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Who will win the blog wars, or will it be a mere Pyrrhic victory, the corpses littering the ground in equal numbers as the Internet powers down along with civilization? Look, we all know everything is doomed. Our cities, which rely on trade and/or imperial power ( both reliant on surplus energy ), our imported oil which depends on the PetroDollar which is already breaking apart and has been and will continue to until it doesn’t because It‘s Done. Our population numbers, which need oil inputs to be fed. Our economies, which is really just our central bank inflating to weakly simulate activity, are already subsidizing fracking oil production which is both a money loser and a net energy loser, who cannot indefinitely extend and pretend. You know that crap always ends badly, else why aren’t Zimbabwe Dollars still viable? The day is not too far away when Greenbacks will join Confederate currency as spendable currency. You think gold will save you? How is retail consumer gold going to keep up overseas trade when the dollar is only backed by DC promises?
We all know it is going to end badly, and some of us actually don’t pretend it isn’t going to happen in our lifetime. Not just an economic collapse but a civilization one. Ah, but the journey getting there is going to be interesting. Today I focus on the prepper/survivalist community verses me, and who will win. Short answer, me. Hump all of you Yuppie Scum asswhores all double dog piling on to the Ponzi scheme of catering to the rich who don’t mind buying their way to all solutions. Yuppie Scum survivalist guru’s, of which there are a half dozen contenders to the title with dozens more hopeful wanna-be’s riding their coattails, are rather easy to find. Every survival blog out there copy’s Rawles, who copied Ruff and others from that era. The mantra goes as such, with minor variations to differentiate: I love God so he loves me and so money comes my way to buy semi-automatic weapons, freeze dried foods and bug-out vehicles. If God doesn’t love you, you are poor and don’t deserve to live and why don’t you do us all a favor prior to the collapse and die already since the poor suck. If we want someone to serve us fries we’ll get some more Mexicans up here. Oh, and you must support Israel for no other reason than it proves we are an imperial power because God loves the US.
So, money matters and you, poor prepper, do not. They ALL teach the same crap of buying your way to surviving. They all worship the imperial carbine, the better to not hit anyone due to jamming and if you do it won’t kill them due to it being a rimfire round. Since imperial troopers carry them, they must be neato ( never mind the troops are there to recon for artillery strikes, which causes most casualties, nor that their using a submachinegun is dangerous for them )! Since freeze dried foods cost a lot in part due to advertising costs, they MUST be the food choice of all imperial carbine toting Christian Militia members since they pay off the guru. Nobody teaches Redneck Survival, poor peasant prepping. It is all about money. Nobody survives without money, granted, but when you need enough to pay the property tax on an Idaho McMansion and the SUV you take to Costco and the Bulk Bullet Gun Store, money becomes the driving force in philosophy. God doesn’t protect you against avarice and gluttony. That is your devil talking, whispering sweet nothings in your ear about Owning The Night, Suppressive Fire, Store What You Eat, Thrive Not Survive and other homilies.
But forget screwing over the poor. Far worse, you are looking at a flawed business model. If you target the rich, and the rich are getting thin on the ground due to economic contraction, and despite all your focus on fracking oil extending our imperial power another century, which is just a fantasy denying reality ( and which fools folks into thinking no real collapse will occur ), then you have no more customers left to keep you in the lifestyle you deserve. Hence the Ponzi scheme reference. Dude, it is all demographics. I target the poor, everyone else targets the rich. The rich are becoming less and less of the population while the number of poor are growing like weeds. Who is the better group to sell to? Note of course that I never “targeted” a group but just wrote as I lived and attracted a following. But from a solely business viewpoint you speak of targeted audiences. And Yuppie Scum Survival Guru’s are a business. They talk a good game, and quote the bible like it was Buffet’s quarterly stockholders report, but actions speak louder than blog entries. Not all businesses are equally benign. Selling cigarettes provides a need, as does selling FLIR scopes, but neither of which are very good for the end user in the long term ( the cost of a FLIR, a device too expensive regardless of its supposed benefits, is far better spent on far better and useful gear that actually keeps you alive ).
So, my customer base grows as everyone else’s shrinks. I’m the winner, bitches, eventually. I can hold my head high as I cheat nobody, not in actual practice hawking dangerous advice, nor in spirit as I give away far better advice and ask recompense only as the reader is able. And your money doesn’t buy my preps, just my continued efforts at spreading the word. Today, you find churches paying preachers a salary rather than just room and board as it used to be. Your donations are not helping the poor then, are they? And today survival guru’s just preach that only the rich are worthy and only the worthy can support them. What church would you rather join? The one where the man spreading the word of God lives in a nice house and drives a nice car and clothes a trophy wife, or one whose preacher lives a vow of poverty and helps the community? Did he just compare himself to a holy worker? Oh No He Didn’t! Sorry, I can’t hear you over my celebration of myself.
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