2012 or not, the patterns have been there for all to see for some time. We can see it in the attitude of the Governments, in the banks, in the way the one has been printing money to lend to the other to bail out the former. The system we all rely on to facilitate division of labour, the single factor that maintains our standard of living above that of our hunter-gatherer ancestors is -to put it mildly- fucked. On purpose.
I’ve seen it for some time, others have seen it for longer. I’ve been stocking up on dried food (mainly rice and pulses) for about a two years, and building up the canned food every shop for the last year. The Libertarian Alliance saw it ages ago, as did David Koresh (can’t have that!!), and even before that Jezreel. None of this is new. But I digress.
The times, they are a-changin’. Previously, people who were ‘getting prepared’ were seen as a bit on the fringe, a bit loonie. Since the cold war that is. Since then, the end of civilisation as we know it didn’t really seem possible, all through the nineties and even the noughties despite Goldstein’s best efforts. But now, it seems, even the yuppies are getting in on the act. ‘Just InCase’, you know. It’s going mainstream, in the USA at least:
Wiseman isn’t alone. Emergency supply retailers and military surplus stores nationwide have seen business boom in the past few months as more Americans spooked by the economy rush to stock up on gear that was once the domain of hard-core survivalists.
These people snapping up everything from water purification tablets to thermal blankets shatter the survivalist stereotype: They are mostly urban professionals with mortgages, SUVs, solid jobs and a twinge of embarrassment about their newfound hobby.
From teachers to real estate agents, these budding emergency gurus say the dismal economy has made them prepare for financial collapse as if it were an oncoming Category 5 hurricane. They worry about rampant inflation, runs on banks, bare grocery shelves and power failures that could make taps run dry.