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Not Prepared: 17 Signs That Most Americans Will Be Wiped Out By The Coming Economic Collapse

Tornado Damage - Photo by JOE M500The vast majority of Americans are going to be absolutely blindsided by what is coming.  They don't understand how our financial system works, they don't understand how vulnerable it is, and most of them blindly trust that our leaders know exactly what they are doing and that they will be able to fix our problems.  As a result, most Americans are simply not prepared for the massive storm that is heading our way.  Most American families are living paycheck to paycheck, most of them are not storing up emergency food and supplies, and only a very small percentage of them are buying gold and silver for investment purposes.   They seem to have forgotten what happened back in 2008.  When the financial markets crashed, millions of Americans lost their jobs.  Because most of them were living on the financial edge, millions of them also lost their homes.  Unfortunately, most Americans seem convinced that it will not happen again.  Right now we seem to be living in a "hope bubble" and people have become very complacent.  For a while there, being a "prepper" was very trendy, but now concern about a coming economic crisis seems to have subsided.  What a tragic mistake.  As I pointed out yesterday, our entire financial system is a giant Ponzi scheme, and there are already signs that our financial markets are about to implode once again.  Those that have not made any preparations for what is coming are going to regret it bitterly.  The following are 17 signs that most Americans will be wiped out by the coming economic collapse...

#1 According to a survey that was just released, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.  But most Americans are acting as if their jobs will always be there.  But the truth is that mass layoffs can occur at any time.  In fact, it just happened at one of the largest law firms in New York City.

#2 27 percent of all Americans do not have even a single penny saved up.

#3 46 percent of all Americans have $800 or less saved up.

#4 Less than one out of every four Americans has enough money stored away to cover six months of expenses.

#5 Wages continue to fall even as the cost of living continues to go up.  Today, the average income for the bottom 90 percent of all income earners in America is just $31,244.  An increasing percentage of American families are just trying to find a way to survive from month to month.

#6 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.

#7 Small business is becoming an endangered species in America.  In fact, only about 7 percent of all non-farm workers in the United States are self-employed at this point.  That means that the vast majority of Americans are depending on someone else to provide them with an income.  But what is going to happen as those jobs disappear?

#8 In 1989, the debt to income ratio of the average American family was about 58 percent.  Today it is up to 154 percent.

#9 Today, a higher percentage of Americans are dependent on the government than ever before.  In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 49 percent of all Americans live in a home that gets direct monetary benefits from the federal government.  So what is going to happen when the government handout gravy train comes to an end?

#10 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

#11 It is estimated that less than 10 percent of the U.S. population owns any gold or silver for investment purposes.

#12 It has been estimated that there are approximately 3 million "preppers" in the United States.  But that means that almost everyone else is not prepping.

#13 44 percent of all Americans do not have first-aid kits in their homes.

#14 48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies stored up.

#15 53 percent of all Americans do not have a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and water in their homes.

#16 One survey asked Americans how long they thought they would survive if the electrical grid went down for an extended period of time.  Incredibly, 21 percent said that they would survive for less than a week, an additional 28 percent said that they would survive for less than two weeks, and nearly 75 percent said that they would be dead before the two month mark.

#17 According to a survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the government will come to their rescue when disaster strikes.

Just because you are living a comfortable middle class lifestyle today does not mean that it will always be that way.

If you doubt this, take a look at what is going on in Greece.  Many formerly middle class parents in Greece have become so impoverished that they are actually dumping their children at orphanages so that they won't starve...

Scores of children have been put in orphanages and care homes for economic reasons; one charity said 80 of the 100 children in its residential centres were there because their families can no longer provide for them.

Ten percent of Greek children are said to be at risk of hunger. Teachers talk of cancelling PE lessons because children are underfed and of seeing pupils pick through bins for food.

If the U.S. economy crashes and you lose your job, how will you and your family survive?

Will you and your family end up homeless and totally dependent on the government for your survival?

Get prepared while there is still time.  If you do not know how to get prepared, my article entitled "25 Things That You Should Do To Get Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse" has some basic tips, and there are dozens of excellent websites out there that teach people advanced prepping techniques for free.

So there is no excuse.  You can trust that Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama have everything under control, but as for me and my family we are going to prepare for the giant economic storm that is coming.

I hope that you will be getting prepared too.

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  • MeMadMax

    I used to live in montana. The lifestyle up there is perfect training for a collapse: There’s deer everywhere, perfect for learning how to hunt/gut deer/skin deer etc. Fishing. Camping. Harsh winters for learning how to live in rough environments. The economy didn’t boom/bust there so it’s pretty steady. Problem is nowadays it is neither expanding nor contracting, forcing young adults that are entering the job market to move elsewhere. It’s a great place to live for a couple of years(if you can) then move somewhere else to compare and contrast. Just my two cents.

    • Sev

      So I guess we should all convene when it finally comes and make a collective trip to Montana.

      • kitsy

        Is….is that Bill Kaulitz??

        Sorry for the completely off question that has absolutely nothing to do with this topic.

    • 2Gary2

      I hate the way deer tastes. YUCK! I guess if I was hungry enough…

      • MeMadMax

        Welcome back…

      • college kid

        Missed you Gary.

        Want to raise some taxes with me?

      • Alex

        Who ever cooked it must have done it wrong. Venison is normally and extremely lean meat. We trim the fat off of regular roasts and then place it on top of a venison roast in a cooking bag. It’s fork tender and just falls off the bone.
        It’s sometimes hard to tell it from beef when cooked correctly. Never grill venison it will dry it out. Always use the fat from another meat to allow the juices to drain upon the venison or it will shrink and taste awful!!

        • 2Gary2

          Thanks for the suggestion. Based on the awful taste I am assuming it was cooked wrong. I have had good venison jerky…

        • Isaiah

          Buffalo is good but we cant eat them anymore thanks to the whites who hunted them no affence

    • Alex

      Mad Max,
      How have the new gun laws inpacted resident of your state? Colorado used to be the same way but friends there now say they are moving elsewhere because of these new anti-gun laws they are passing. I’m just curious as to what’s happening in your state?
      Thanks

    • Isaiah

      Oklahoma is also one of the most self sustaining states in the USA

  • Sev

    I’m prepared. I bought a few of those Costco emergency food buckets (shelf life 25 years) and I have plenty of water and a house that’s fully paid off with a well.

    If this isn’t good enough, then I guess I’ll die. :P

    • Rodster

      Thanks for the tip. I wasn’t aware Costco sold emergency food storage. Looks like it’ss time to buy a membership.

      • Richard

        Costco.com has a good selection of freeze dried foods in larger bulk at better prices than we’ve seen here locally in the stores (Portland area)

      • Darin Sunny McCullough

        Try not to have any way it would be traceable……there IS a law that the gov can confiscate what you have in times of need for the “greater good”………meaning them. :/

        • GSOB

          That’s right.

          You need to buy it or make your own, bury it – off the trail in your bug-out escape route.

  • MeMadMax

    Also, I started building a new project: Parabolic solar mirror out of a directv satellite dish. Found the dish in a garbage can. Bought a mylar blanket for 3 bucks to coat the dish with to form a reflective surface. I plan on using it to make hot water but also make power in the future with a mini steam engine of some sort. Prolly will take a lawnmower engine(from the garbage of course) and convert it to steam. All videos are available on youtube of course.

    • DownWithLibs

      I am currently building solar heaters for my house…until I can come up with a better off-grid heating method. (not allowed to have fireplaces around here!)

      • MeMadMax

        I would build a smokeless fireplace and tell the gov to go to hell(see: kentucky smokeless campfire OR rocket stoves)

        • Alex

          All you really need to do is use several spaced out 3m carbon furnace filters above the flu in a slide out rack and it will look just like steam coming out . Look in Survivalist Magazine Oct 2009 it shows you how to build one.

    • Alex

      I did the same and made a Solar oven that we use in the summer to make bread and to cook some frozen foods with. You would be surprised how hot a solar oven really gets.
      I’ve seen ours go as high as 400 degrees on a really sunny day.
      Max,
      We also turned a washing machine rotary motor in to a water turbine to produce AC power as a backup to our generator. We can almost run the entire house with the combination of the two of them. We have even put in electric space heaters in the winter that run off the turbine to help reduce our heating bill to 1/3 what it used to be. they work great too!

      • Sacred Warlock

        I love the intuitive you have! The universe has limitless amount of energy and the more we can tap into it the less will need our crappy Governments and rich minority!

        • Alex

          Sacred Warlock,
          Go buy a Black powder .50 cal rifle. Keep as a backup firearm in case you run out of ammo. If you have no gun powder. you can make your own. I mold my own .50 bullets and reload my own primers or caps as some call them with the heads of strike anywhere matches. just mix crushed matchheads with a litle bit of superglue and mix well. Remove the cotton off of a Q-tip swab and use it to put a drop of the new primer compound in to the underside of the cap! Le them them dry and your done.Black powder is easy to make. Recipie:

          In equal parts mix 1 cup of salt peter, sulfur and charcoal in a stone mortar and pestle($6.00 at Edmond Scientific products) when mixed put in glass jar or anything other than metal! Now as strange as this sounds take a piss in a jar and let it sit outside for 3-4 days. this will evaporate most of the water and leave you with yellow ammonia. Mix the ammonia with the powder you just made and spread out on a plastic sheet in the sun to dry. Once dry it will cake over and no moisture will be evident. Regrind the mix to the desire grain you want to use. (The ammonia make for a much hotter and faster round being fired out of a Muzzleloader.)
          USE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES NO SMOKING AT ALL NEAR THIS STUFF!!!
          If you are going to be reloading like I do. You can change the recipe by removing 1/2 cup of the Charcoal and adding two tablespoons of magnesium powder. (Available on ebay or other online sources.) then you can use it to reload most low power handguns.

        • Mike w

          I’d like to add just one small thing. You all remember the former President of IRAN
          Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? How many of you know this SOB was one of the terrorists who planned and executed the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that exploded one December 21st, 1988 that crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland? killing 259 people + 11 more on the ground. While he was here in the United States as the president of Iran he had diplomatic immunity. Yet he is still one of the most wanted terrorists on the FBI’s most wanted list. They could not touch him while he was here at the U.N. Now I lost Friends on that flight from upstate NY. How do you think all of those parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles felt when they saw him before the U.N. on National TV. And yet He walked around our country just like you and I do. Tell me now you still want the United Nations Building and these people in the USA! We need to get them out of our country and move them to Geneva, Switzerland which is a neutral country.
          I’m not sure about you but I’m really sick of these war criminals and terrorists walking freely in our country. It would be like Hitler walking around in Israel Scott free.
          (Oh I forgot Hitler’s living in the White house. He just shaved off his mustache and got a good tan for the past 40 years in Kenya, Hawaii and Thailand…lol.)

    • Alex

      Max,

      WE have done more thing this year to increase our ability to live off the grid.

      in the future there will be no gasoline and we had to come up with a way to some kind of replenish-able fuel.

      We save any left over foods and put them in a slurry tank with yeast. it ferments and then we use a small in house still to make alcohol.

      I took a 20lb propane cylinder and drilled two holes in it. One is to fill the tank and then seal it with a threaded plug. the other has a standard threaded stem with a bicycle air valve that we use to pressurize the tank.

      Once pressurized we invert the pressurized tank and use it to run the generator. Seems to work pretty well.

      I recently purchased a an old 1968 International Scout (The first real SUV) with a standard slant 6 engine. My intent is to convert it to run on alcohol as well. it’s “pre-smog” crap, no computer, and fairly easy to convert. I just have to run a hotter coil and readjust the carb.

      • MeMadMax

        Neat! I read your posts about other alternative means of producing power and it seems like you are well on your way =D I was also wondering if you have heard of a wood gasifier to run your Scout or a stationary generator with? I was thinking about doing it but it seems too complex for a vehicle: You have to maintain a certain temperature, it’s big and bulky etc. But the brits used it extensively during ww2 when they were very low on fuel. I’m kicking the idea around, others out there have done it, complete with computer controls and attaining highway speeds. I dunno, I’m also thinking about going straight boiler steam turbine setup. I got a old 1988 ford fan with a dieing engine that could be used to perform experiments with lol.

  • Tim

    I just wish we knew “when” the next major downturn will begin. It would make things a lot easier.

    I had to start eating food supplies that I bought quite some time ago because I didn’t want them to spoil. So now I need to replace them.

    • Shmeggle Marxist

      but at least you had them

      • Tim

        Oh, I’m not complaining. It’s best to always be prepared!

    • Ubwart

      I think it just began.

    • ResilientNews

      sounds like you need to learn the art of food rotation.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It is always a good idea to rotate your stored food.

      Michael

    • GSOB

      Hey Tim,

      This site encourages a lifestyle which excludes a comprehensive plan for a Summer vacation.

      Anyone that survives to their next breath is because of providence.

      Perhaps you have not considered very seriously the magnitude of the situation at hand.?

      • Tim

        Hello,

        I’m a Christian, and I believe in God’s absolute sovereignty.

        I worked for the Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC for many years. It was during my time there that I began to understand just how dire the future of this nation is. So I began telling others about it in an effort to wake them up. I thought for sure that, by now, things would be much worse than they are. As a result, I feel like I’ve lost credibility, at least in the eyes of some. But I know that I will be vindicated yet. The Powers That Be have been able to buy a lot of time, but they will NOT be able to keep the system from ultimately collapsing. When that will happen I don’t know. But I believe that it will happen in the next few years.

        Tim

    • countryangel

      According to a few psychic blogs, it is starting and September is going to be bad. And it will take the next 5 years to get America together.
      Lots of deaths, Banks may not survive.

  • markthetruth

    My wife is Physical Therapist , she is becoming a minority as they are the filling the jobs with Filipinos , on work visa’s(for cheaper labor and more control) to keep under cutting the other companies and Medicare cuts. She said it’s getting so bad because the manager’s are Filipino and they put them ahead of the Americans .

    the end…

    • kenfrombayside

      Re amnesty… Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
      - Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
      - after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
      - go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation.
      - use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
      - join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
      - go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
      - Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
      IF YOU DO OR SAY NOTHING, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM.

      • Guest

        Your elected representatives represent you as much as a naval officer represents a third class seaman at a cabinet briefing. Literally.

      • DiscouragedOne

        Tried that, got an email back from one saying how she is pro-Amesty but wants “safeguards” in place to “protect” Americans…a rambling bunch of BS…I didn’t vote her back in…thanks a lot to those who did…what WERE you thinking?

      • CommiesAreEvil

        Do you really believe it would make a difference? They don’t represent us anymore!

      • Stacey

        Maybe we should just start sending them Michaels articles.

    • Truthfullymarked

      Now it’s their turn to be opportunists & take advantage (There is nothing new under the sun)

      The start….

      • markthetruth

        The rest of the world are Ant’s they just keep coming and taking out industry by industry from the inside and eating it way to the top and our Government lets them. Time to bring out the Raid.

        the end…

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      American jobs belong to the world. It’s a global economy now. If you don’t like it, people will just call you a racist-nazi until you shut-up.

      I hate what my country has become…

      • Hammerstrike

        That´s the decision, be a nazi-racist or STFU.

        Answer should be, Eat syth and die, I rather be a racist-nazi than lumps of syth like you!

      • Crony

        Watch out. Guaranteed the NSA is monitoring this site. And likely the IRS as well. But I agree.

      • Sacred Warlock

        And world wars where there to save the Jews…
        the truth will always prove itself, eventually. The billions shot into military is sick and if it keeps going we’ll all need it to collapse and dissolve! I speak for every sole that lost its life from WW1 to this day, that this has to end.

      • Regpac

        Could not agree more we got strong by not worrying about anyone but Americans and didn’t care who liked it

    • Ralfine

      Oh well, the Filipinos are ruled by the church – be fruitful and multiply. No birth control for the poor and no divorce law.

      All the people need to go somewhere to make money to feed their kids.

    • ben

      we have the same problem in Australia, chinese and Indians have flooded this country with cheap labour for as low as $5. an hour. The average Australian used to get $25 to $35 an hour.

      • Michael Andrew Cafener

        I don’t think I’ve met any average Australians then. Everyone I know is stoked to get anywhere above $20! I know a few who get $22-$24.. The younger ones are looking at $18-$20 on average.

    • Hantayo

      Filipinos hire Filipinos so they can avoid wage and hour laws. My Filipino ex wife was in charge of cooking for a nursing home run by one and she got docked a days pay if she left the premises to see her kids once a week.

    • Niall

      Where I work Phillipine nurses are being hired and Ningerian nurses because they are cheaper to hire and put up with more horrid work conditions in the hospitals. America has already sent its jobs over to Asia, not their nurses are replacing American nurses. The U.S. is an economic disaster.

  • Rodster

    No one can truly say they are prepared for what is coming Michael. As the Bible says, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Good point Rodster. I think all of us will end up being totally shocked by what is coming.

      Michael

    • ChrisG

      Even so, come Lord Jesus.

      • Benkei

        Amen.

    • Isaiah

      bible isnt always true men made the bible and as the bible got passed down it changed

  • Nixon1950

    To everybody,
    I’m writing from Croatia that in few days will become a new Eu member state. Ruling elites all over the world are playing the same globalization game. Corporations are those who matters not citizens. Corporations use lobbying (bribery) to get what they want. What we need is a voice. SAME REGIME – USA CHINA RUSSIATURKEY EU ARAB NATIONS BRASIL…you can see it in their relationship to protesters and protesting and to whistleblowers. Our only chance is to stand together as a planet, as humanity. The USA must lead the way cause engine of this globalization fascist state comes from there. USA enabled china to became factory of the world, USA was involved in post WW2 EU development USA is police of the world USA exports democracy by war… USA needs its good people to show the way for the rest of the world. Window of oportunity is this decade if not I’m sorry to say that but we are back in dark midle age whit royalties and peasents.

    • Louise in MO

      I’m sorry that you are having problems there in Croatia. I wish I could say that the USA will be able to help you, but, unfortunately, we are on a fast track to becoming a nation like your own.

      Our federal government, led by Barack Obama, has ignored the economy and knows little about our financial problems and how to solve them.

      It appears that this is a global problem and many countries are in for very tough times. Good luck to you and all those you love.

  • cateye

    Buy food and any metal you can find. I would advise to buy lead but thanks to the DHS, that is no longer readily available. It is so sad to see that 75% do not think that they could survive 2 months in a grid-down situation. How far we have fallen and how fast we have lost that spirit that made America great. Truly sad.

  • CitizenS

    Sadly I believe that storing enough for yourself and loved ones won’t be enough. When the cards fall, those that have will be forced to defend it from those that don’t.

    • Ubwart

      I agree, guns and ammo are a necessity.

      • Jacob

        Physical activity and knowledge of your surroundings, plus hand-to-hand combat training helps as well.

  • glamandvamparound

    I am saving every penny I can these five months I have work in Utah. I don’t go into town to go shopping – town being 37 miles away. Before I left for Utah and this job I started buying rice and beans in bulk and have many 20 lbs of each stored away. This is what I can do, that and make myself as resilient as I can. I think bad news is coming – I’m no financial expert but the stock market has been going down, down, down again…..this can’t bode well. So what can I do? Save every penny I can at the moment and realize the future is most likely going to look a lot different than the present. I want to thrive in whatever the future is…..getting out of the ratrace means the time to read and think and create….things that most are too tired to do these days. I want to be someone for whom the storm actually works for……

  • Unknown

    I’ve been preparing for what’s coming for quite some time. I have a 2 to 3 month supply of food and water, I’ve invested in silver, have medical suppliers and other things saved up

  • Margaret Collins

    Grammatical error: (sorry, can’t help myself) Don’t say “Less” when you can say “Fewer.” If you can count it (as in people) say “fewer.” If you can’t count it digitally, such as water, say “less.” Nuff said.

    • Ubwart

      I hate the grammer popo!

  • Tom
  • Ubwart

    I don’t know that the house of cards is going to collapse but I expect that to be the case. And if it does, I hope you don’t live in a big city.

  • Louise in MO

    I’ve been prepping for about five years and no longer have any more room to put any more. I’ve been living on adrenaline; I hope that all of this was not done in vain.

    • squashpants

      Interesting comment, Louise. We have thought about the possibility that the shit might not hit the fan. All the things we have prepper-wise, can be consumed, used, or sold if we don’t actually need it for survival. It’s all good.

    • Joe Shmo

      I am hoping that one day my kids will have to go through all my preps when I’m gone and say to each other, dang, dad was really NUTS!

    • glamandvamparound

      Louise, just curious, as it seems the most preppers are men – did any one thing convince you to begin prepping? For me it was the fact that there has been no economic recovery – that what most are experiencing is not that whatthe media tells us is happening.

      • Louise in MO

        The reason I began prepping was due to my attention to the news online and fox cable news.

        I put two and two together and realized we were in for some rough times ahead. I read a lot of info regarding survival, and in particular, urban survival.

        My husband is handicapped, so moving to the country wasn’t an option. But a lot of the other suggestions I have done and feel we are as ready as we can be.

        You might say that my hobby is following current events and follow thru to see what the outcome is. I see little hope for a strong financial recovery both here and around the globe. Prepping seemed a logical step in the right direction.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    What makes a better eating: dogs or cats?

    • Cairan

      Long pork is always an option…

      • Hope

        The Bible says all three (to eat) are ABOMINABLE to God. Get your priorities straight. Serve God, and He will be your salvation.

  • 2Gary2

    It seems to me that the savings rate is so low due to wages being so low. Who can save if you can not barley pay rent?

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Good point.

      Michael

  • callmecordelia1

    #15 blows my mind. I guess growing up in the country made me a “prepper” just because there wasn’t a store within 20 or 30 miles. Even though I live in a more suburban area now, I can’t imagine having only 3 day supply of food (or less!!). Blows my mind, I tell ya. Those are some scary stats up there.

  • callmecordelia1

    I don’t think I’ll ever be ready, but I do a little bit every day to work towards it. For anyone reading who hasn’t done much to prepare, don’t panic. Just do a little at a time, and you’ll be surprised at how it adds up. Read and learn a little every day. Buy a few extra canned goods every time you shop. Save up for larger purchases a little at a time. I feel like I’ve been a slowpoke, but it has still added up.

  • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

    Thank you Micheal for the hard work you put in to bring in the article

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      You are welcome :)

      Michael

  • Richard

    Great article, Michael. Congratulations. The only trouble is that preparedness is simply not going to work in the long run. The one-and-only way to “prepare” for this debacle is to LEAVE THE COUNTRY. I know you have dealt with this before but those who say, “if it’s going to be bad in the U.S. it’s going to be much worse everywhere else” are talking absolute ignorant nonsense. I have lived most of my life in different countries and I can tell you nothing could be further from the truth. The reason that it will be so much worse in America than other countries is because from the point of view of quality of life, America has much much further to fall than most other countries. This means much more crime and violence, much more chaos, much more selfish behavior, much more anger and resentment. There have always been examples of mass migration throughout the world – indeed the United States was the recipient of mass immigration for a long time.

    The time has now come for Americans to migrate elsewhere… just as their forebears emigrated from Europe. This will be the ONLY solution which will work over the long-term. You will see. Swallow the pride and the hubris and the odious “American Exceptionalism” and LEAVE. Do it. You WILL be glad you did. No excuses. Think of the German Jews in 1938 who left it too late to emigrate. All because even though the writing was on the wall for years, they refused to believe it. How many more grotesque invasions of your privacy do you have to learn about, courtesy the Snowdens of the world, before you realise that you are living in a fascist state and you need to leave? Again, no excuses, please. None. I’ve heard them all. Each and every one is BS.

    • Darin Sunny McCullough

      Any suggestions where? And thank you.

      • GSOB

        Northern Idaho, as close to the northern border to Canada as you can get.

        • Hope

          Canada will fall just like America. Do you think God will only enact judgement on one nation, and not the other?

      • Richard

        Yes. Sri Lanka. They’ve just ended a 30-year war. The last thing they want is to sign up with any “power” as an ally. They are far away from everybody, speak English, desperately looking for expertise in all fields. I know several people who have been there, been there myself. That’s the place to go!

    • Crony

      I kind of agree. Recently lived overseas and was amazed at how brainwashed we have been in the U.S.A. to believe that we are so much better than “they.” Because it is not like that. These folks are people, and often with very, very high character. Let us just say that where we lived, Survivor and reality TV would not be #1 programming . . .

      BUT, I still believe that for most people the U.S.A. is the place to remain, as it is very hard to leave family and friends, etc., behind. Even for a short while. And I believe that there will be pockets of freedom that remain here. Also, we ARE armed, many other countries are not, and many other places are also quite finicky when it comes to granting legal long term immigrant status.

  • Alasha

    “t just happened at one of the largest law firms in New York City.””

    somehow i just can’t seem to CARE if lawyers are getting laid off… mmmm

    • TtT Engine

      110 staff people also

  • Alasha

    sad 2 say i am not. i do have a hand crank flashlight and several cases of water in what i hope is bpa free plastic.

    i am on a perpetual diet and somewhere in my demented mind im thking it might b a good way for me lose 15 lbs of stubborn fat. u knw starvation? i knw, i knw CRAZEE TALK…jst being brutually honest. sigh. Heavenly Father pls help me get a better perspective. AMEN

    • Alex

      Remember God Helps those who help themselves. He will give you guidance and direction. But it is up to you to prepare. Even as he told this to Joseph in Genesis:33-36 as he was asked to interpret Pharaohs dreams.

      He explained to the Pharaoh that the first 7 cows represented the 7 good years of harvest and the 7 starving cows represented the coming 7 years. Pharaoh appointed Joseph as second only to his rule an that he put him in charge of all lands. He stored up grain for the coming 7 years of famine. Should you not do the same? I don’t often speak of Religion but turning to and obeying the lord’s orders will protect you.

      I feel sorry for non-believers.

      But I do not condemn them. I try to pray for them. I know of only one faith that stores up and cans their own food and stores them.

      They are the Mormon’s.

      in fact I have a friend who one days asked me to help them in the cannery. This was 15 yrs ago.

      6 people canned over 500 cans of corm in one afternoon for their community. Now thing about that for a moment. That was 15 yrs ago! They are still doing it during every harvest. That a huge amount of food! What have we in comparison? Not even a fraction of that. I can only say that i have been prepping and storing seriously for about two years.

      I separated my storage in to three different locations in case I can’t get back home in the event of any disaster. I have my two Bug out locations, and I rent a large storage facility with two other preppers. When we find a good deal we buy in bulk, and split it up. I take 2/3rds of my purchase and I take 1/3 to the bug out location and the other 1/3 to my home.

      I can only suggest this. But being in the Corp they teach you to always have a backup plan to cover your butt. It might save your life or your families. if you want to know more about survival skills and how not to get scammed by those wanting to take advantage of those who do prep drop me a line.
      God bless all!
      Alex

      • Alasha

        wow, Alex. I am impressed and insipred. thank you.

  • Alasha

    “#16 One survey asked Americans how long they thought they would survive if the electrical grid went down for an extended period of time. Incredibly, 21 percent said that they would survive for less than a week, an additional 28 percent said that they would survive for less than two weeks, and nearly 75 percent said that they would be dead before the two month mark.”

    During hurricane sandy i lasted all of 20 mins in my cold, dark, house – just enough time to pack some things and LEAVE. sigh

    • TtT Engine

      10 days without power. We had fire place, propane grill with a backup tank, candles, flashlights, battery op radio and we keep 30/40 gallons of water and dry goods on hand at all times. The part of the house without the fireplace was 45- 50 degrees. Sandy was a trial run, we made it. Thank you God. I’ve added a 590 Mossberg, a good supply of buck shot, a sturdy Weber barbecue grill and lots of lighting sticks/fluid. May God Bless and Spare us ! Christi Fidelis !!

  • GSOB

    Michael,

    I am not prepared like I’d want to be. Christ fills in the gaps for me.

    Is there any way of making visible the state, at least, where your site bloggers are coming from?

    Perhaps give us the menu option to have it displayed whenever a reply is sent?

    Communication is essential in any crises.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I am not sure all of the readers would be into that. A lot of them like to stay anonymous. :)

      Michael

  • Charleston

    If the america economy collapses, so would many countries’ economies.
    Why?

    Most countries and their citizens depend on remittances from the Diaspora, so when the Diaspora in America lose money, they cant afford to send money to their relatives in their home countries, thus causing a domino effect.

  • seth datta

    The collapse will be slow and long, with lots of ‘leaks’ like the whistleblower Snowden… after all, you can’t instantaneously impose a dictatorship as the people would reject it violently. Better to slowly erode rights until a new generation wake up homeless on the continent their forefathers conquered.

  • SafetyViking

    Yes.

  • goldminer

    Yup me too. Was raised a prepper. I lived in the mountains when I was young. getting snowed in for a week was a reality. I know what it is like to walk a long way to a store only to find empty shelves. We always kept a well stocked pantry. I can also live off the land and have all the tools /equipment to do so..
    I don’t believe it will just be an economic Collapse. Just like the great depression drought and dust bowl. We may get famine or major disasters to go along with it.
    If the power grid went down for instance.
    The mid west would dry up become a dust bowl again, along with the imperial valley.
    Unlike the Great Depression when a dollar was worth a dollar and was made out of silver. Our paper money will be worthless and food may be in short supply.
    So you people who think gold and silver will be worthless. You better think again.
    Paper money will only buy you empty shelves. But a silver coin will get you into the back room where the shelves are a little better stocked.

    • DownWithLibs

      Yes, like you a became a prepper at a young age (Mt. St. Helens great dust-cough of May 1980). Cut off from the world for over a week. That will teach you awful quick! Can’t stand to be without supplies ever since.

      • callmecordelia1

        I remember that! I was a very small child, but I remember it well. Everything shut down for quite some time, and I hated wearing those dust masks everywhere! :)

    • Laurus

      I sure hope gold and silver goes up, because I have lost money, lots, since the prices dropped.

  • TooLittleTooLate

    Doing what I can…. I fear it won’t be enough.
    I bought a house in the country with some acres… I raise chickens and rabbits and have a 1/2 acre garden…. I have a pond and a way to purify water…
    Sadly, even all of that won’t be enough to do much. Gardens require gasoline to run the machines…. chicken pens need fence chargers to keep the coyotes out and, whatever is on the shelf has limited life and availability.
    Have some PMs in multiple places but, that may not help if food is the most important resource.
    I thought that living in the country may be the important thing to do but, I’ve come to realize that I’ll just have a different set of problems.
    We’ll see… I haven’t given up yet. I still have hope that we’ll get through it.

    • Jacob

      Use shepherd dogs to keep the coyotes away. Start gardening without machines. Learn water purifying techniques.

    • USPatriot68

      Change to diesel run equip. Store that. Make biodiesel. Eat the coyotes. Use solar to keep the charger going. Store food in nitrogen (don’t tell them it is for storing food when you buy it.) Bury some of it in case of marauders. Raise fish. And pray.

  • Jodi

    Yes, Michael. Thank you for everything that you do. You’re articles have helped my family prepare.

    • Jodi

      I mean your articles.

      • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

        That is very good to hear. :)

        Michael

  • frank1569

    Looking over the ’25 things That You Should Do to Get Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse.’

    Living paycheck-to-paycheck means the first 5 aren’t an option. Start a side biz? Only 7% of us are self-employed for a reason, and, according to the Small Business Association, basically the same number of small businesses close each year that start up – IOW, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Moving away from the big city costs money, which us paycheckers lack, and the further away you move, the harder it is to find work. Store food, water and supplies? In my tiny apartment?

    Bottom line: the vast majority of us can’t substantially prepare for what’s coming even if we wanted to. Period.

    • IE2

      You can get at least 3 weeks worth of water and food in an apartment; I’ve done it. Under beds, sofas, chairs, stacks of water as an end tables covered with a towel. The problem is unless you have a balcony, it’s hard to heat anything but there are ways around that too. Get some MRE meals with heaters. Not the most glamorous meals but will keep you alive. Water is most important – Save $$ by having your friends save their gatoraide/fancy water bottles for you, tell them you’re doing a craft project for Big Brothers or something. Run them thru the dishwasher and fill them with tap water. Save juice and cola bottles, sanitize them and fill them with tap water. It works, unless you’re too proud to try these things.

  • readalot

    Always working on it. Although hard because I have a pt job, but when I buy groceries I try to buy extra.(Laid off from ft at the end of 2011.) House in small town paid off and too old to buy in country. So doing what I think is best. Also, staying as healthy as possible-walking and biking, eating healthy.

  • Drudah

    Thank you for your ongoing work Michael, It really has been educating.

  • Rob

    Seems like the author is more interested to push people to buy emergency food listed on this site. How long any one can survive just on emergency food..?

    • callmecordelia1

      You’re right– all emergency food will eventually run out. But it will at least buy some time until you can get a garden in, or find other ways to survive. Some emergency food is better than none.

  • Guest

    No. I am not prepared at all. I am graduating college this December, with a political science degree. I want to drop out and get a CDL-A trucking license so that I’m qualified for a trade, but my parents are paying for college and have forbidden me from doing so until I graduate. Back when I was entering college I was brainwashed by my teachers and peers in high school that going to college was the only way to get a good job. If I could go back I would have majored in petroleum engineering.

    I tell my parents that they’re wasting their money paying for my degree now, but they won’t listen. They are semi-delusional baby boomers who have both had a good life under the system, and they view that any attack on that system is an attack on them as well. They are attached to it. I’ve tried to explain to them about how concerned I am about another collapse, but they will have none of it.

    As soon as it looks like things are starting to unravel I’ll just have to go to the grocery store and buy as much as my car can handle, and then drive somewhere rural and try to wait it out.

    • DownWithLibs

      I wish you well! Yes, my parents are the same way…can’t figure out why I won’t throw money at the stock market and “watch it grow” like they did. :(

    • IE2

      I have it just reversed from you; my kids have bought into the gimme system and think the system is just in an adjustment period. Suggest you have a plan of action rather than a thought of maybe what you’ll do.

      • Anonymous

        I sympathize. The educational-industrial complex is strong. They’ve been conditioned by teachers and guidance counselors who have been trained for years to push this crap.

        • ThisThat

          Sadly, I don’t think the teachers and guidance counselors really know that they’re pushing this… They should – but they don’t.

    • Alex

      I have a better suggestion. Go find a place as your “Bug out” location in advance and prep it first. Then little by little add items to it.
      i have two different bug out locations up in the Blue Ridge mountains.
      I have installed 4 underground waterproof vaults made out of 10″ PVC pipe as the outer lining and cap and 8″ pipe as the sealed waterproof vaults. I won’t disclose everything that’s in each one but I have survival supplies, dehydrated foods, water purification supplies, MRE’s and warm clothes.

      You would be surprised how much an 8′ long by 8″ sealed vault can hold. They are buried where only my wife and know how to get to each one. Even with a map no one else could find them.
      More people need to understand even if you have all the supplies in the world someone can take over your home and steal what you have stored. Having several back up stores packed away is a good idea.

      If anyone wants a copy of how to make these underground vaults let me know your email address and I will send you the plans and how to install them so they cannot be found.
      Alex

  • Dave Webb

    The problem with being prepared is all the people that are not prepared.

    The US Government is prepared to confiscate your food to feed themselves. They are likely to give you worthless money for it. But it is really stealing.

    They are prepared to put people in concentration camps. Several large empty prisons in remote areas of the west are all ready built for such a circumstance. I suggest these are inadequate and you will see huge camps to take in the excess people.

    They are prepared to declare martial law in the event of such a crisis.

    Take a real good look at the government program for disasters.

    What to do? Keep hidden any preparation you are making. The population is large enough to do this.

    Don’t stock up all at once. Keep the stock revolving so that the food stays fresh. Only stock food that will survive a long term electrical disaster. That leaves most freezers out.

    Have portable cooking available with propane. Have propane as an alternative generator and as a heat source for your home.

    Most people do not get adequate raises in salary to keep up with inflation. So most average people are now drowning as the currency lowers in value.

    In the thirties, widespread unionism was supported by the government. It was an alternative to an actual revolution of the average people in a hopeless situation.

    In the thirties, the government instituted widespread tariffs on all goods produced and imported into this country from overseas.

    In the thirties, jobs were protected by unions.

    Well, the thirties are making a comeback!

    The question is will we have the guts to do what is necessary to control things that are now out of hand? A lot has changed. But a lot has remained the same. The war is economic and it effects us all.

    We have to grow spines and protect our own lives and jobs. Throwing out the spineless jerks we have in office now might come a lot sooner than anyone expects. It has to be a peaceful change. Anarchy will not work and will not benefit anyone. The changes have to come peaceably because the majority of people want them and even this government cannot withstand public opinion for long.

    • condaggitt

      I hope they would pass a gun law stating anyone carrying an unregistered gun gets 5 years and no bail…..those camps will fill up quickly …..with black people who are the main troublemakers and Sharpton will call us racists all over again…and Detroit would be safe to walk at night..

      ————
      They are prepared to put people in concentration camps. Several large
      empty prisons in remote areas of the west are all ready built for such a
      circumstance.

  • 2Gary2

    Here is what I have observed about the way a lot of conservatives “think”:

    This is a true story so bear with me here–I am over at my in laws house not too far from where I live. We are sitting around talking and they are complaining about not being able to get on Badger care or food stamps. (they have disabled children and work low wage jobs) The line to get on Badger care is very long. In the very same breath they are saying how glad they are that Paul Ryan and Scott Walker were elected.

    When I accurately pointed out the cognitive dissonance in their thinking (if you can call it thinking) in that Ryan and Walker are undeniably the cause for their not getting on badger care/food stamps due to the cuts they enacted my in laws said they did not want to talk about it. They said that at least they (walker/ryan) were against abortion.

    I then said that regardless of their feelings abortion was here to stay and that they need to accept it and move on they still have the futile belief that abortion will be outlawed.

    I said that yes I also hate abortion and find it appalling so I would not have one. I said that the elite conservatives simply use abortion as a way to con folks like them into voting against their self interest economically and that the elite conservatives would throw their conservative social agenda under the bus in a minute they said they did not want to talk about it anymore.

    My last comment was showing them how mittens was a big flip flopper and stood for nothing but lower taxes on the rich. They said that the rich need to pay their fair share but that their heroes walker and ryan want to further cut taxes on the rich.

    So the point here is that it seems the argument of guns/gays/abortion trump all else even at the expense of voting against their own families well being by voting for walker/ryan who are toxic to their interests.

    So by my way of thinking you can not fix stupid, however, maybe I am missing something? In other aspects of their life they are quite smart and resourceful so my simply writing them off as stupid I am missing something?

    Any ideas? I really still think they are stupid. What am I missing? I would equate low information with being stupid and they are most definitely low information.

    Someone help me out here.

    • Hammerstrike

      What you are missing is that the Dems have even more wealth backing them than the Republicans, that in spite of Mitt, fat boy Christie or McCain, the Hanoï gigolo.

      What their policies do is not reducing avoidable wealth inequalities (the difference between poor and rich have increased faster under Obama than under Bush) but make wealth more of a privilege thing than a work/skills thing.
      See what happened after Obama got re-elected, taxe raises wasn´t just for the rich, now was it? Hovewer the money being spent will help the rich democrats more than anyone else.

      Voting for them is even worst to a workers economic interest than voting republican, even for a major RINO like Mitt Romney.

    • jakartaman

      The reason this country and the world will (is) bankrupt is politicians (mostly demedopes) get elected by spending other peoples money. The money ran out a long time ago and we are living in a bubble of unpayable debt.
      Hello piper!

    • SandysaysSo

      Here is what I have observed about the way a lot of lazy Obama liberals “think” like 2Gary2. They are totally dependent on the government for their existence and they want the government’s thugs to take everything away from others who have sacrificed and saved. Once the SHTF, watch out for people like 2Gary2 because they will take everything you got and they’ll spit on you while they do it.

      • 2Gary2

        first of all Obama is in no way shape or form a liberal. He is a moderate republican.

        You totally missed my point. I feared it would be too complicated for many of the conservatives to get.

  • callmecordelia1

    Just keep moving forward, squashpants. I think it will hold on for you to get what you need. Definitely get the solar oven. I use mine regularly like a crockpot, and love it even if the economy never collapses. That’s the nice thing about prepping– you’re never out anything. It’s a good way to live even if nothing big happens. :)

    • squashpants

      Thanks, my friend!

  • j h

    With the way the economy is I can see why people are living pay check to pay check. People can’t find jobs. Government says it’s getting better but I do not see it.
    It took me 4 years to find a full time job. Is my job safe. No. The company I work for just sign a one year contract with the county where I live in. I clean the county court house.
    If someone comes along and underbids the company I work for I’ll be out looking for another job.
    How can a person save any money up? What I do have saved up can be wiped out tomorrow.

    • ian

      4 years? i can see that thins are tough, but 4 years? i pounded the pavement when i lost my last job and got on within 3 weeks. Step outside of your field and actually expand your skill set. It’s not that hard.

  • Ralfine

    Well, how long can American companies survive without investment banks?

  • Ralfine

    If you don’t have water you can always drink Millers Light, or Stroh’s.

  • Ralfine

    I don’t think there will be an economic collapse. Some banks will go bust, some people will go crazy, there will be a few more Detroits. But not within a few days, rather months and years.

    That said, there is still need for prepping, as the continuous economic decline will put great strain on the health of the population.

    There will be hunger, and malnutrition, and reduced hygiene, and all these factors will weaken everybody and provide a fertile ground for any kind of disease.

    Add a flood or a drought or both, and a bureaucrazy that cuts energy supply to homes and throws people out into the streets for unpaid bills.

    In the end there will be only one little straw that breaks the camel’s back.

    • Allison Hunt

      This seems to be the plan. Not a sudden drop but rather a slow, inch by inch slow grind. It’s strangulation by silk degrees.

      • Ralfine

        Well, where there is a crisis, there is also an opportunity.

        We all have the chance to cut down on our expenses, especially the avoidable expenses. Heating costs, fuel, food, medicine.

        Just some examples:
        We don’t heat our bedrooms. The heater uses 2000W. When it gets cold, we use heating blankets. They use 20W each. We only start regular heating, when the temperature drops below zero. We got us some beautiful woollen pullovers and blankets in our holiday in Scotland.

        We don’t have a car. Public transport costs us 50 per month. Car insurance alone would cost me 1000 per year.

        We spend about 5-10 pounds for groceries per person and day. We never have to throw away spoilt food.

        A year ago I had immense pain in my joints (both knees and hips). The doctor prescribed pain medication. Then I started walking. Through walking I found interesting shops, cheaper shops, saved bus money and I am now completely pain free.
        We came through winter without any cold or other disease. I never felt so good in the last 10 years.
        Just read an old diary from a few years back. It was full of illness descriptions.

        So, what do we do with all those savings mentioned above? Buying good shoes, for example. Employing professionals to maintain and clean leathers and down quilts, buying rice and tins, and stretching the current low income to make life comfortable and find new joys.

        A walk through a city park at different times of the year can be just as enjoyable as an expensive ski holiday. And we are home for tea and cookies.

        • Allison Hunt

          If you stack your blankets deep enough, you don’t even need electric blankets. Get under a foot of blankets. Cold at first but it really works. Try it.

          • Ralfine

            Or you share the bed with someone else?

            I don’t have so many blankets. I used to use two down quilts, but then there is still the problem of getting into an ice cold bed. Never liked this. :-)

            I use the heating blanket on top of the mattress, and the down quilt to cover.

  • ॐ नमः शिवाय

    Shocking that you Americans have been living in a dream world

  • Hope

    The most important part of being prepared for this time is getting right with God. If one is not ready spiritually, then nothing else matters!

    I agree that people should do their best with what they have been given (save up money, have some emergency supplies). But when one is totally consumed in saving the physical self (as we know from the Bible what is coming), then that becomes and idol and replaces God.

    Have faith. What did God do when there was famine in the time of Elijah and Elisha?

    I’d rather be dead during the time to come to be honest. It’s going to be brutal.

  • msa

    My company just outsourced all but one person on my team. 14 people gone. All that experience gone. And they were replaced by Indian people who are proving how terrible they are. They can’t or won’t follow directions and their quality is horrible. Sad that a company that makes billions every quarter needs to “save money”. Makes me sick.

  • Faded

    I believe for the most part if their reading your blog then they have started to prepare. Thanks for all the hard work you do. Also do you have signed copies of your book? Your list of 25 things you should do to prepare helped me and my family get ready . Cant thank you enough. Also the canned food that is 6 mos out from expiring we give to the food banks, Just if some people were wondering what to do with food they stockpiled but is about to hit its date. Thank you and God Bless all of you.

  • Andrew

    I have to confess the title got my attention. 2008 economic turmoil wiped out retirement accounts across the country. The market fundamental doesn’t support an economic recovery. Remember the recent stock market crash on the Fed ‘considering’ to ‘moderately’ rollback its easy money supply?!?

  • Frederic Michael Hazard

    Humans are more resourceful then you may believe!

  • Liberty Or Death

    This is why I invest in farmland, guns, bullets, seeds and gold.

  • http://www.beattheend.com/ Beat The End

    These are amazing numbers! How do people live like this with no savings. I think that would make me worried all the time.

  • Alex

    This is the elite’s plan for their New World Order.

    less than 5% of the population own 99% of the wealth in the world. THEIR greed will be our downfall.

    Why are we allowing more illegal immigrants in the US when we don;t even have jobs for our own people? These big businesses have farmed out their corporations to countries like Haiti where they have very low paid people who took over all of our Textile jobs?

    I worked for both Pluma and Teltex two major apparel companies. They moved their entire operation’s off shore with the blessings of those who gave us NAFTA. Almost 150k textile workers in VA, NC, GA and SC lost their jobs to foreign workers!

    Our wonderful Government NOW realizes “Hey, we lost our income tax base to former U.S. Corporations who moved those jobs out of the US.” The new deal now is that they want to bring those workers here to the US so they can tax them and turn the USA in to another 3rd world country.

    That is partly why they want this immigration bill passed We’ve been sold down the tubes by the rich and powerful who influence our government officials.

    WRITE TO YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN AND DEMAND THEY SAY NO TO THIS BILL AND NO LONGER GIVE TAX BREAKS TO WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AND THEIR OWNERS WHO LIVE HERE IN LUXURY AT OUR EXPENSE!!!!!!!!

    • Allison Hunt

      You’re dreaming. How do you think “your senators and congressmen” got elected? Save your breath. They’re all corrupted, as is the whole system. Reality: We have no democracy and all legal means of redress have been long ago closed off. Get use to it.

  • jakartaman

    As Americans we are very myopic – There are other places and events that could bring the ponzi scheme down.

    Do we not think that the whole middle East will be in an all out war. Will Israeli allow Iran to go nuke? When the war starts will oil go up and really exacerbate inflation. Will the big boys get involved?

    How long will the Euro last? Japan/china’s economies ready to implode. South America is on the verge of economic and political boom. We have a derivative bubble the size of Mt. Everest. The only questions are what will be the straw that will start it all and when. Its inevitable and I am afraid sooner rather than later!

    • Allison Hunt

      You act like it’s all a matter of pure chance and probability. It is not. We’re getting played like a fiddle. Our economy will collapse when the Jews in charge are ready for it to collapse, not a second sooner… or later.

  • Phyllis McLaughlin

    Beware of buying anything from any of the “options” you see here. You WILL GET CHEATED!

  • Roger U

    #5 seems to be the key problem. Its hard to do the others with no money!

  • Captain Ron

    ISON… something wicked this way comes…

  • Allison Hunt

    I’ve noticed prices creeping up at the grocers. It’s all going up, a nickel here, a dime there. I’ve noticed a big difference within the last year. Same money, less food.

  • ian

    the economic collapse that never happens and probably wont happen for quite some time?

  • Dana

    if people are meant to survive they do. if they are not meant to survive they don’t. there isn’t much more to it. if you want to run around like a lunatic storing up for a what if scenario, do it. if you want trust in faith and go with the flow, do it.

    if you are starving and it is the end of the world, steal a loaf of bread. god will forgive you. and if worst comes to worst you will end up in prison and get fed for free. either way, you win.

  • 2Gary2

    I thought Zappa said to not eat yellow snow.

  • Thomas L

    Lotsa redundancies in the list of 17!!!!! It boils down to a list of 10 or 12 items but that is still a serious list.

  • Alex

    Squashpants, have you ever looked in to Aquaponics for gardening? I’ve started reading up on it. It’s really amazing how much food and fish you can produce from one small tank. Try google for Aquaponics it will come up with some good sites. there is a PHD who lives in the desert and has a huge setup too see on YouTube.
    Alex

    • squashpants

      Actually, Alex, I have. I have actually ordered material from Backyard Liberty. However, I have some problems with implementation, so I have put it off while I am doing other things (like starting a raised bed garden). Thanks.

  • Michael Andrew Cafener

    If they’re anything like me, they don’t have money to prep! Unless they cut out the non-essentials like butter, sauce and herbs!

  • no-nonsense

    Michael,

    your article tries to look forward, but is missing the point. We are going to have a complete change of the system. Yes, it will be painful. Yes, there will be chaos. However, do not think, you will be better prepared, if you stack financials or groceries. The new system will not operate on the same assumptions as our old system has. Your article, though, is based on the same old assumptions. People have to learn to live with their intuition. We have to learn to share. We have to learn to use resources better than we have in the past. Stop turning a positive process into fear. We do need a systemic change. That can only come from a complete collapse of a system that no longer works. Old structures that no longer serve a purpose have to go. The financial system as we have today, is no longer working. Thus, it has to change. It is not to be afraid of.

  • Harry

    Are you scared yet? I am about to finish my survivalist book. I had seen the problems coming in 1977

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.miller.5245961 John Miller

    All of you had better prepare for war right here, because that is where this is headed when the economic system crashes. First will be the rise of our most volatile demographic (look at the element that commits most of the crime now), then the government forces will move against all of the people. The attempt will be to round everybody up and isolate them in a concentration camp somewhere. Your choices are simple: skip out of the country now. Build a well stocked and hidden bunker. Relocate into the mountains or into the deep wilderness areas…but do all of it now…don’t wait!!!

    • xnerd

      LOL!!!

      Im going to start invest in metals.. TINFOIL!

  • Edward

    I live in Australia and looking at your situation here i just cannot believe how you guys think there
    i have seen that many prepper shows on TV coming from your country, the fear mongering, are you prepared for the end of days mongering, now the approaching storm what are you preparing for, are you just going to let this happen like you have no choice in the matter, is this the culture of thought that the great USA has amounted to, it does not matter if the Chinese, Filipino or Indian people are taking all the jobs change is inevitable its part of todays world how you adapt is all that is important it seems to me this every man for themselves culture you have adopted really needs to addressed its rampant in your country what has happened to just believing in opportunity

  • Opaque

    Gold and silver won’t protect you from cold weather, lack of food, dehydration, and raiders.

  • mtngirl

    I hear you. Got food, meds, ammo, and toiletries but we still need a rain barrel and barter items. I learned how to make a solar oven on youtube for less than $10 out of a reflectorized windshield shade. It works great. Got some chickens for fresh eggs and meat. But it seems like every day I think of something we overlooked. Prepping ain’t for sissies!

  • Isaiah

    Even middle class people have to use food steps

  • Anonymous

    #3 and #4 points contradict each other. I stopped reading the rest.

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