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« on: April 09, 2008, 04:34:53 pm »

 Survivalism Goes Mainstream As Middle Class And Wealthy Fear Breakdown Of Society

Darryl Mason
Your New Reality
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I have the strangest feeling we are about to see some elements of survivalism hitting the mainstream media in a huge way, as soon as Britney Spears, George Clooney or Kate Moss announce they keep food stockpiles, grow their own vegetables and maintain isolated cottages to escape to when water riots and bank runs turn cities in combat zones.

Soon we will see a spread in something like Vanity Fair of six movie and music stars listing what they keep in their survivalist stockpiles, or showing off their organic veggie patches at their secret 'haven'.

The New York Times gets busy marketing the new, less threatening, survivalism :

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    The traditional face of survivalism is that of a shaggy loner in camouflage, holed up in a cabin in the wilderness and surrounded by cases of canned goods and ammunition.

    It is not that of Barton M. Biggs, the former chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley.
    “Your safe haven must be self-sufficient and capable of growing some kind of food,” Mr. Biggs writes. “It should be well-stocked with seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc. Think Swiss Family Robinson. Even in America and Europe there could be moments of riot and rebellion when law and order temporarily completely breaks down.”

    Survivalism, it seems, is not just for survivalists anymore.
    Faced with a confluence of diverse threats — a tanking economy, a housing crisis, looming environmental disasters, and a sharp spike in oil prices — people who do not consider themselves extremists are starting to discuss doomsday measures once associated with the social fringes.

    They stockpile or grow food in case of a supply breakdown, or buy precious metals in case of economic collapse. Some try to take their houses off the electricity grid, or plan safe houses far away. The point is not to drop out of society, but to be prepared in case the future turns out like something out of “An Inconvenient Truth,” if not “Mad Max.”
    “I’m not a gun-nut, camo-wearing skinhead. I don’t even hunt or fish,” said Bill Marcom, 53, a construction executive in Dallas.
    “If all these planets line up and things do get really bad,” Mr. Marcom said, “those who have not prepared will be trapped in the city with thousands of other people needing food and propane and everything else.”

    “You just can’t help wonder if there’s a train wreck coming,” said David Anderson, 50, a database administrator in Colorado Springs who said he was moved by economic uncertainties and high energy prices, among other factors, to stockpile months’ worth of canned goods in his basement for his wife, his two young children and himself.
    (A) book, “The Long Emergency” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005), by James Howard Kunstler, an author and journalist who writes about economic and environmental issues, argues that American suburbs and cities may soon lay desolate as people, starved of oil, are forced back to the land to adopt a hardscrabble, 19th-century-style agrarian life.

    Some middle-class preparedness converts, like Val Vontourne, a musician and paralegal in Olympia, Wash., recoil at the term “survivalist,” even as they stock their homes with food, gasoline and water.

    “I now think of storing extra food, water, medicine and gasoline in the same way I think of buying health insurance...It just makes sense.”

Anything that encourages more people to grow their own vegetables and herbs, and put away a bit of food and water just in case, is a positive.
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