Anarchy: The absence of governance or law.
Protests against government policies and economic conditions are increasing worldwide. While most of these protests began as non-violent activism, they have often degenerated into some form of violence both on the protesters part and the part of the authorities. To give you a sense of what conditions of civil unrest can resemble, we have included links to many of the protests transpiring around the globe in 2019 – Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Egypt, Lebanon, Britain, France, Hong Kong, Algiers, Sudan, USA, Russia, Haiti.
As our civilization moves ever closer to collapse, it is important to recognize the phases typical of collapse and plan, both mentally and physically, for it so that we have a reasonable chance of at least surviving and perhaps even thriving through the process. Dimitry Orlov, who experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union presents a realistic picture of what to expect in his Five Stages of Collapse. His analysis focuses on the upcoming collapse of the United States. For further reading, there is another study on the Collapse of Society that was funded by NASA; this has a more global scope.
Using Orlov’s model, we will first look at how we need to prepare for the first phase – Financial Collapse which the U.S. came close to during the 2008 Great Recession. That collapse was postponed by the actions of the Federal Reserve and other Central Banks. As mentioned in a previous post, conditions have changed since then that do not bode well for a further postponement regardless of what the global banking system throws at it this time.
For our part, we list the seven main areas that you would be wise to start thinking about in your preparations:
- Instruments of Exchange (What you will use, other than national currency, for trade in exchange for things you need and don’t already have)
- Medicine and First Aid
- Knowledge (Books on subjects you don’t already possess a reasonable level of expertise in such as gardening, self-defense, first aid, etc.)
To understand what a ‘worst case’ scenario might look like, we recommend you read The Dark Secrets of SHTF Survival by Selco Begovic. Selco was your typical average citizen that found himself in an urban setting during the Bosnian war and his book recounts what he experienced and what he needed to do to survive that period of chaos. While we hope that none of us find ourselves in a situation as rough as Selco did, the conditions that could create this environment in the U.S. and other ‘developed’ countries are becoming more prevalent.
We feel it is best to prepare for the worst and then be relieved if the worst doesn’t visit you.