Saturday, May 03, 2008

Has Survivalism Gone Mainstream? Probably

And who can blame us?

OK, Y2K wasn't the end of the world, but 9/11 looked like it might be the beginning, and Katrina proved that government is mostly a waste of time and money. Add in the New York and Memphis power outages, and you get stories like BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Do you need to stock up the bunker? and TCS Daily - We're All Soldiers of Fortune Now

The Department of Homeland Security wants us to be ready. Costco is selling survival food packs with 275 servings of freeze-dried vegetarian meals. People are generally getting ready to be on their own for a few days.
Barton M Biggs is about as far as you can get from the old John Rambo-style survivalist. Forget long, unkempt hair and a sweat-stained vest. Mr Biggs is a former chief global strategist for Morgan Stanley, who now runs the hedge fund Traxis Partners in New York.

Yet in his latest book, Wealth, War and Wisdom, he suggests that all right-minded people should "assume the possibility of a breakdown of the civilized infrastructure".
He lobbies the well to do to invest a portion of their wealth in a retreat, such as a small farm.
"I'm just suggesting," says Mr Biggs, "that if you can afford it you should invest in a bolthole. A farm, perhaps, where you could live for a month and survive."

"I am talking Swiss Family Robinson," he says, referring to the famous 1812 novel about a Swiss family that survives after being shipwrecked in the East Indies. "You should have food, water, medicine, clothes. And possibly AK47s to fire over the heads of any guys, depending on how bad things become."
The recommendation for being armed is surprising - in that the BBC actually printed it. But he is probably correct.

Being able to get there is a problem. Getting out of a location after disaster strikes may be a problem, and even with warning - like a hurricane - it can be difficult to leave, given traffic congestion. And in a true regional or national disaster, will your farm be occupied by squatters when you get there?

Still, giving some thought to what you would do if Katrina - and the associated Jack-booted Thugs - came to your town, is a worthwhile exercise. Who can walk and who can't. Where would go if you could drive? If you had to walk?

All this is via Instapundit who has several more links on the subject.

I like the Zombie Squad, since they teach about disaster preparedness but have a good sense of humor. Like this video on the Bug-out Bag. Or as they say, "if you can handle zombies, you can handle anything. What's worse than your friends and family trying to eat your face?"

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