in stimulus is heard, the markets tumble.

To illustrate how detached and absurd our economic reality has become, investors now actually rally around the Dow whenever bad financial news is released because bad news means there is higher likelihood that the Fed will continue fiat printing.

For example, Reuters reported on June 4: “A report released on Monday showed the Institute for Supply Management’s index of U.S. factory activity fell to its lowest since June 2009 and tempered expectations the Fed would retrace its stimulus measures.”

This indicates that our current economy is so fragile that it is utterly incapable of sustaining concrete investment without the Fed creating dollars out of thin air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In fact, I have to laugh anytime a mainstream analyst suggests we have entered a phase of recovery. Let the Fed stop all stimulus, and then we’ll see how much legitimate “growth” is actually taking place.

The wealth of most Americans is down 55 percent since the “recession” officially began in 2008. Job creation remains dismal. In 2010, 58.7 percent of working-age Americans were employed. In 2013, that number fell to 58.6 percent (according to official statistics), meaning there has been no improvement in the jobs sector of the U.S. economy following the 2008 collapse, despite all the claims by the Fed and the Administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama that bailout dollars and quantitative easing measures would bring jobs back to life.

Also, keep in mind that a rating of 58 percent employment may have been acceptable in the 1950s and 1960s when the U.S. population was half what is today. However, 42 percent unemployed working-age Americans in a population of 350 million is a dangerous prospect. Add to this the fact that, in those days, high-paying manufacturing jobs were the norm. Today, blue collar business has been replaced by burger-shoveling-wage slavery.

Unknown trillions of dollars have been printed, the dollar has been inflated and devalued, national debt is skyrocketing, and there’s absolutely nothing to show for it.

In the global political sphere, tensions continue under the surface between North Korea and South Korea, while the conflict in Syria appears to be spreading like a plague, drawing in multiple nations and promising a high probability of widespread warfare. Any broad-based disaster at this tenuous time will trigger a breakdown in the U.S. fiscal system. A crisis is inevitable.

Once we accept this fact, we must then ask ourselves a simple question: What can we, as individuals, do about it? In the liberty movement, most activists agree on the causes of our current dilemma as well as the eventual direction we are headed. Unfortunately, the movement completely diverges when it comes to solutions.

Fight Tyranny From The Bottom Up

Though there are as many “silver bullet” ideas as there are people, I would divide the argument over solutions into two basic camps:  top-down proponents and bottom-up proponents.

I have heard numerous theories fielded, from suing the Fed to voting Republican to impeachment to leaving the country to marching on Washington, D.C., with rifle in hand. These are what I call top-down solutions, none of which take into account the need for localized independence. If you cannot even sustain yourself where you live and if you are unable to provide your own survival necessities, then what good is voting, suing, impeaching or marching abroad going to do?

The problem with the average solution put forward by well-meaning, but sometimes naïve, activists is that they cannot seem to free themselves from the top-down mentality. For them, all big sociopolitical changes must be made at what they believe to be the epicenter and often by working within the controlled paradigm. They think they can play the game better than the men who created it. They forget all about the periphery, the foundation of localism. They forget that to give independence to the world, they must first give independence to themselves. I am consistently astonished by the number of liberty movement activists who don’t even have food storage, a decent rifle or a worthwhile barter skill, yet seem to think they are ready to march weapon-bound to Washington.

Let’s be clear about something: Even if the masses coalesce to overthrow our currently corrupt political matrix of puppet middlemen, we are still left with an international banking oligarchy as well as a collapsing economy. The fight doesn’t end when you boot out the paid-off politicians; the fight has just begun. It is childish and foolish to believe otherwise. Therefore, one must plan ahead if one wishes to be victorious in the battle for a decentralized society.

This decentralization starts with you — in your personal life and within your community. The last thing the establishment wants is for individuals, neighborhoods and towns to decouple from the mainstream system and provide for themselves. This is what they truly fear — not empty marches without tangible goals or intelligent planning.

One thing that every American can do right now to bolster and inspire real revolution would be to learn a trade or skill that would be highly valuable in a post-collapse environment. If you cannot sustain yourself, then you cannot thrive and you cannot fight. If your neighborhood or town is unable to produce necessities for barter, then there is no trade, no organization, no cooperation and, thus, no organized will to fight. That is to say, global liberty stems from local industry.

During a debt and currency crisis, barter will probably be the most accessible form of local industry. The following is a list of examples of post-collapse skills and trade models that you could learn or construct within the next six months in order to ensure you are a sought-after partner in your own community when breakdown occurs:

  • Fresh Water Storage And Filtration: Clean water is a precious commodity, especially in a collapse situation when central treatment plants stop functioning. Whether urban or rural, many people are not equipped to provide ample water supply that is free of contaminants. Those who choose to boil whatever stagnant pools they find still have to contend with disgusting tastes and smells. Fresh, clean water will be sought after, and stockpiling filtration equipment ahead of time means you have a ready-made barter business in place. As long as you have the means to protect that business from looters, you have cemented your position as a vital barter hub within your neighborhood or town.
  • Solar Power Bank: Use a well-maintained solar power array to charge deep-cycle batteries for your barter network. The need for electricity will not disappear post-collapse. There are literally hundreds of tools people will need, from flashlights to food dehydrators to night vision. Not everyone can afford to set up his own solar array, but most families can afford to purchase a few deep-cycle batteries. If you have the means to charge those batteries, then you have a valuable service to barter.
  • Seed Saving And Storage: The ability to grow food is a talent. A good gardener is a godsend to any survival community. That said, a person who knows how to effectively save and store seeds is even more important. Most people never consider that seed availability (especially heirloom seeds) might dissipate. One person with knowledge could take one good crop and turn it into dozens, or even hundreds. Learn to do this professionally, and you will never be without barter customers.
  • Gunsmithing: The establishment has been quite open about its intentions to continue pursuit of gun legislation and, eventually, confiscation. There may come a day very soon when the guns we have in our hands are the only guns we’ll be able to find. We will have to think less in terms of replacing items and more in terms of repairing them. Learn how to fix weapons and invest in the machinery to fashion new parts from scratch, and you will be one of the most sought-after members of your barter network.
  • Ammunition Production: I don’t have to tell you that the ammunition market is bone dry lately. I have never seen anything like it in my life, and neither has anyone else. Even during the “assault weapons ban” of the 1990s, parts and ammo were far more available than they are now. In response, smaller companies across the United States are starting to spring up to fill the void, producing higher-quality ammo at affordable prices, but with a reduced output. I would take this model down to the local level. If every survival community had a dedicated ammo smith (or at least a reloading expert), then regional and nationwide supplies might be rejuvenated (unless the Department of Homeland Security buys another 1.6 billion “practice rounds”). Making ammo can be slow and tedious (starting with scratch brass and lead is even more so). Output would be limited, but having some is better than having none. Also, I have no doubt that ammo will be treated like a currency in the near future.

There are numerous trade skills that one can learn to become more viable within a post-collapse economy. No one can provide every necessity or foresee every eventual need. Therefore, a barter community of tradesmen is essential and is the foundation of a truly free and prosperous society. The pursuit of a post-collapse skill should be at the top of every survivalist’s to-do list. It is not something to be put off or shelved for a later date. Learn one today — not tomorrow. This solution is within your power to make happen now. Do not waste the opportunity, especially in pursuit of top-down schemes that serve only to give false hope and zero returns.

–Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

is the founder of the Alternative Market Project, an organization designed to help you find like-minded activists and preppers in your local area so that you can network and construct communities for barter and mutual aid. Join Alt-Market.com today and learn what it means to step away from the unstable mainstream system and build something better. You can contact Brandon Smith at: brandon@alt-market.com

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  • $9913635

    Good ,but obvious idea. Read the story about the guy that got into that Bosnia siege in the 90’s for starters of real world SHTF.

    • $28109413

      SHTFschool.com, Selco is the guys name you refer to. Very informative website. Lots of FREE info available or you can become a member for 20 bucks and get all the rest of the story.

  • independent thinker

    “I don’t have to tell you that the ammunition market is bone dry lately.”
    I have noticed ammunition slowly becoming more available although ready availability has a long way to go. Part of the problem with ammunition availibility is people who buy all available ammunition instead of buying a couple of boxes and leaving some for the next customer when it does show up in the stores. I was talking to a person at a gun show recently and he said in his opinion in about 6 months there would be a glut of ammunition and it would be dirt cheap since there was so much available. He also thought the same would apply to firearms although not to the same extent as ammunition. Hope he is right.

    • independent thinker

      I do not mean to imply one should not learn to handload their own ammunition. If nothing else that can save you a few pennies and as the author says it is a useful skill in a survival situation.

      • Cliffystones

        Something I intend to do myself. But for now, even the reloading supplies are a bit hard to come by.

      • Wellarmed

        I personally have resolved to help my local area tweaker’s by offering to buy all the spent brass they can dig up from our local out door shooting ranges. I figured it would be a more worthwhile pursuit for them than attempting to break into my house when I am away at work.

        5 cents a piece for good reload-able brass and 7 cents if the primers are removed and pockets cleaned. In addition I buy 2 1/2 gallon buckets filled with vehicle wheel weights from all the abandoned cars surrounding our town. They work great when melted as they can be poured into the proper die set for projectile manufacturing. Although not what I would consider match grade ammo, I do believe that they will get the job done.

        Dead is Dead and it does not matter if is by match grade or home made.

        Powder and primers should be stockpiled to the moon and sufficiently cached at numerous locations. Make certain to leave ALL electronic devices at home when you do so, and do not rely on GPS systems for locating your cache.

        Map and compass only! Get your old Boy Scout manual out of the closet if you need a refresher.

        Remember that the Government, NOT private industry controls all power, communications, and GPS systems. If you have a vehicle equipped with an onstar system, then sell it and buy one that does not. Pre 1999 preferably.

        Good luck everyone, were going to need it!

    • Native Blood

      Arrows are in plentiful supply. If you get the metal ones you could build a nice antenna for Ham communications.if you would not prefer to use a bow.

      • Wellarmed

        Agreed Native Blood.

        Bow and arrow only for hunting as ammo will be too scarce and firearms can give away your position due to noise and or muzzle blast (even with silencer/diffuser which everyone should learn how to make).

        Bow is also very good for recon and everyone should become proficient with its use. In some ways it is far more deadlier than a firearm and the ammo is reusable if one is close enough to their target to extract. Can’t say that about firearms.

        As far as using your enemies ammo and weapons, I would do so only if I saw it fall from their hands in use, and I would never take said weapon back to your base camp with out a full tear down and inspection for an RFID chip. Theirs nothing like sending a daisy cutter down on your own position which is in effect committing suicide.

        Everyone remember that all is fair in love and war, and once this starts they will use everything that “we the people” paid for with our taxes against us.

    • Average_Joe56

      One of the smart things that I did, was to buy firearms that are not in overly common use. (9mm Makarov, AK-47)
      While everyone else was having problems finding 9mm Parabellum and .223, I had no problems finding and stocking up on ammo.
      All of my friends thought I was crazy. They all told me “buy something that you can pick up ammo from the battlefield”….I reminded them, that if I am able to pick up ammo from the battlefield, I can also pick up Firearms from that same battlefield. In the meantime, I have plenty of ammo…and they are all still struggling to find some… Sometimes, you just have to think outside of the box.

      • chocopot

        Out of curiosity, when shopping on the internet for ammo, I tend to look at the less common calibers to check on their availability. Since they are not as readily available in the first place, they seem to run out just as quickly. I am not disputing what you stated, but from my observation, the less common calibers, especially handgun calibers, are usually sold out as well.

        • Average_Joe56

          I have several local shops to choose from as well as using Gunbrokers.com and a few other OL sites. Quite frankly, I have been buying at least 100 rounds of each per week since back in October and have had no problem buying 7.62 x 39, 7.62 x 54, or 9mm Makarov. I won’t say that that prices haven’t gone up, because they have (considerably).
          My recent purchases have also included 300 rounds. of 7.62 x 39 Chinese pre-ban AP steel core. Since starting the Gunsmithing course, buying and selling parts and ammo have become sort of a side business. When the AK 30 round magazines “dried up” I had a supplier with over 4000 TAPCO magazines in stock…I’ve done well in selling many of those. I mostly do flea markets…selling accessories (until I get my FFL).

        • JeffH

          AJ, good point. I’ve got an ample supply on hand of the 9 & 5.56 and I’m building a new “custom” 20″ fluted bull AR.

          I p/u my lower on the 17th and the upper should be in transit and delivered within 10 days. I just stocked up on a couple thousand rds of 22LR and will be adding more of the other stuff as prices start to drop and they become more available.

          FYI, http://www.classicfirearms.com/ammunition
          Wolf 7.62×39 FMJ Ammo – 1000rd case $299.00

          • Average_Joe56

            Thanks for the link…and welcome back!
            I am looking more at the Wolf 7.62 x 39 HP…same price.
            My next project is going to be a custom AK-74 5.45 x 39. I don’t know why, but I seem to have a thing for Russian firearms….Someday, I hope to get my hands on a Dragonov sniper rifle…funds are a bit tight right now though (tied up elsewhere for the moment)
            Again, glad to have you back!.
            .

          • JeffH

            AJ, thanks, but I haven’t gone away, just not posting as often.

            I had a friend that built an 80% AK last year…totally legal, no serial, no registration necessary because it was a home built gun and the receiver was only 80% complete. He had to bend it and drill it to finish it. It’s ugly but it shoots extremely well, like the AK’s were designed to do. By law, he cannot sell it or give it away to family either.

            Take a look at these if you’re not familiar with them.
            Sarco, Inc: http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/
            AK builder: http://ak-builder.com/
            AK Parts: http://www.akparts.com/index.htm

          • KG

            I found a PSL at a pawn shop. It fires the 7.62x54r – very common in spam cans. I have about 1000 rounds i’ve been collecting for the past few years. However, all of my targets have Republicans on them.

  • KG

    Typical doomtard. Your life must be a pitiful sad lot. The only excitement you look forward to is to shoot and kill starving Americans. As well as please your G-d by shewing yourself worthy through the number of tuna fish cans buried in your backyard. If the world comes to and end, what can I really do? I’ve got a new shovel I bought from Lowe’s. I’m gonna dig a hole in the backyard so I have a place to take a crap.

    • David M.

      @KG

      *Yawn* Boring Ad Hominem bile spewed in ignorance. A perfect example of why having an opinion does not necessarily make you intelligent.

      • KG

        And being intelligent doesn’t make one wise either.

    • Don 2

      Good, now you can stop crapping here!

    • hippybiker

      What a maroon. I guess your parents didn’t live through the depression like mine did. Both sides of the family worked for the Rail Road, but things were still tough. I guess your limited education has not allowed you to understand that one of the most sought after and traded items in those times was ammunition of all kinds.

      • Wellarmed

        I would not waste my time commenting about KGs statements as he/she is not worthy of a response. My grandparents were eating slop out of a bucket at times during the depression but being that they had a farm, they fed everyone that came by so long as they put a days work in afterward. No one was turned away; hence the bucket. They were true good Christians. I am and Atheist but would do the same if and when that time comes.

    • Vigilant

      KG says, “I’m gonna dig a hole in the backyard so I have a place to take a crap.”

      Dig it six feet deep, ’cause when your Pollyanna optimism comes face to face with reality, you’re gonna kill yourself. At that point, we can shove you in the hole and then crap on you.

      • Average_Joe56

        KG’s likely occupation after the collapse is as a “Filler”…. as in… he will be placed in a hole…to help fill it up…before covering the hole with dirt……

    • KPH

      Well, KG you have shown yourself to be a “prepper” too. Not to a high degree, but a “prepper” none the less! Unfortunately, will be a big need for shovels after a collapse. Good luck keeping yours.

    • JimH

      @KG, With your new shovel, your post-collapse trade can be latrine digger.
      With all that you spread in your comments it would be poetic justice.
      Grave digger will come along later, when the ones who failed to prepare start thinning out.

    • JeffH

      To even respond to such ignorance isn’t worth it.
      “Stupid is as stupid does” – F. Gump

    • WTS/JAY

      If you truly wish to become a successful and well know internet-troll, KG, the first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with your target audience. Not knowing this, could allow for ethnic taints, that if made, could create a bad situation for everyone which we are certainly not looking for.

      The second, basic aspect of becoming a successful internet-troll, KG, is to stay away from topics concerning religion and politics, because everyone has their own views on both, and if approached in the wrong way, it could turn ugly.

      Becoming a successful-troll does not have to be a bad thing, KG, but like everything else, you must keep it in balance. It can be a great way to relieve stress, as well, it can be a great way of keeping yourself pre-occupied, and, bring a certain measure of meaning into your otherwise, meaningless life.

      If this is what you really want, then indeed, be an internet-troll. But don’t just settle for mediocre, internet-troll. Aim higher! Resolve to be the best internet-troll, EVER! Shoot for the stars! And whatever you do, do not allow anyone to discourage you from your goal. Good luck!

      • KG

        Thanks for the advice! Although, I am an equal opportunity offender. I wish to offend as many Pseudo Christian, Right wing, Conservatives as possible. I wish to shed as much light onto their evil schemes. However, I understand what you mean. But, please, don’t call me a “troll”, they live under bridges. Call me a warrior for truth!

        • Charlie

          Ha hahabha,,,, have you made the first step in seeking “Truth” yet ???… Meanwhile… Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing… Acts 2:38 is salvation…

          • KG

            Are you Catholic or Protestant? It seems as though you believe in grace, and yet works at the same time? Which one is it? Oh, I get it. You are one of those new “superchristians”. You know, the ones Christ warned us about?

            Matthew 24
            King James Version (KJV)
            4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

            5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

            If you can work your way to Heaven, then what use is the sacrifice of Jesus? You have usurped the giver of grace. What happens if you get to Heaven, and we discover you were 50 cents too short in your tithes?

          • Charlie

            Ha ha ha a ha ha ,,,, You’ve been duped, deceived and deluded by the Satanic powers that be… AND have NOT
            accomplished Acts 2:38 ,,,,and you’re telling us what The Bible says??? Well,,, for a short answer::: WORK!!! as much as needed ,,,even ,,,on the Sabbath IF needed,,,AND,,, Praise King Jesus Christ for the ability to work with your hands and your mind,,,that He gave you………………………………………

          • KG

            You still didn’t answer the question I posed. Are you Catholic or Protestant? I would like to know.

          • Charlie

            Well ,,,if We have only 2 choices it would be Protestant,,, but,,, really I am a “Christian” per The Bible………………

          • KG

            Interesting. Do you think the Pope is the Antichrist, and the Catholic Church is the whore of Babylon?

          • Charlie

            What does The Bible say?,,,,hint,,, there are many Antichrist … Even you write as one……………………..

  • Bob666

    Good advice, someone needs to fix and build.Find a need and fill that need.

  • hungry4food

    We have to keep the Militia supplied locally so the civilian connection can be established and maintained so they will secure their local patrons and stand down to the orders of the state or federal bureaucracy .

    Focus on supplies that can be locally produced and or find sources for raw materials that cannot be breached in the event that the Union breaks down so a national coup cannot be formed .

  • Sam

    We are at the point where obama must be impeached or else he is going to be our dictator, not president. He is morally corrupt and unfit for office. The congress doesn’t want to impeach him because they know that everything is hanging on by a thread and impeachment may cause the markets to fall. What the congress fails to grasp is that we will collapse anyway because of the path we are on. Go on and impeach the Muslim Marxist so we can clean out the corruption in the White House.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      And who would replace him? Another Liberal Progressive or Neoconservative Progressive who would still grow Government but in slightly different ways?
      We need a sea-change of public awareness before anything substantial can be truly accomplished, and I don’t see that happening. Too much work and pain to become familiar with reality.

      • 45caliber

        Original:
        I agree. And I will expect to see it only when things get so bad that the government can no longer buy votes from the welfare crowd. Unfortunately, I expect anarchy first.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Anarchy has been given a bad name purposely by the Propagandizers. There really is no such thing anyway, as there will always be people who step in to claim Leadership in any situation. It is just human nature.

          Read this to learn what absence of the bully gang really results in:
          http://mises.org/daily/1865

          • vicki

            And watch this video to see why people step in to claim rulership and why.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Benjamin Franklin was an opportunist who favored the English until it became very obvious that the popular opinion was to throw off English rule. Then he switched sides. Read this book to learn some real history — not the spoon-fed Propaganda that the Leaders want us to believe:
            http://library.mises.org/books/Murray%20N%20Rothbard/Conceived%20in%20Liberty_Vol_2.pdf

            It’s long, but well worth the time for those who would like to shed their blinders.

          • 45caliber

            Oh, I expect people to step into leadership roles of one sort or another … but not instantly. There will be a lot of areas where there will be resistance to any leadership or there will be race war or gang problems or …

          • actor44

            It is pretty much what followed the Revolt against The King George The Third! Mises was the first to but heads with hitler; his narrow escape out the back door was followed by his trip to the U.S. with the plan to teach economics,but was blocked by F.D.f-cking R. because he was not an socialist,or progressive.This is for those who dont know him!

      • JeffH

        Agreed! Our whole structure of government must be returned to the Constitutional government our founding fathers created for us. The problem is that “man” can’t be depended upon to do that…too much evil & greed.

        All “we the people” can do is continue to expose the evil “man” and fight this tyrannical type of governance with all of the tools at our disposal and continue to educate and recruit the like minded to join us in hopes that “we the people” can somehow win this battle. Obviously it is a slow process and I doubt that any measurable turnaround will take place in my lifetime without an all out revolution, God forbid.

    • actor44

      When George Sorros was asked to comment on a possible Romney Obama contest he smiled and said no matter who loses WE WIN! Dose anyone realize what this means!

  • hungry4food

    The Hypocrisy of the Communist Marxist Democrats is Incredible !!!!!!!!!

    Democrats Love Gov’t Surveillance — As Long As It’s Obama, Not
    Bush…
    http://www.people-press.org/2013/06/10/majority-views-nsa-phone-tracking-as-acceptable-anti-terror-tactic/

  • FreedomFighter

    “Even the annual Bilderberg meeting — a confab of the world’s most influential economic and political power mongers, which mainstream media entities have long refused to publicly acknowledge — is finally being exposed to the light of day. We are now in a race, a mad dash to shape the future battle space before the elites position themselves for the final conflict.”
    They have been in preparation for more than 100 years, you don’t have that much time. America will never be destroyed from the outside. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! –Patrick Henry March 23,1775
    “This decentralization starts with you — in your personal life and within your community. The last thing the establishment wants is for individuals,
    neighborhoods and towns to decouple from the mainstream system and provide for themselves. This is what they truly fear — not empty marches without tangible goals or intelligent planning”.

    Get out of the cities now or as soon as possible, they are death traps.

    “There are numerous trade skills that one can learn to become more viable within a post-collapse economy. No one can provide every necessity or foresee every eventual need. Therefore, a barter community of tradesmen is essential and is the foundation of a truly free and prosperous society.”
    We battle the minions, powers, and principalities of the evil one and that without strength in the Lord GOD and Jesus, all the preparation and skills we have are moot. Be strong with Jesus, be strong in the Lord, and your preparations will be blessed.
    miles militis enim Jesus

    Laus DeoSemper FI

    • Charlie

      Acts 2:38 is salvation,,, read it ,,,understand it,,,do it,,…………………..

  • Average_Joe56

    I’m already ahead of the curve. I enrolled in a gunsmithing program back in January. I figure, if the SHTF…I am in a great position…I am valuable to pretty much everybody….

  • Jeff

    I make tinfoil hats on the side… and business is booming right now… Keep it up you guys!!! :)

    • Average_Joe56

      I am guessing that you are wearing those tin foils hats that you’re so proud of?….keep up the good work. Libs can’t have too many tin foil hats to wear while drinking the Fool-Aid

      • Jeff

        haha… they’re actually more popular with the tea party crowd, But I suppose libs might find them quite handy as well. Pretty sure you’re supposed to remove any head gear when taking communion though…

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      The usual response to a serious issue from a Liberal Progressive like Jeff.

      • vicki

        Hi DaveH. Welcome back. Hadn’t seen you in a long time.

    • 45caliber

      Jeff:
      You should be able to sell them to a lot of your friends since all of you seem nuts anyway.

      • WTS/JAY

        Jeff: I make tinfoil hats on the side… and business is booming right now… Keep it up you guys!!! :)

        And delusional and psychotic libertards like you jeff, is the reason the pharmaceutical-industry is booming right now…Keep it up retard!!! :)

      • WTS/JAY

        Not meant for you, 45.

  • hungry4food

    Why
    is everyone getting all worked up over this Security Breach that’s Been Going
    on since the 1980s. ?

    The
    Bigger Question is why was the Society Kept in the dark instead of being
    allowed to be informed of this and be a working society involved in the effort
    to secure the homeland , It could be said that if the general public was
    Involved in this effort then security breaches would be better prevented EVEN
    911 could have been Prevented because the see something say something policy
    would have been in the societies best Interest and the idea that a Public
    awareness policy approach to security rallies a Society for the cause of
    LIBERTY for ALL . So Why didn’t we do security this way instead of all this in
    the Dark secrecy stuff ??

    This
    will Blow your Mind , there is a Shadow Government that I bet even most in
    Congress do not know about and this is leading to the Fall of Liberty and the
    US Republic !!!!

    Main
    Core

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/main-core-a-list-of-millions-of-americans-that-will-be-subject-to-detention-during-a-national-crisis

  • Chester

    Just remember to find a decent power supply that does NOT depend on the grid, or even on petrochemicals. All these ideas for different trades sound good, but most of them do require a pretty heavy duty power supply, such as 110 volt, 60 cycle AC. With the types of failure being looked at, that is one of the first things that will go. Sun power requires some exotic materials that have to be processed, using, you guessed it, grid supplied power, and the lifespan isn’t indefinite. Wind and water have been used for centuries, but do require a certain amount of forethought and preparation to be usable in the amounts needed, for example, to drive the lathe and mills needed for serious gunsmithing operations.

    • 5alive5

      Been there, got that!

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    NSA Whistleblower: Government Could Use Events To Bring Turnkey Tyranny
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/nsa-whistleblower-government-could-use-events-to-bring-turnkey-tyranny/

  • marcdepiolenc

    Excellent ideas – especially ammunition manufacture. Back in the days when Rogue Science still existed in its original form, I researched and wrote a fairly good post about making your own cartridge cases – the weak point of any home reloading activity. Basically, I worked out how to do the entire process of forming a brass disc into a finished cartridge (straight, though – not necked) using only one die and two punches. Like a d…n fool I didn’t save a copy on my own system, and when Roguesci vanished, so did my labor of love. Time to start over, I think.

  • sootsme

    I took Brandon’s advice 30 some years ago. He is right on many levels- the worse the economy gets, the busier I get. (I am a chimney guy- I sweep, repair & install it all.) This is just one example of what Brandon is talking about. I suggest you carefully consider what he is recommending as a way to remain valuable and needed in your post SHTF community.

  • laura merrone

    We have been planning for four and one-half years to move to Germany to be with our four grandchildren and son who is in the US Air Force. We left in December and really like it here. Quite a refreshing change from the stress left “back home” in “the States”. However, if it is a global crisis, it will probably affect us too. I am learning to garden and will be planting my own veggie garden soon…everyone here gardens so that is a good thing… We just don’t know what the future holds but we know Who holds the future…

    • 5alive5

      Yeah it’s nice there but the skinheads kinda turn me off. Haven’t met any yet? You will sooner or later!

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    Does Ink Cartridge Refiller qualify as a survival skill?

    • vicki

      Probably not but pencil maker sure would.

      • Bob666

        Stock up on those small pencil sharpeners now!

  • pete

    Brandon is a realist as usual, quite capable of seeing things as they are and not as portrayed by the mis-leaders! He is of course making some of those who make thousands of dollars each day on the spam sites very nervous, since their work done on computers with ‘ [expletive deleted] baffles brains ‘ gimmicks will be of nada use in the end! They can go with their computers, I will seek the companionship of the fisherman and the carpenter. They are the disciples of the future as they were in the past.

  • 5alive5

    I am a welder, I can make small parts for weapons from hardened metal, I can build, I can shoot better than some, as good as more. I’m also a quick study.