GO WEST, CUBICLE WARRIOR 3*
note: got Harry Browne's book in the mail last Friday. Thank you dear minion!
My preference is living in the West. I love the desert. Most people don’t. They are used to trees and abundant water. If you are like them, stay were you are. We are so divorced from nature, living in our petro bubbles, that we might forget that in the very near future we will be living alongside the Great Outdoors, not hidden from it. You might as well enjoy the spot you are in. That said, just because north Idaho or west Montana/Wyoming has a little water and some trees does not mean they are the best places for you. While every place has its own set of problems, right now those places suffer from sky high land prices AND higher unemployment. To me, those places have a sign erected on their border saying No Poor People Please. Okay, sure, they said “please”, but I still find their attitude suck-ass. I mean, Wyoming has LESS land under Fed control than Nevada, yet MORE zoning controls and much higher prices. Have you been to eastern Wyoming? The wind never stops. I want to pay big bucks to live in an Artic wind tunnel? Blow me, Wyoming. If your state is destined to be a retirement haven, I want nothing to do with you. And the simple fact is that where you go to needs to offer at least the chance of some jobs. Only rich people invited is a sure reason Rawles Rangers would want to live in an area, and lack of jobs helps in that regard. They are “professionals” or telecommuters and so must put up with much less riff-raff. Rich humpers can blow me.
The rest of us are not rich and we need a place to stay to weather the Apocalypse. If you are really poor, you can move West to the smallest town with minimum wage jobs and make payments on nearby junk land ( E-Bay land sellers don’t require credit as they self-finance. Have surface water nearby-wells are droughts waiting to happen, not a cure for them, given lack of power or replacement parts ). If you have a good paying gig ( or, as good paying as it is ever going to get ), you might consider staying in the East, if that is where the company can send you to another location or where you can get a bug-out lot affordably. Bug out land in the East is very realistic, it just needs to be used differently to be viable. I’ll get to that the next article.
Right now, you must be thinking to yourself that you dare not leave your job because they are very few and far between everywhere. And you are right. So you need to make plans that fit reality. It doesn’t matter if you can’t make the perfect prepper plan. What matters is you make the least worst decision and do it quick. You know, I know and Ross Perot knows that time is very short. And if it isn’t you need to act like it is, because it could very well be. So transfer to another nearby city with affordable countryside or at least get out of the worst of the worst areas like NYC or DC or whatever. Even if you can’t get land at least get to an area that is more survivable. Already owning land ( to have a place to survive unemployment AND the apocalypse ) in the East is more important than the West ( in the West, you can squat on desert land and nobody cares whereas in the East every lot will be desired and contested ), and it sure couldn’t hurt your prospects in the future to do so, but it can be worked around if it isn’t a viable option. More important right now is to get to a less worse area, even if it is still too crowded. At least it will be less too crowded. Most of us working are forced to live in a too crowded area, even out West. Next article, the actual strategies of surviving the collapse while living in the urban areas, east or west.
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