SHTF Arrives Early, Now What?
Things have been rather exciting over the last year, as we swing into the final months of the Constitutional Republic formerly known as the United States of America. And so I’ve been watching a lot, reading, thinking about all of this… While I work through current problems in my own life. And a very interesting question came up, which is the point of this post. The problem is that, to adequately answer the question, requires quite a bit of time to set up the background, so the answer makes sense. So here goes…
The MSM is thrashing around as they slowly die of lost legitimacy
In the last year, the veneer of decency and honesty has been completely stripped away from our uniquely American “fifth column,” the media, whose responsibility it was to monitor and report on the corruption of government. Instead, they have been utterly exposed as the lying scum most people suspected them of being. They’re just willing propaganda outlets for the government, like Pravda or TASS were, for the Soviet Union. White is now black, up is down, wrong is right.
And of course, the media pimps for their political whores, manipulates polling data which affects “their guy” winning or losing. The most obvious results regarding the press: only 6% of the population still trusts the media. Literally, the public trust used-car salesmen more than they trust reporters. As we used to say in the Navy, they’re “lower than whale shit.” Pretty much.
The media manipulation initially provided cover to the corrupt government, but has now backfired;
In politics, most Americans feel they’re on the losing side. Not surprising, since REALPOLITIK has nothing to do with what the people want. The oligarchy- with the massive cover by the MSM- does what it wants, and the peons can go f**k themselves.
There is growing anger and cynicism regarding politicians. It is axiomatic for the public at present, that politicians are lying whores. This means, also, that the MSM can no longer control the narrative. They’ve instead switched to designating a single person as the “bad guy” so that public frustration can be vented at that person for whatever reason. As long as they can gin up some crime or outrage, they could channel the building anger at their chosen target. The target is destroyed, and they move on to the next…
This has been the standard playbook, which I started to become vaguely aware of as I graduated high-school in the 1980’s. So it’s been working for a while- a full generation of people have been born and grew up, believing this is THE WAY things are.
And along comes the 2016 election for POTUS. The MSM- as usual- picked their favorites and their targets, and won’t let anything deter them from the success of their favorite candidates, and the utter destruction of the chosen targets. Except Donald Trump entered the fray. Love him or hate him, nobody can deny that he took the playbook of the MSM and corrupt oligarchical government, and masterfully used it against them. He defeated 17 other candidates in the corrupt GOP, and completely grenaded the GOP/RNC leadership. The “never-Trump” movement is crushed, the neoCons and other parasite groups are reeling from their loss of power, and they’re helplessly flailing in an attempt to restore their former glory. They will fail.
The MSM is now cooking up the most outrageous stories, openly lying to sabotage the Trump campaign. Just a few examples are HERE, HERE, HERE… But you KNOW it’s bad, it’s really bad, when even a liberal rag like the L.A. Times publishes a post from Justin Raimondo, stating “To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity.” You know it had to hurt the collectivist/liberal/socialist editors, to even allow that article to be published… But when the propaganda is so outrageous that you’re threatened with extinction for being a bunch of liars, I guess a little truth is in order…
Killary! Is Desperate
The reality is that Hildebeest Clinton is blatantly guilty of ESPIONAGE and TREASON. Just on the facts we already know, everything that’s public with regard to the classified emails, the hacks and lost sensitive data, the pay-to-play while she worked at the State Department, and she KNOWINGLY armed ISIS.
Top that off with the fact that the DNC actively fixed the primary election so that she was declared the winner, despite the fact that she actually lost to Bernie Sanders. Nobody even bothers to debate this point; it’s common knowledge. There’s no credibility left in the election process, at least where the Democrats are concerned. As one popular meme on Facebook points out, she had to cheat a LOT to beat a 72 year-old commie bum, what makes her think she’ll win against Trump?
The GOP is Desperate
Despite their best efforts to sabotage Trump, he not only won the Republican primary, but crushed the opposition- all 17 other candidates. The vast majority of cuckservatives have now defected, are actively backing Hildebeest. The GOP also has a bunch of insiders actively working with the MSM to bring down Trump; better, from their perspective, that Hildebeest should win, and the gravy train continue on…
The Elites are Desperate
When we look at political systems, we naturally focus on the defining characteristic of economic power over the people. If you control the ability to produce, if you control who gets money, you control who lives and who dies. Such systems have been applied to countries and regions. Globalism is initially socialist in nature, to eventually become communist. But it’s a global, instead of national or regional.
The push for globalism reached its apex with the creation of the European Union. But now the EU is collapsing, they’re completely broke, and the PIIGS countries- Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain broke the entire region. Combine this with a corrupt central banking system (European Central Bank) and the two anchor-countries for the EU economy- France and Germany- being factually bankrupt, and you have an impending disaster of biblical proportions…
Historically, countries start wars with other countries when the financial collapse is about to occur. The logic is quite simple, really; it’s easy to rally the citizens against “the enemy.” And if the bankrupt country wins, they can divide the spoils and the citizens feel proud of their ‘victory.’ If the bankrupt country loses, the leaders will be dead. But if the country goes bankrupt under the leaders’ watch, they’re still dead, so they have nothing to lose…
The elites are pushing for war between the USA and either Russia or China… or both. Because a complete financial collapse means they’re history, and might very well end up getting the Marie Antoinette treatment. The means of starting these wars is through various western organizations which they control 100%. The main organizations are NATO and the World Trade Organization (WTO). These two New World Order organizations are the corner-stones of the globalist plans, and provide the veneer of legitimacy for them.
Trump has plainly stated his desire to get the USA out of NATO and the WTO, thereby threatening to undo decades of work by the globalists. By intimating that the USA can freely leave them, the point is made to the elites that they do NOT own the USA and its people. Such challenges must not stand, from their perspective. They’re actively working to sabotage Trump as well, and in the process exposing themselves. The logical result is that they’ll further erode their remaining legitimacy.
The Economic Collapse Continues
While a lot of survivalists & preppers have been expecting the economic collapse to occur suddenly, like a huge tidal wave that crashes down on us, instead we have something like a sinkhole that continues to grow underneath our homes, with our houses sagging and slowly pulling apart… It’s not happening quickly, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. It most assuredly is, and in only Greece and Venezuela are the signs moving quickly enough that it imparts a sense of drama to the observer.
I’ve spoken at length about the coming economic collapse, WHY it is happening and what you can do to protect yourself, HERE and HERE. Since the fundamentals haven’t changed, I’m not going to rehash. It’s enough to say, if you’ve not read the two pieces, it might be worth your time…
As I’ve shown, there are a whole bunch of facets to our current situation. Simply put, the signs of societal, economic and political decay are everywhere you look. The collapse is occurring, and the only thing .gov can do is maintain- if not increase- their grip on what remains. It’s either full-on police-state, or they lose power and suffer like normal people… (Assuming, of course, they aren’t executed for their treason, theft and general corruption…) The government is using the Free Shit Army (FSA®) to weaken the country so we cannot resist the coming police-state. We’re already in a civil war with the FSA®, the elitists and their MSM whores, and their idiotic, dumb-as-a-fucking-bag-of-hammers liberal/socialist/collectivist useful-idiot enablers.
OK, What Does THAT MEAN???
Basically, ½ the country is holding out their hand expecting the other half to pay for every idiotic utopian idea that pops into their empty little skulls, and they don’t just expect you to pay for it, they demand you pay for it and then thank them for the honor of having your wallet emptied… Oh, yeah, they’re the same people that backed Socialist Bernie Sanders:
If you disagree with that theft, YOU are a racist/homophobe/bigot/anti-Semite/sexist/whatever. YOU are the “bad guy,” for wanting to be left alone. And if you have the means to defend your family and yourself against thieves (like .gov or the FSA®) YOU are the criminal. If you speak out against the criminality of .gov policies or the FSA parasites, YOU are a felon, a criminal.
If you don’t bend over and take it up the pooper for every idiot idea that the collectivists come up with, YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF THE STATE. Forget voting, except to convey the subtle (and as-yet anonymous) message to the elites that you’re NOT happy with what they’re doing. If you disagree with the collectivists, YOU are now their enemy. They have been waging an undeclared war on you for decades; it is now openly waged, though no declaration was ever made. It doesn’t really matter if you think they’re your enemy, they view YOU as the enemy, and will treat you as such.
What’s happening with ISIS- with Islam in general- is an indication of what is coming. The collectivists are attempting to use fundamentalist Islam- which promotes murder and death- to crush western societies, so that they can come in and reform a (somewhat) capitalist society into a socialist/communist society. Of course, they fail to consider that Muslims will kill them, too. The collectivists see Muslims as useful weapons to use against YOU. Remember that- lacking such willful mad-dogs to attack western society- the collectivists would eventually resort to violence themselves, when all other means of persuasion and coercion failed. People that are free to think for themselves with objective data always reject socialism and communism.
“What am I supposed to do, knowing that the government considers me a felon?”
You need to understand that, unless you are 100% in lock-step with the collectivist agenda that the elites are currently pushing, you aren’t just a felon; you’re a direct threat to ‘national security.’ YOU ARE A FELON IF YOU DON’T ASSUME ‘THE POSITION’ …
You can now be considered a “terrorist” or a terrorist sympathizer/supporter, and detained indefinitely. You can be executed by the government with no trial, no due process. All of the pieces are already in place for full-on dictatorship, with completely predictable results. If you want to get an inkling of what those results are, you MUST watch the movie “The Chekist.” An English-subtitled version is on Youtube HERE. You need to get an idea of what you’re dealing with… and short of seeing it first-hand (or being one of the victims) I don’t know of any other way to convey what’s coming.
If the collectivists get their way, YOU will be on receiving end, exactly as depicted in this movie…
So the answer to the first question is, understand that the government doesn’t just consider you a felon; they consider you a threat to be eliminated. If you grok this, you have a chance.
“…what am I to do? In fact, I have done nothing wrong.”
You don’t have to. If you’re suspected of not being onboard the program, that’s enough. Speak out for the Constitution, talk about gun rights, support Donald Trump, talk about parental rights, and guess what, you’re a target, living on borrowed time. And yes, I fully realize I’m on borrowed time as well…
“I have never come close to calling for violence.”
That doesn’t matter. The collectivists- by their nature- are violent, and will bring violence to you, sooner or later. Collectivism can only exist when those who stand against it are systematically killed… As ~130 million dead in the 20th Century demonstrate. They don’t care whether you called for violence; they’re going to bring violence to you. What you say, or think or do at this point, does not matter.
“I “anonymously” comment on the internet that Trump should be the next president and a certain tribe quite clearly holds all positions of power in both the public and private sectors and obviously pushes communism and an anti-white, anti-host-nation agenda.”
NOTHING is “anonymous” on the internet, anymore. Nothing. Every post you make, every email, every website visit, every time you did a google search for the reason your kid has the sniffles, everything you do is recorded and stored.
“So the men in black will kick down my door one night, as I am here with my three children, just trying to be an American father?”
Yes. Sooner or later. Make more ‘anonymous’ comments, impact more people with thought-provoking essays, you move up the priority list… With so much ‘anonymous’ information stored by the NSA, you an easily evade notice for a long time, simply because there’s so much noise in all the data being collected. You post using some key words and/or phrases, you misdial a call and end up calling someone on a watch-list, and they can then pull every bit of data they have on you, and build a case. Oh, and you’ll have no attorney, nor court, nor be able to see what evidence (if any) the government has on you… In other words, we are already Without Rule of Law (WROL). Most people don’t understand this, don’t think it’ll affect them… until, of course, it does, and then it’s too late.
“Even if so, what am I to do about it?”
With regard to guys in black tacti-cool gear busting down your door, remember the old Japanese adage, “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” There WILL come a time when the festivities kick off in earnest. Until that day, stay as low-profile as you can, if not for yourself, then do it for your family.
Other stuff to do…?
Preppers and survivalists tend to focus on “stuff.” Preps like beans, band-aides and bullets. Perfectly understandable, and the “stuff” is all extremely important. But it’s not the most important thing, bud, believe me… Brute physical strength isn’t it, being an “operator” with an AR-15 isn’t it, physical endurance isn’t it, either… You’ll have all kinds of people trying to teach or sell something to you, all of which may (or may not) be important for your survival…
The single most important factor in whether you survive is simply mental toughness. All the gear in the world, all the preps, the guns, whatever, doesn’t matter if you aren’t prepared to do whatever is necessary to survive. If that means you kill thieves or thugs when things really get frisky, than that’s what you do. If it means you have to kill cops or UN troopers to protect your children, then that’s what you do. In a “civil” society, we can debate the niceties of whether you should simply wound a criminal threatening you, versus just shooting him in the head. We are already slowly moving away from that “civil” society, but it’ll speed up, and you’ll know when the pretense of civility is gone. It’s at that point, that you’ll have to shift gears, shift modes. Selco describes it as the switch from “…[a]n average citizen, a law abiding person, and suddenly you are going to be thrown into a (prolonged) situation where you are going be forced to watch and use exceptional levels of violence.” He calls it “survival mode.” Check out the full essay HERE.
“Shit is real. I happen to be unemployed. Laid off 6 months ago, despite my tremendous credentials AND SKILLS (in this clown world). I will get evicted soon. As of now, the government still has fiat dollars to pay judges, lawyers, and sheriff’s deputies, so it will take my landlord only 2 months to get me evicted. And if I don’t move my stuff out voluntarily, the cops WILL arrive at my door with papers and physically throw my stuff out on the curb.”
Yep. I’m in the same boat. We’re going through our own financial SHTF scenario right now, and if something doesn’t hit by Halloween, we’ll lose the house, be out on the street, financially busted. Not something I’m particularly proud of, especially with two children and a baby due to arrive literally any day, now…
Since we’ve both reached our SHTF moment ahead of others, the risk of guys in black tactical gear coming after you for your anonymous posts on the internet, is of secondary concern. You’ve got more immediate shit to deal with, right now.
So, as a guy who’s in the same boat as you, I’m going to speak plainly… As to not knowing what to do in your financial SHTF scenario, I will post some basic ideas:
- Sell any “stuff” you have that you can’t take with you in either a motorhome or camping trailer, but keep your guns, precious metals, practical clothes, and what food you can take with you. FORGET about living in the woods; it takes money, planning and skills, none of which you have in sufficient quantity to have a decent chance. Don’t view an RV as a viable SHTF vehicle; water is the biggest problem, and too heavy to carry with you in sufficient quantities to matter (I know first-hand).
- Eschew luxury items that cost money; stay practical, and save your money for your kids’ entertainment/books/home-schooling materials.
- Stop smoking, if you’re currently a smoker. I quit one month ago. I’m not feeling “better” for it, and still have cravings from time to time, but they’re slowly going away, and I’m not literally watching my money go up in a cloud of smoke…
- Keep one computer- a laptop with wireless, and minimize the other electronic gadgets/gizmos that cost money but don’t help. Keep at least one cell phone (but a cheapie model) with a low-rate plan.
- Keep your resume’ uploaded on your computer, make sure it’s current.
- Use the computer DAILY to access emails from a local Starbucks, to send resumes. Keep the phone handy, and be ready to take phone interviews ANY TIME.
- Search your ASS off for job opportunities. Send at least two resumes EVERY DAY. Don’t limit yourself to your senior-level executive positions, use more generic terms and look at other industries than you’ve been looking at up until now. I have two phone interviews this week because I’m looking outside my “core” industry. It might be a step down (or sideways or back or whatever) for me from what I’m used to, but my kids have to eat.
- If you’ve got a truck or SUV that can tow a trailer, buy a used RV trailer with enough beds for you and your kids. Forget home “ownership,” as nobody owns real property any more, even people who’ve paid off their mortgages. By looking carefully, you can find relatively cheap RV parks to hang your hat. It’s not 100% off the grid where the authorities are concerned (especially if they have some sort of “interest” in you) but it reduces your footprint dramatically. Keep a mailing address at a friends’ house, and you now have a “residence” from which to send resumes and keep hunting for jobs. If you have friends that will allow you to put an RV somewhere on their property, that reduces living costs to essentially food and entertainment.
- An advanced degree is all well and good if you can put it to use, maximizing the earning potential it brings. But if you can’t use it, then take lesser work, wherever you can find it. The first job I took after getting my Bachelor’s degree in economics, was working at a car dealership washing cars… and when I got done with that job, mucking stalls on a horse-ranch. Humbling doesn’t describe it… But it’s what I had to do to eat, 20 years back. If needs be, I’ll do the same kind of thing again, though there are more mouths depending on my getting SOMETHING for cash-flow.
- The government is squeezing kids at school, nowadays, so the idea of keeping your kids in a government school (where they can learn about Johnnie having two daddies, and “transgenderism”) is not such an advantage any more. There are plenty of websites with FREE online and downloadable home-schooling curricula, you have only Google it, to find the resources. They’re all over, so the idea that you have to be under the .gov (or in this case .edu) thumb is demonstrably false.
- Lastly… and MOST important, is that you must develop a strong mental attitude. I’m not necessarily talking about a full-on “survival mode” attitude… but something headed in that direction. You must have the attitude, that you’ll do whatever it takes, to get the job done, to look out for your kids, to make it. It’s not the strongest, or the smartest or richest or prettiest people that consistently come out of storm alive, it’s the bastards that are the toughest, the people that simply won’t quit. When SHTF, it’s a simple fact; you quit, you die. And if you die, there’s a good chance everyone that depends on you will die as well… So DECIDE to keep going no matter what, and then DO IT. Everything else is bullshit.
“I am here to tell you, massive unemployment among white men WITH COLLEGE DEGREES AND EVEN LAW DEGREES is real. There are tens of thousands like me and soon there will be a million. We in Gen X were lied to.”
Yeah, that’s true. My education includes an MBA and a D.Sc. And guess what? Nobody gives a shit, nobody feels any sympathy for you, or me, or anyone else in this situation, and they certainly won’t shed a single tear for your student-loans (or mine). It’s an old story, told many times by a million other Gen-X and Gen-Y types (with their particular proclivity for whining). Nobody fucking cares.
Understand… Advanced degrees offer an advantage only in .gov positions, research or university roles. Other than that, the advanced degrees are only bargaining chips that make you look better than your competitors. So understand what those degrees are really worth now (basically, nothing), and suck it up.
Were you lied to? Maybe. And maybe so was I. But again, nobody gives a shit.
If you can find someone that’ll teach you a new skill like welding, electrical or plumbing work, or something similar, than LEARN a new skill. Practical trades/skills will more easily feed your family, because they’re more easily marketed. Notice I don’t consider being a Starbucks “Barista” as a marketable, skilled job; it’s a pretentious version of a McDonald’s burger-flipper. Learn skills that people NEED, and that people are willing to PAY for.
“I will be moving in with my parents. Add me to the list of Gen Xers doing that. But know also that this is after 17 years of having a successful career and supporting myself (and others) easily for 17 years, until now.”
Quit feeling sorry for yourself, swallow your pride, and do what you have to do. You do not have the luxury of self-pity, not while others depend on you. Fall back, consolidate your resources, and do what you can, with what you have.
The SHTF situation has already happened for you and your family, just as it has for me and mine. We’re now past the time where complaining matters. It’s time to toughen the fuck up.
There’s no other choice.