SAFE PLACE 2
As far as the concept of global collapse, I believe most of you too bashful to admit you’ve been riveted to my published pearls of wisdom for far too many years already know my answer to that. We might be in an oil glut right now but that is due to economic contraction ( yes, economic contraction compared to 2008. Back then banks had no liquidity due to derivatives bets imploding. They have plenty now. But with no jobs, nobody has money to buy anything-that is your deflation right there, not because of an oil oversupply due to surplus. You should be buying basics such as beans and bullets hand over fist right now. It won’t get cheaper, and it can change quickly. Already gun companies are going under due to lack of demand and those low prices are inventory clearances, as one example. Oh, and one of the reasons the PetroDollar isn’t complete toast right now? Nobody is selling enough oil right now to pay the bills. They can’t afford to drop us as a customer, even if we are paying in Greenbacks ) and NOT supply. Peak Oil is still very much a Thing.
This economic unraveling we are now experiencing? You know, the one that is going to be far worse than a decade ago? That could be what accelerates the end of the oil age. We might be still pumping, technically, the same volume of oil, but if EROI is as bad as they claim ( which, as painful as it is for me to admit as a paranoid cynical pessimistic doomer, might just be as blatently self-servingly exaggerated as all the Happy Optimistic blather out there from the Elite Approved Officially Government Sanctioned Main Media ) then this economic collapse could render all the oil extraction and transportation infrastructure inoperable. If trade collapses causing economies ( ours and even or especially China’s ) to halt, our military can no longer police ocean transportation and no banking infrastructure is there to enable trade payments. Trade halts, spare parts and fuel and money halts, and all the oil stays put, perhaps forever. And that, my fine feathered minions, is how the entire globe takes a giant dump simultaneously.
Some countries should be just fine, relatively speaking. Russia is largely self sufficient. China would immediately be unlivable as would the US. We are NOT the bread basket of the world anymore-you don’t get to be that after serious population growth, dried up aquifers, depleted soil and energy dependence. We are FAR too reliant on unimaginably grotesque amounts of oil to do anything, and we rely on 60-70% of our oil being imported. And even then we are one last PetroDollar away from Greatest Great Depression, famine and civil war. I’m utterly amazed at the complete obliviousness of so many supposedly Aware individuals who blissfully continue catalog shopping for Freeze Dried goat spleen, Green Tip .223 ammo, FLIR scopes and Rocky Mountain retreat property at screaming bargains in the MERE quarter million dollar range, while all these factors are lining up against our economy and our nation. If the End isn’t Nigh by now, I don’t know how they can possibly be given a clearer sign. Do they believe it when they are living in a cardboard box under a bridge, desperately fighting off cannibalistic raping hobo’s night after night with their Billy Bad Ass Arsenal, living off crank and coffee trying to survive without sleep?
If most of the globe ( sorry, I seriously doubt you will be welcomed to Russia ) is going down with the oil extraction and financing and especially extreme overpopulation, and it is silly to go there, anywhere, that leaves travel in the US. The question still stands. Should you move to an area already decimated, already under populated, so you can skip most of the collapse process? Let’s take the obvious example of Detroit. There are plenty of other examples but they are the poster child. Think that is a swell place to live? They have thousands ( if not tens of thousands-the actual number is astounding and should serve as a wake-up call to you how well built up this country was, and is now unable to keep up maintenance on ) of abandoned buildings you could live in and grow a garden in the surrounding soil. It is a lush area even if winters leave a bit to be desired. You could urban-stead there for a few hundred bucks in back taxes. Arm yourself against the legions of angry Black gangs and be your own law ( the police will show up only to arrest you for self defense, not the attackers, as you threaten their diminishing but appointed monopoly on violence and the gangs are too dangerous for them-one supposes even with Federally granted armored vehicles and armed SWAT teams. Welcome to forth generation warfare and the demise of the State ).
Sound like a winner? And by the by, Detroit on steroids but with far better music is what you’ll find in any Third World city. Like, say, in South America, the point of departure for these crazy rich misinformed expats. No, moving to an area already collapsed is certainly not the greatest idea. Crime is rampant even by regular US city standards and no matter how well armed you can’t overcome the numbers both of the criminals and the authorities ( bribing other cops is easy, in the US it is harder. They arrest you, seize your property, THEN expect you to come up with a bribe erroneously called fines or lawyer fees ). In economically depressed areas the police will harass you for revenue enhancement. You don’t want to be completely alone in the country due to attacks ( I’ll wager 100% of all Yuppie Scum Survivalists have a road to their super secret retreat, and fifty percent of them have power lines. Attackers just Follow The Grid ). That leaves as small of a town as possible as the optimal living area.
So the next question is, are small towns which have already collapsed a good idea? Continued tomorrow.
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