Although I'll be portrayed in a episode of National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers" program as preparing for a nuclear war, I truly feel that a more likely scenario is apt to be economic collapse. "So what?" you may say. "We've survived economic collapse before - just look at the Great Depression!" Well, there are a few things to keep in mind when comparing economic collapse today to economic collapse of yesterday. The first thing to consider is that when the economy began its tumble in 1929, the U.S. went into the Depression with a surplus in the treasury. Now, we have no surplus whatsoever and are instead dealing with a $15 trillion deficit. That's going to make it tough to set up programs like the WPA and CCC. Second, world economies are now so intricately intertwined that it's hard to have one part of the network go down without pulling everyone else down with it. In the 1930s, this wasn't the case; co-dependent economies were just beginning to burgeon back then. Third is the fact that in 1930, the population of the U.S. was 106 million. Now it's 308 million. It's going to be a lot harder to set up soup kitchens and government jobs for three times as many people. Finally, in 1930 the U.S. had a largely rural population. Now, we are more urban. People were able to return to the family farm back then and earn their living from the land. Now, many city dwellers have never even set foot on a farm, much less ever grown any food. Honestly, a human being can probably survive forever if all there is to eat is a single egg for breakfast, an apple for lunch, and a potato for dinner. It would probably be much healthier to eat such a diet than it is to eat the wagonloads of crap we shovel into our bodies today. It would be especially healthy if the person eating the egg, the apple, and the potato is also the person tending the chickens, minding the orchard, and harvesting the potatoes. But how many people are situated in an environment where that would be possible today? Especially the ones in the city with no one in the country who's willing to take them in? With an overextended deeply indebted government unable afford to feed a burgeoning population, and that population having no way of feeding itself, wouldn't it just make a little bit of sense to set aside extra food during the times of plenty, in order to tide you through lean years ahead?



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