Everybody wants a safe place, which probably accounts for relocation being close to guns in the category both most talked about and most abused with fantastical notions by writers. Nobody wants to be the next Jews wistfully gazing west towards their long departed relatives as the Nazi’s herd them into cattle cars. Of course, most of these new “No More Jews” thinkers are living in the big cities working at Oil Age Imperial jobs that in theory allow them to finance dreams of departure, but in reality their own self-imposed golden handcuffs work far better at detention than any passport control immigration thwarting dictatorship ever could. But I’m not supposed to talk about that. Just as it used to be Verbodden to compare Imperial America to Expansionist Germany, both with colonial aspirations towards their neighbors, now one mustn’t even allude to future growing generations of financially destitute masses. That would be, why, simply unpatriotic.
By now, you should all have been exposed to my strong views of expatriation. It is, not to put too fine of a point on it because as we just established I am a swell upright flag waving American who wouldn’t even dream about upsetting anyone lest their fever dreams of wealth be debased, beyond moronic bordering on evolutionary dead ends. Leaving this country, regardless of how bad things get, is jumping from the frying pan into the fire. In times of energy decrease, ALL locations are having far more problems and leaving and resettling means you either can’t assimilate culturally and are soon targeted as the Evil Outsider Yankee Responsible For The US Elite exploitation Of Us, or are insulated by your wealth but also targeted eventually because of it. Do you really want to be the White Brit living in Africa during the Mau-Mau Insurrection? Cultural differences aren’t perceived as an issue by financially padded Americans visiting abroad, as they simply throw money at any problem. But cultural awareness is nothing short of a survival mechanism. Without it, you are instantly branded as an outsider chimpanzee of a neighboring tribe targeted for elimination in a territorial dispute. And as an American living in any other country, you’ll have no cultural awareness unless you grew up there.
Far too many Americans, because they grew up in an Imperial Capital surroundings, think money buys anything to include love and goodwill. Those subject to Imperial currency controls and subjugation, colonial exploitation and military occupation, meaning pretty much everyone else on the planet ( it used to be a good thing we ruled them all-now that we can’t and you can see signs of this everywhere to include losing wars to tribesmen living in dirt and squawking to Mohammed for guidance, or having country after country withdraw from the once mandatory PetroDollar, all of our controls and occupations become a hindrance rather than an income. Akin to France being stuck with occupation of Algiers and Vietnam and that military cost, yet with no income from rubber or whatever it was North Africa gave the mother country in colonial treasure ), having existed without much if any currency, have a far different take on money. Besides being coveted by any means fair or foul, it certainly isn’t viewed as a talisman nor is it a cloaking device on reality for them.
If you believe me to be engaged in bloviated hyperbole, try this little experiment. Rather than moving to Costa Rico or wherever, just go move to a foreign country within the US. If you are a Yankee, go down to any rural backwater Southern location. If you are from anywhere else, go to Texas. Any Midwesterner arriving in the swamps of Louisiana is in another culture entirely. Any person growing up in any sane location visiting the viperous cancerous rectal growth of California will be in for a shock. Any Easterner used to trees and water can arrive at a foreign location by visiting the desert. Any white boy that wasn’t raised on flashing ass cracks and rap music will be on foreign soil visiting a Black ghetto. And those areas are in your own country. It is FAR worse in an actual non-American area. Far worse. Don’t. Go. There.
It is far, far better to find a quiet bubble of solitude, a remote small town surrounded by wilderness, to move to. You still have enough cultural awareness to assimilate, even if barely. You have a fall back escape location costing you nothing but planning and sweat equity ( to bury caches ). And while it can be scary to be isolated, a LOT of places here are so far removed from the teeming masses of maggots on the decaying meat of urbanization that once energy supplies contract massively ( say, oh, any day now when the PetroDollar really crashes and we lose 60% or more of our oil imports ) no one is going to bother getting out there to exploit you, imprison or kill you ( your immediate neighbors are another matter entirely ). In theory. All things considered, it is far better to expat yourself to another American internal country. It is also a LOT cheaper, with no government control. We have covered all this before. But that is just the START of the conversation.
As a loving loyal minion suggested some time ago ( I had slips of paper with article ideas in varied and sundered positions and recently consolidated them into a single large easily accessible file folder. I came across this idea and was far better wowed and impressed than when I first recorded it and just had to pursue the subject. I told you I was a far better writer than editor or administrator, and I’m sticking with that ), expating or not, there was a far more important consideration. Most of us know we need to reach a far safer place, granted, but what of non-simultaneous global die-off? Far better to hunker down, or should we move to a location that has already seen a collapse of sorts and move there due to lower population? I’ll explore if uneven collapse is relevant, the differences between hunkering or moving, and if location is everything. To be continued next article.
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I am living in an area (near the ND Oil boom/bust) that is seeing a fairly gentle economic drawdown after the explosive fracking boom of only a decade ago. Even living in a county with a fraction of the population of Elko we are seeing more homeless, more economic distress, more crime, etc., Amounting to maybe 2 reported incidents a month. Usually because of people wandering in from outside. But, by being here before the bust began, and showing signs of actually putting down roots (owning and improving land, having children, buying locally, etc.) we are not treated too badly by the natives (yet). Also because the area has such a low population I can literally own enough ammo to deal with any local violence issues should they occur.ReplyDelete
In fact my next most important purchase for prepping is going to be more good optics (binoculars) to be able to see when my redoubt is being approached, and possibly improving the range of my firearms - If the rest of the population was turned into zombies I have enough ammo on hand to deal with that.
Because this burg is populated by Yuppie Scum, there is no loyalty to either buy here locally or treat your local customers fairly. It is just chum in the water.Delete
Most places where the economy starts to fall apart you see migration from the countryside to cities as people think that's where the resources are centralized. This could be a good thing for those who stay in the sticks to ride out the first wave.ReplyDelete
I see that already where I live. My little town had a population increase during the housing boom. (From around 400 souls to just over 500.) But since 2008, the population has been declining again as people move to bigger town for jobs. We had some really good friends lose their house to the bank and they had to move with their 5 kids back in with family.Delete
Thank goodness, for us, for the herding instinct of the sheeple.Delete
"self-imposed golden handcuffs"ReplyDelete
There ya go.
It's pretty peaceful where I'm at, know why?
Because the closest store is about 1/2 hour away.
Stores are magnets for all the worst things in society.
And they sell stuff.
Most people couldn't stand the notion of not being able to access a store in under 3 minutes. I'm thankful for those useful idiots.
I put them handcuffs on back in the 70's and took them off about 11 years ago. It took me a long time to evolve out of stupidhood, embarrassingly so.
A long time to evolve out of stupid. None of us in this glass house are going to cast any stones. :)Delete
Come TEOTWAWKI / PODO being anywhere other than your own nation is only going to add to the dangers you face.ReplyDelete
Another danger from being PC. You think non-tribe will welcome you. Diversity. What a rim job.Delete
Isolated small town ( > 5,000 - 20,000 < ) in area with decent rain fall and little risk of hurricane / tornado / earthquake zones sounds about right to me. Areas where hard freezes lasting over 24 hours is a rare event is a bonus (notice how locations in deep freeze zones almost double your preps to include Snowmaggedon measures ?)ReplyDelete
Although warmth and rainfall sound good to me, the cost of land in such places (and the tolerance for outsiders in many of them) makes the few I have found fairly prohibitive.Delete
Good rainfall, warm, tolerant of outsiders, affordable land, decent food production, low natural disaster risks, employment opportunities, low population density, not an island - choose a few you really think you need, and a few you can live without, then look for places that fit.
JJ, I think the problem is everyone wants too many items on the list not realizing you can't have them all unless you cross off "affordable". And even then I don't think a place like that is around.Delete
I like living in a snowy area. It keeps the bugs down plus, you end up with a walk in fridge/freezer for several months of the year.Delete
I'll take the cold, snow I prefer to be optional. Up on the mountain looking pretty is just fine.Delete
Lord Bison "everyone wants too many items on the list not realizing you can't have them all unless you cross off "affordable""Delete
Dang right. This is Bison Blog. We're aiming for BTN first then move onto a secure VAULT with robot guards.
Robot guards. The "classic" book "The Postman". Just the robot guards alone made the book crap. Movie was much better.Delete
Anon 2:06 - good points made, especially about cold storage available for free for some months. Also all of that potential water melted for water needs for later.Delete
My Snowmaggedon comment above was really directed about heavier clothing needs as well as keeping your water pipes from freezing. Also guessing that natural gas methane digester might be having some trouble keeping the 'digesting' going on due to temps.
Sorry, "snowmeggedon" being the phrase used by the Yankee scum to describe a few inches of snow really makes my blood boil. Now I see what you mean. I would contend of course that it takes less clothing to keep you warm in winter than what it takes to cool you in summers. Warming is easy, cooling takes more than a few simple clothes. Each has its shelter issues and costs of course, just that it is easier to get warm than to get cool, especially with the humidity issue.Delete