GO WEST, CUBICAL WARRIOR 2
Okay, so far we’ve ascertained that your average minion wants to move someplace safer, but with no abnormal life changes ( the move itself, from suburbia East to suburbia West, or whatever, is enough disruption ). We’ve talked about how the American Redoubt is more a political fantasy than a viable PODA location. Let’s talk about the problems with the East ( then, I’ll cover the good points of each location ). The East is both very overpopulated and vulnerable to extreme disasters. I don’t know if the extreme disasters are even realistic, given as how the primary reason for avoiding the area is downwind nuclear fallout from our strategic missile bases, which I don’t think is a probable threat anymore ( possible? Of course. Probable? I have my doubts. While any commander in chief can be an idiot and needlessly provoke Russia or China, don’t let all your public school propaganda fool you. WE are the historical aggressors, not the Russians. If economics draw back our forces, the American imperial drive for occupation which made nukes so scary will no longer be a catalyst for Russian launch ). And while grid down overheating of nuclear power plant fuel rods will be immediately dangerous to down winders, it is far easier to be on the right side of a power plant than of Midwest silos. Mostly, I’d fear overpopulation in the East more than anything else. There are a LOT of people living there, but there are a LOT of people living in the West ( just more concentrated. As if that is a better thing ). So the question becomes not who is overcrowded but how to avoid the crowds which are everywhere. The American Redoubt solution is rural settlement in the West. And that is fine except for reliance on our communications grid ( as well as our long distance transportation ). I think the solution is not in avoiding crowds now but during and after the collapse.
So far, the normal advice has been on either avoiding crowds now or planning on long distance bug outs. My stated advice has been on relocating to a town or small city close to your affordable junk land. But that still just sort of assumes a Western preference ( as that is where most junk land is. Or was. Prior to 2008. Now, a lot of Eastern land is opening up as whole communities fail economically. Of course, the affordable junk land has also, at least in the East, morphed into Not-So-Affordable junk land now. Well, that is what relocation and 401 (k) liquidation is for ). The main question in this article series is where to go to be safest. Safest is less people and I think you can achieve that in either location. Not less NOW, but less after the collapse ( to be fair, less now is far better as far as avoiding crime. But here the focus remains long term collapse danger ). You just need to ride out the die-off and you can do that either location. Yes, the East is a more dangerous place to hunker down. But the West is more dangerous surviving afterwards. More next article.
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