Collapse Preparation 101: A Newbie Introduction and Checklist

Max Edward Mogren
Collapse Net

CULVER CITY — As oil and food prices skyrocket, civil unrest erupts around the globe, and international tensions approach the breaking point, more people are awakening to the inevitable reality of systemic failure.  As the nuclear situation in Japan worsens and a massive radiation leak looms on the horizon, our collective sense of urgency is heightened.

If modern industrial civilization were a computer, it would be running an outdated operating system, plagued by spam and spyware, struggling to run countless unnecessary programs, issuing antivirus attacks against its own crucial components, and plugged into a very unreliable power supply.

Without constant fossil fuel energy expenditure, Planet Earth cannot support 7 billion horny, hungry, home-building humans. Unfortunately, due to the fundamental flaws of infinite growth economics coupled with America’s #1 export (our cancerous consumer culture), humanity is on an unstoppable crash course with reality.  Limited resources cannot meet infinite wants.  Greed is not good.  Fatal error: reboot required.

As the cost of living prices more people out of existence and a generational revolution spreads around the globe, people of all ages see the writing on the wall and begin to wonder, “what can I do to protect myself, my family, and my community?”

The most important thing to do is stay calm.  You are not alone in this awareness.  Millions of people around the world see what is happening and are preparing.  Mike Ruppert and many others have warned us of this inevitable collapse for a long time.  This is not the end of the world, just an exceptionally uncertain period in human history.  Change is the only constant, and we’re in for a doozy.

There are many things that you can do to improve your odds, but there is no foolproof method to ensure your safety or survival.  Everyone is different, and we all live in different circumstances.  The appropriate preparations for a teacher in rural Iowa, a firefighter in Los Angeles, an artist in Tokyo, a fisherwoman in Alaska, or a bankster on Wall Street are all drastically different.

Around the globe, the survival strategy for many is to grab everything they can as the failing system crumbles.  We see this in all-time record bonuses and salaries in the financial sector.  We see this in the shameless bribes elected officials can now legally take.  We see this in the gold and silver fever spreading around the globe.  We see this in our own lives as our fear and greed occasionally gets the best of us.

Big bucks may buy you more options right now, but what will money be worth if all the stores are empty, and aggression, compassion, or trade is the only way to get what you need?  More importantly, how will all those people left with nothing behave towards the wealthy few?

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