Sunday, June 01, 2008

Vision #4 Continued

It is still possible for individuals and families to react. What can you do to survive the impending crisis? Here is an outline of a five-point plan:

1. RETURN TO THE LAND. Build homesteads that are from 7 to 10 acres in size. Take extension courses in animal husbandry and other farming subjects. Read as much as you can about how agriculture was done in the last century. Plant orchards, build greenhouses and start gardening. Learn how to preserve your crops. Raise livestock that are easy and economical -- chickens, pigs, rabbits.

2. DEVELOP AND RELY ON ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES. Use solar and wind power for your electricity needs. Become totally energy independent.

3. USE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION. It is not enough to buy a hybrid or alternative fuel source vehicle. Bicycles will become your most common form of transport. a horse and wagon will be used for chores around the homestead and for traveling longer distances than a bicycle is practical for or to carry objects that you can't on a bike.

4. RELEARN THE OLD WAYS. Learn to make soap and candles like your great-grandmother did. Preserve fruits, vegetables and meats. Learn herbal medicine and start collecting herbs that will become part of your medicine cabinet. Relearn your psychic gifts that you have always had but have forgotten about. Take courses in emergency medicine, especially minor surgical techniques. Obtain medical instruments and supplies so you can practice what you have learned.

5. PREPARE TO DEFEND YOURSELF. Obtain and learn how to use firearms. Stockpile ammunition. Learn personal self-defense techniques. Join your local sheriff or police reserves. Set up points of defense and drill all the members of your family on what to do should you need to react to an attack on your homestead.

If your homestead is near a major population center, you will have to respond to attempts by people who will be unprepared for the impending crisis and who will come to take what you have. This planning is not for a possible future event, it is to prepare for a crisis that will be upon us all too soon.

Vision #4 Continued

High fuel prices and increasing shortages will inevitably lead to increased lawlessness when formerly law abiding people are unable to heat their homes or drive their cars. Just as drive-aways at gas stations have already increased, hijackings of tank trucks will begin to occur. A gasoline black market will emerge which will result in an increase in other crimes against people and property. Local and state law enforcement authorities will be taxed to their limits and they will stop responding to "victimless crimes." Drug abuse will skyrocket and a vicious spiral of increased crime will ensue.

Public hospital, many of which are already unable to adequately meet demands, will find it impossible to keep up with increased patient loads. Private hospitals will soon follow. There will be a shortage of many drugs and other critical medical supplies. Doctors and nurses, taxed to their physical limits, will start making tragic medical errors. It will be a common perception that "Hospitals are where you go to die."

Rioting will lead to looting of grocery stores and there regional food shortages will become nationwide. Jobless men and women will find work with private "security" companies which will eventually become militias in a futile attempt to maintain order. These quasi-military organizations will soon become more and more acceptable and powerful. A vigilante justice system will handle more crimes than the local and state courts. State and federal military law enforcement will more and more begin turning a blind eye to the militias because they will provide a semblance of law and order. However, citizens outraged at the ensuing loss of constitutional freedoms will rebel and civil unrest that started as rioting will transform into virtual civil war.

As I wrote in my last post, this scenario cannot be prevented. It is too late for that and frankly, since it was the federal government's own policies and actions that contributed to the environment that leads to this outcome, I doubt any of the powers-that-be know how to avert it even if they wanted to.

The next post will discuss what people can do to avoid the worst of the impending crisis.