VILLAGE BUG OUT 2
Now, while I’m certainly not saying it isn’t possible that you can win the home equity lottery, I am saying the odds are very bad any more. You keep jacking up the price on middle class homes decade after decade, throw in wage destruction through “affordable care acts”, add a sprinkle of housing bubbles bursting, make sure that all your Union jobs are now minimum wage with illegal immigrants working them, send all the jobs to China, not forgetting to include the mandatory bankers greed of course, and out pops a market where almost nothing sells. Including your home. Odds are good you can’t find another sucker to take it off your hands. The bank valuation doesn’t make the added wealth magically appear, but it does goose the property tax up. So, my question remains, why are you living there? More importantly, because I understand since 2009 more and more people are frozen with bad choices that are only surmountable if you run away from the rat race, why do you think a poor investment in the Oil Age is going to transform into a good one come the collapse?
Almost guaranteed, where you live now is a bad idea. Come collapse, you’ll have to move anyway. However, and you’ll probably not forgive me for waylaying you for quit a long trip to get to this point, where you think you should be moving to is probably also a very bad idea. Junk land is great for staying out of debt and freeing funds for stockpiling. It might, but probably won’t, even work for laying low to survive the die-off period. That $300k retreat out in Montana rural way? If the Yuppie Scum survive occupying it, they will be abandoning it anyway. Most of our anti-Rat Race and survival retreat properties are too close to civilization. They might be a vast improvement over Mr. and Mrs. Money Douche Bags property but they are still a dwelling designed with our present civilization in mind. Not the coming primitive one. You can’t help that. You live now as if you must utilize the road system. Natural barriers and agricultural advantageous spots are irrelevant. It must conform to the road system. At one time, the roads did follow most of those of Europe or Asia, old paths that made sense for the old professions and trades, just widened if lucky and paved. But after World War Two, the nation turned into one large Levittown ( some places, like Los Angeles due to early oil discoveries, made the transition much earlier. But post WWII was the general nation wide beginning ) and the old paths were no longer followed if they interfered with suburbia ( Kunstler rightly hates the sprawl for killing the culture, but it also killed our ability to devolve back into the old ways in more ways than just that aspect ).
That is where you live now. In sprawl which is still bad no matter how far you are from the city, or out in less densely populated areas but easy to find as you conform to the nationwide layout, AND you are somewhere without regard of natural water source, local food sustainability, natural terrain or weather variables. Now, obviously, everybody throughout the Agricultural Age lives on a road because nobody can survive without trade ( the three abnormal behaviors forced on us by agriculture: government, religion and trade ). Being on a road isn’t as much of a death sentence as being wired to the grid ( I’d follow the lines, not just the roads-but I’d especially follow the paved roads rather than the dirt ones if I was following the wealth ), but as bad as both those are, the practice of individualizing dwellings without factoring in anything other than grid availability is where you’ll see issues. Living with just the family unit is natural. A single family shelter is the rule. But once you fail to cluster that house with others, in a village, and built it strategically, you are hosed.
Terrain is much more important than factoring in your road grade or the number of bridges you need. It certainly limits us today, compared to centuries past, because now settlements are built around rail and road and those follow placement rulings. In the past, a donkey trail was enough for placing a village and that come after food growing. Now, even food growing is dependent on other factors such as combine accessibility. Not where nature allows the best harvest. It is just like when I tell you that you don’t need a car and you all look at me like I just ate a baby and was passing a flying monkey. From your point of view, your natural habitat the road system, everyone needs a car to get around. I find a dwelling closest to my job and never travel past bicycle distance from those two locations. You have no frame of reference for that because it is just normal that everyone drives.
Except after the apocalypse ( I don’t care what all the Yuppie Scum Survivalists with their underground gasoline tanks of five thousand treated gallons say ). Then you find your location built around your abnormal lust for internal combustion engines, a lust that will one day seem as perverted as fudge packing, pedophilia, zoo animal love or political correctness, is not conducive to post-oil living. Your “investment” in oil age grid up property? AAAaaaand it’s gone! ( seriously, have you watched the Southpark YouTube video? “Southpark and it’s gone” under the search bar and three minutes of side splitting hilarity ensue ). Chances are good you’ll be relocating to a better location based on defense alone, with food gathering a close second and nothing else much even approaches those two in importance. Remember, there are phases here for the civilization collapse. One is minimizing the need for income and maximizing stockpiles. Two is having a location for the die-off. Three is finding or founding a defensible village location you can raise food at. None are probably going to be the same location. Don’t get hung up on the investment in any one of them, as you will be moving. Continued tomorrow.
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