By: Tom Chatham
Many people feel WWIII is looming closer. For those in North America the next world war is well under way but it will not be exactly what they had planned on. The mass of humanity crossing the southern U.S. border is nothing less than a Third World war being waged on the first world countries of America and Canada.
This is all part of the planned North American Union that will be forced on the citizens of those countries. Prosperous citizens have the means to protect their rights but impoverished citizens can only beg for government assistance or flee to some other place.
The elimination of the southern U.S. border has allowed many thousands of illegal aliens from all over South and Central America to come here in hopes of a better life. The influx will continue and increase substantially before it stops. To eliminate any resistance to a North American Union, America and Canada will be destroyed economically and socially to make subjugation easier.
With too many poor to care for, government services will break down and stop. The nation will be destroyed economically and socially to the point of no longer functioning. An outside institution such as the UN with outside backing will come in to stabilize the situation and take control. Once they are here they will never leave. Any rights you now have will be redefined by this group according to their standards.
Citizens of Canada should take notice of what is happening to their south because it will eventually happen there too. Third world dictators will continue to send their poor north to eliminate discourse among their people and make it someone elses problem.
It has been decided that instead of raising the living standards of the poor to the south, the living standards of those to the north will be lowered. It will continue until the masses beg for government to ease their suffering. They will willingly give up all of their rights for the promise of relief. They will get little relief and only more misery as time goes on.
The collusion between the government, the bankers, the drug cartels, government agencies and international interests are combining to deliver a lethal blow to the freedoms and prosperity we now take for granted. These groups want America to be completely destroyed for their own nefarious purposes. They have a plan and it is now unfolding before us.
Just like in the movie Force Ten From Navarone, where the enemy has discovered they intend to blow up the bridge so they reinforce it, but the men change their plan and they decide to blow up the dam above the bridge and let the water undermine the structure of the bridge and destroy it. This is the type of war we are now fighting. The enemy will do things to undermine our structure without directly attacking it in order to do us in.
This is the third world war that will destroy America. When the money changers have absolute control of their new North American Union they will finally have the utopia they have sought for themselves. The utopia the masses were expecting will never come. This will educate the masses to what socialism really is but they will learn this lesson too late to do anything about it.
Another war will tear the Middle East apart probably with nuclear weapons but by then Americans will be too preoccupied with daily survival to care. It is all in the cards and this will likely come to pass. The invading armies that many Americans fear will one day come are here now. Many of the soldiers are smaller and younger than expected but that will change with time. It will only take a few years for these potential soldiers to grow into adults that will be recruited to help subjugate the continent. Some of the first wave are already trained and financed by the drug cartels. Gangs working with the drug cartels and the government are even now being pre-positioned for future operations against Americans. MS-13 and other gang members will be on one side with DHS on the other and helpless Americans caught in the middle of this pincer move.
For those preparing to survive what may come in the future, this is truly a nightmare scenario and that is exactly how it will unfold. The fighting that will likely take place on this continent in the near future will be bloody and those that survive it will be hard pressed to retain their humanity. The illegals are flooding in, the UN is pre-positioning equipment and DHS has armed all of its agencies to the teeth. Once enough illegals have arrived and been dispersed around the country all that is needed to begin the next phase is a trigger event. The diseases that these illegals carry may be just such an event.
The reasoning for all of the current scandals is simple. The best way to take down the enemy is to overwhelm him and prevent any meaningful defense from him. Middle class Americans are the new enemy. This is what is happening in America right now. We are being overwhelmed with one crisis after another to prevent Americans from forming any type of defense against the transformation taking place in this country that will destroy the social structure we depend on to insure prosperity and stability.
Only if enough Americans realize the nature of what is happening and form a basic defensive strategy will they be able to defend themselves against what is to come. It will be impossible to fight every battle in every location and expect to win. Only when we pick a piece of ground and decide to defend it at all costs will we have any chance of success. That is to say we must decide what battle is the most important and put everything into that to have any hope of victory. Its time to pick our ground and circle the wagons and prepare to defend it to the end. Victory belongs to the most committed.
By: Tom Chatham
It is becoming harder every day to keep up with rising prices in a declining economy. This type of situation is often referred to as stagflation. Your income stagnates while prices rise making life ever more difficult. In the situation many Americans now find themselves in, they will need to develop a business of their own to replace the ones that are now disappearing at an alarming rate. The best businesses to be in in the future are those that provide a basic necessity to the population.
For those with a small plot of land that need to support themselves, it becomes necessary to maximize the income from that land. Many people make good money from produce which can be grown intensively in many cases but unless you live in southern latitudes you can only grow most things for part of the year. While produce is a sure money maker in most cases it cannot be stored for very long making it difficult to provide income on a regular basis throughout the year.
Growing things such as grain is one way to insure you can store a product for sale the year through but unprocessed grain does not provide very high profits on a small scale. An acre of corn will only provide you with several hundred dollars gross per acre so a large field is required to make any reasonable profit. But, what if you could make thousands of dollars per acre instead of hundreds? This would make the small plot you have more viable as an income source.
A bushel of corn sells for about $6 depending on the season and available stocks. That same bushel of corn when ground into cornmeal will generate around $36 on a retail level. The ability to grind your own grains for resale provides you with the opportunity to maximize profits on your small acreage. It is easy to find a produce stand in rural areas but how many sell value added products like cornmeal or flour? This can provide you with a product that few others have and if you have sufficient acreage, you can produce enough to sell throughout the year.
With small scale grain raising, you have the ability to grow heritage plants in an organic way. Many people now seek organic feeds for their livestock making organic grains a growing business. You will not make the maximum profit per bushel selling as feed but if you have sufficient land, it can increase your profits immensely. Another product you can provide at the same time are seeds. Having the ability to produce seeds for sale can reap huge profits if your selling base is large enough. A bushel of heritage corn can sell for as much as $1,200 when broken down into small packets for home gardens.
Value added products are not limited to grains. If you have a sizable woodlot, a small portable mill can provide you with lumber to sell. With a flock of chickens you can sell eggs for a few dollars a dozen or you can hatch them out and get a few dollars per chick. Those that can raise and process meat can increase their profits considerably over the sale of live animals. Making cheese or ice cream from excess milk adds a lot of value to dairy products. Making products such as sorghum syrup, rolled oats or honey are products that are not made by everyone that sells produce so you will have the ability to draw people to your business for these specialty items.
In the search for better profits from your small plot, it is necessary to develop a customer base that you can depend on for repeat sales. Repeat customers are the basis of any profitable business regardless of the product. Having a business location where your customers can come to view your products and fulfill their needs is the very best way to build a small business that can provide income during difficult times. Your ability to control your products from harvest to sale will allow you to remain competitive in the marketplace and reap the maximum profit from your products.
Using available resources to their maximum potential is the way Americans built this country up from the wilderness they found. Making a product to sell is the only way to produce real wealth. The act of producing value added goods requires knowledge and equipment. By analyzing your potential and that of your land you will be able to determine what you are capable of and what equipment you will need to build up your business. By making up a list of what you need to do you will be able to plan out a strategy that may take a few years to realize but can provide you with the ability to be productive and stay ahead of a declining business environment where basic necessities will always be in demand.
By: Tom Chatham
Much is now being made of the recent immigrant influx that carries many different problems. It will put even more pressure on the social net that many now depend on due to a declining economy. The addition of tens of thousands of new people that need government services will no doubt cause a decrease in services to those already getting it.
About 48 million Americans now need food stamps just to have enough to eat. Additional mouths to feed will no doubt put more strain on the food supply that is now rising in price due to money printing, drought, crop failures and livestock diseases that have decimated herds and led to multi-decade lows in supply.
The rapidly changing demographics are having local effects. In Fairfax County, Va. The kindergarten classes now have a 40% enrollment of children that need English assistance. This has lead to children with lower test scores as they attempt to overcome the handicap of coming from another culture. The teachers report many of these children must be taught things that were previously taken as a given such as understanding pronunciations of similar words and even how to zip up a jacket because they never owned one before.
The most serious effects of this new unchecked immigration is now causing medical professionals to raise alarms due to the medical condition of these children. Many of them are coming to the U.S. from very poor and unsanitary conditions that have been a breeding ground for diseases that have been all but eradicated in the U.S. for many years. Because these diseases are rare here many in the population are at risk of contracting these diseases causing additional strain on our rapidly becoming dysfunctional healthcare system.
Some of the diseases either identified or suspected in these immigrants are scabies, swine flu, herpes, drug resistant TB, chicken pox, MRSA, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever and Ebola. Some of these diseases have a 90% mortality rate. Some of the immigrants coming across the border have been identified as coming from West Africa where an Ebola outbreak is now present in seven countries. Border Patrol agents are now being infected with some of these diseases and now require treatment.
Most alarming is the fact that these immigrants are being processed only in a basic way and are being put on public transportation within 72 hours of arrival and being sent to destinations across America putting anyone that comes in contact with them at risk. This unchecked immigration has the potential of causing outbreaks across the country of several different diseases at once. This would truly be a worst case scenario especially in the case of diseases that have no cures.
A scenario discussed several years ago involved an avian flu outbreak. One individual traveling by air has the ability to pass disease to others who then pass it on affecting thousands in a mater of days.
In a pandemic, transportation systems will eventually be shut down to prevent spreading the disease further but this will likely come too late to do much good. As people become sick and stop going to work the distribution system nationwide will slow and eventually stop as truckers are unable to deliver loads. Public gatherings would be canceled and many people that are not affected will go into self imposed quarantine to stay healthy.
Stores would close due to sickness and lack of products that are no longer being transported. This would cause problems among the population especially with regard to food. Since many people do not store more than a few days worth of food, they would become desperate adding to the problems in society. Even those that need to go to work would soon find it difficult to get there because many gas stations would likely close or run out of fuel. In a worst case scenario society would come to a complete halt.
The problem with any type of pandemic is that unlike a hurricane, it will not come and go quickly. It will likely be with us for one to two years before it dies out. In the meantime, there will likely be cases of the disease in various places at any given time. Even if you are stocked up sufficiently, how long would you be able to avoid contact with others in society? How long would you be able to stay home from work? How would you continue to pay bills? These are questions you need to ask now while you make preparations.
Another stress point is the fact that burial for the surge of dead would be difficult to deal with. The just in time delivery system also applies to caskets and grave markers. During the 1918 pandemic there were waiting lists for funerals because there were not enough caskets.
With globalization, a pandemic anywhere will be everywhere very quickly. This would shut down global trade just like it would shut down national trade. It would likely usher in a global depression.
In discussing the problems that would have to be dealt with one of the things that came up was the fact that nobody knew how we would get the economy restarted once it shut down.
Those that are fortunate enough to avoid the disease will still be susceptible to it and even if a cure is created, it could be years before it has run its course through the population. Because of this it is prudent for individuals to be prepared to shelter in place for days or weeks and that means you must have the necessary supplies already on hand before something like this hits. The warning sirens have sounded, so the next move is up to you.
By: Tom Chatham
The U.S. dollar is the world reserve currency, for now. That means everybody that trades in major commodities around the world needs dollars in hand to purchase what they want. In the 1970’s Saudi Arabia agreed to sell oil in dollars only and the petrodollar was born. As a major oil producer this forced everyone else to price their oil in dollars. Everyone needs energy to grow their economy so this created a huge demand for dollars around the world to pay for this oil.
As the economies of the world grew the demand on the dollar grew. The U.S. found itself in a position that allowed it to merely print money to pay for anything it needed around the world. America became wealthy by becoming the greatest manufacturing center in the world but as our manufacturing declined it was replaced with the ability to produce dollars for world consumption. This gave Americans the greatest prosperity the world has ever seen. That is beginning to change with the bilateral agreements now taking place around the world.
Many of the countries around the world have become disenchanted with the dollar over the last decade due to the Feds massive creation of dollars flooding the world. This creation of dollars has devalued the dollars already in circulation and the dollar is no longer seen as a good store of value.
The bilateral agreements being orchestrated now will eventually unseat the dollar as a needed mechanism of world trade and when that happens everyone will dump the dollars they are now holding. Every fiat dollar is a claim on real goods. When these dollars are liquidated from overseas vaults, they will be converted into hard assets. It is estimated that about 80% of all existing dollars are held outside the U.S. When this liquidation takes place all of these dollars will eventually go back to where they came from, meaning the U.S.
All of these dollars were created far in excess of any real goods to back them in the U.S. As these dollars are sent home they will be converted into hard assets from the U.S. This will turn the U.S into a giant garage sale as dollar holders attempt to get whatever assets they can before inflation eats up their purchasing power. The people in the U.S will find themselves bidding against foreigners with about four times as much money and the goods will go to the highest bidder.
When this happens the price of goods will skyrocket putting basic necessities out of reach for most Americans. This is the nightmare hyperinflation that many fear will come in the waning days of the dollar. If this happens America will be stripped of anything of value and many fear the government will simply turn over public lands for these fiat debt instruments created by the private Federal Reserve System.
A day of reckoning is coming for the citizens of the U.S. and it will be pandemonium as everyone tries to grab and hold on to anything they can to preserve their wealth and property. The day the buck finally stops in the U.S. will truly be the end of the line for most Americans.
By: Tom Chatham
When you look at the chaos and destruction going on in the Mid-East today you are looking at the future of America. This is not by mistake or incompetence but by design.
After WWI the British and French created new countries out of the area in the Mid-East and in doing so created future states that would be unstable and ultimately fail to have national cohesion. The unnatural boundaries of these states thrust together people of different beliefs and set the stage for generations of turmoil.
When you look at the things going on in America today it is easy to see the similarities with this plan. To the south, our borders are open and a mass of humanity is flooding in and changing the demographics of the southwest. Further to the north our northern states are being flooded with Muslim refugees and changing the demographics there. At the same time, patriotic Americans are being demonized by the government and along with Christians and veterans are being pushed toward civil war by Government actions.
When you consider the Mid-East and look at the U.S it becomes easy to see the plan unfolding to create chaos here and prevent Americans from uniting against the forces that want to prepare us for subjugation.
Why would anyone want to create a failed state? It became the conclusion of the British elite many years ago that a a failed state was the easiest to control. With the internal population always warring against one another, outside forces could do as they please in the country with little hindrance from a disunited population.
With the U.S. overrun with people from other countries that do not share the same values as Americans and instead practice their own beliefs and continue to speak their own language, it is only a matter of time before America becomes chaotic and infighting begins. This will give cover to others to subjugate and control America that would not be possible by any other means.
Unchecked immigration is the only way to dilute the American demographics enough to cause fighting among diverse groups and make subjugation easier. There has always been animosity among some groups in America but not enough to start a war as most Americans could see that would destroy the good life they were leading. Many Americans know the government is trying to instigate civil war in this country but cannot understand why. Now you see the reasons in a different light and may understand a little better what is happening now.
A united America is the only thing holding back the subjugation of this nation and it is being undermined with many types of subversion that will tear the fabric of this nation and send it on its way to chaos. Everywhere you look, various groups are being pitted against one another, whites against blacks, blacks against Hispanics, liberals against conservatives, Christians against Muslims, homosexuals against heterosexuals, gun owners against gun controllers and cops against citizens just to name a few. It is all orchestrated to bring about one thing, a dysfunctional country that is easy to handle. Its hard to unite and fight the government and bankers when you are busy fighting your neighbors every day.
Many understand the global ponzi scheme of fiat currencies will collapse soon thrusting most people back onto their own resources. During this collapse, global interests cannot risk the potential of citizens to come together under nationalism and work for their own best interests. Citizens must be divided and fighting one another to insure the globalists can sweep in and take total control of populations and resources. A united America with lots of weapons will make this plan impossible. Hence the need for gun control and division.
This is the plan now unfolding in America and the more people that realize it the more control we will retain as things become chaotic. If these groups would understand how they are being used it would be easier to prevent open hostilities that would benefit a select group in the future and ultimately destroy the nation we now know. With the masses under the influence of mainstream media, it is a good bet that many will fall into this globalist trap. The only thing we can do now is prepare for the worst.
By: Tom Chatham
No matter where you live, energy plays a major role in your life. Practically everything we do from the time we wake up in the morning to the time we close our eyes at night depends on energy of some sort. It is this dependency on energy for our everyday needs that makes us prone to great loss when those supplies are cut off for some reason.
Those in the off grid community know how important energy is. Locally produced energy enables individuals to become more secure and not take energy supplies for granted. Under normal circumstances, most people get their energy from the national distribution system. It may be gasoline, diesel, electric or gas. Due to the complex nature of the distribution system, it is all to possible to lose this supply for some duration when disaster strikes.
Solar, wind, hydroelectric, thermoelectric and power generators enable persons to utilize electrical devices anywhere. Wood provides the ability to cook and heat. Bio diesel, alcohol and producer gas units enable you to power internal combustion engines from local energy supplies.
One of the favorite energy systems of remote homes is propane. It enables those with little supply of electricity to cook, heat, refrigerate foods, heat water and even produce light. One of the advantages of gas appliances is the fact that some types of disasters that can permanently damage some systems, will not affect their operation.
It does not matter if energy supplies are cut off due to a national strike, natural disaster, economic collapse, enemy attack or solar event. The effects are the same. When it happens you are limited to the energy supplies you have on hand until the event stabilizes and the distribution system is working again. Depending on the event, it may be weeks months or even years before this is fixed.
Some events can even cause the permanent destruction of electrical appliances and equipment making gas appliances that much more valuable. These low probability/high impact events will likely have little effect on gas appliances which is a good reason to utilize this type of system. The problem then is how to provide the energy to run these appliances in a long term situation.
The nature of gas appliances provides a flexible solution. Bio gas is relatively easy to produce from many different sources. On some dairy farms today, cow manure is used to fuel generators to reduce the cost of operations. While small homesteads will not be able to produce that much bio energy, they do have the ability to produce small amounts to power critical equipment like stoves and refrigeration.
Bio gas units are relatively easy to build from local supplies. By utilizing livestock manure, you can provide a suitable alternative to the refined gas you normally buy. This can enable you to avoid the loss of necessary appliances during an event an can save you money in normal times that can be used for other necessities.
When manure breaks down, it releases methane. Left in the open this potential fuel is lost to the atmosphere. When manure is placed in a container the released gas can be drawn off and stored for future use. For those that have livestock, this can be a good energy supply that only costs you a little time. This can allow you to have functional appliances even during the worst types of events when energy supplies may be cut off for long periods. For those that have gas appliances, it is good to know you can produce your own energy supplies to avoid the hardship that would follow the loss of those units. The following links will help get you started with this line of knowledge.
By: Tom Chatham
Private property rights are the cornerstone of a free republic. People are only free when everyone is equal under the law. When a small group of people subvert the laws that make everyone equal and place themselves above the law, it is only a matter of time before freedom becomes forced servitude.
The actions by the U.S. government are giving the tell tale signs of complete destruction of liberty and the institution of what can only be called slavery of the masses. Those at the top are engaged in the transformation of the nation into a feudal society where a few are very rich and the rest are subjected to poverty and earning a meager existence at best.
In a wealthy nation like the U.S., the transformation to a feudal society requires the government to destroy or take all wealth away from those that have it. They must impoverish everyone by taking their land, their money, their personal belongings and anything else that constitutes wealth that they can use. This is especially true of equipment that can provide basic goods required by the populace and the ability to produce income.
Much of the wealth will be destroyed due to economic reasons that cause property to be repossessed by creditors. This has been made possible by the credit schemes devised by banking institutions to create debts that cannot be paid back by borrowers. The underwater mortgage loans that many now have are evidence of this.
Some of the wealth will be lost as economic conditions deteriorate and individuals are forced to sell their belongings to continue their current lifestyle or simply survive. As their possessions are sold off and the money is spent on needed goods with ever increasing prices, these people will slowly become impoverished until they are forced to rely on government handouts for survival.
Those that have been conscious of the debt based system we live in have stayed out of debt by living within their means, own their possessions free and clear and likely have savings to fall back on during desperate times. These people will be the target of government policies to impoverish them by any means. This will include massive price inflation, civil forfeiture laws and new taxes meant to overwhelm property owners. Everything you own will be targeted for confiscation and destruction. The government must destroy the ability of people to be independent of the government and remain free.
These people are the greatest threat to a tyrannical government. That is why they will ultimately be targeted to take what they have by force. The executive orders now on the books give the government the authority to take everything you have under emergency decree. Once these few individuals are the only one’s left with any substantial wealth, the government will move to take their property and complete the transformation.
The government moves in small steps to further their agenda and prevent any mass outrage by the population. The moves by the EPA and FDA to reduce or limit your rights on your own property slowly train you to not question the government and prevent self sufficiency. The governments edicts that lay claim to everything you have including your food and labor are a clear indication of their end goal. The governments statements that they have the right to kill Americans is self evident. The moves to regulate and eventually deny private gun ownership is the prelude to their final solution. A defenseless and impoverished population is powerless to prevent government abuses.
When this happens it will be up to each person to decide how they will react and what they are prepared to do to protect their rightful property. Some may decide to convert some or all of their wealth into commodities such as precious metals for easy transport and concealment. Some may decide to move to another place, out of the reach of the government. Some may elect to fight the government in a direct confrontation to defend their property. Some may elect to hide in a remote area and stay clear of the government until things change for the better. Some may elect to literally bury their wealth or important equipment to prevent confiscation by government personnel.
Regardless what your plan is you must decide now what you are willing to do and what actions you need to take now to preserve your property under the circumstances we will likely face in the future when government operatives come for your wealth. Once the nation is relegated to poverty and defenseless, and the government controls all forms of wealth and natural resources, it will no longer be possible for the people to build a decent future for their family. It is for these reasons that wealth and property must be protected from government confiscation to insure the people have the ability to maintain a reasonable standard of living and a certain amount of freedom. In the end, the loss of private property rights will mean the loss of freedom and prosperity.
By: Tom Chatham
There has been much talk the past few years of a possible EMP/CME that would cause a mass die off in society. There are those that rebuff the idea that a technological society like ours would simply die from something as simple as lack of power. In many cases these are the same people in society that expect the government to come to their rescue if something does happen. The idea of dieing from a lack of basic necessities is so far outside of their comfort zone that these people refuse to think about it or acknowledge it could happen.
These people like to think that simply losing power or technology is a temporary thing that someone will fix in short order and life will return to normal. They believe they will just survive as our ancestors did a hundred or so years ago and life will go on with few bumps until technology is restored. This type of thinking is shortsighted and naive at best, and here is why.
There are a few words that many people need to understand in order to wrap their mind around this threat. Those words are available resources, skills and infrastructure.
When technology fails society is suddenly limited to the resources it needs that are already produced and on hand for immediate use. If water suddenly stops being purified and pumped through the lines, you are limited to what you now have in the lines or storage tanks. Gas stations are limited to the fuel they have in storage tanks. Stores are limited to the food and clothing they have on hand. The failure of technology will stop water from being replaced, sewage from being removed, refrigeration from keeping foods edible, light from illuminating dark areas that must be traversed, elevators from getting people to upper floors, gas and electric for heating and cooking, water for fighting fires, communications for calling for help and medical devices to keep people alive.
The reason everything will stop is because of another word to remember, infrastructure. Without infrastructure nothing gets done, even on a simple basis. You cannot cook food without some type of infrastructure to produce heat, you cannot store food without some type of storage to keep it cold or some type of container to keep it protected from rodents and the environment. You cannot process or store food without equipment to cut, grind, dry, smoke, can or root cellar it. You cannot harvest, plant or grow food without some type of equipment to do those jobs.
The original definition of an acre was the amount of ground a farmer could plow in a full day. Farmers now plant hundreds of acres a day to keep Americans fed. With no modern equipment, how many acres can a farmer plant even if he had a trained team of horses and the equipment to pull behind them? Let us not forget that 2 percent of the population now grows the food for the whole country. How much would they now be able to produce even if they had the necessary equipment to do it manually? Let us also not forget that farmers need to buy their seed every year to plant. Very few individuals raise heritage seeds that they can plant every year from their own production. Where would these seeds now come from? Farmers also need lots of fertilizer to make these plants grow, where would that fertilizer come from? Many farms need irrigation to grow plants, so where would the power come from to pump that water? The age old practice of utilizing animal manure to fertilize fields only works if the farmer has livestock to produce that manure. Once harvested, how will that food now get transported to distant markets? How will farmers know where to send it without communications? A telegraph system is simple but must be built before it can be used.
Many people think that if technology fails we will simply live as past generations have but they conveniently neglect the fact that regardless of what systems you use you must have the infrastructure to provide for that system. If you go from mail to telegraphs or from analog to digital technology the problems are the same, you must have the infrastructure in place to switch to first. It is true we know how to build the older technology but where will the resources come from to actually build it? Remember, once technology fails you are somewhat limited to what you have on hand to work with.
If we had to return to 1880’s living, how many people have a team of horses, a wagon to hook them to, a butter churn, a grain mill, cheese making supplies, candles, oil lamps, matches, wood cook stoves, blacksmith supplies, hand pumps or dug wells? People were able to live back then because they had the infrastructure to do so. This is what many people do not understand. How hard would it be for us to go back to vacuum tube technology now without the infrastructure to support it, even if we do know how to build it?
In 1776 America, about 40% of men worked their own farm. Another 30% worked as laborers on farms. About 20% owned large commercial farms or plantations. The remaining 10% or so who were professional businessmen frequently owned modest farms where they might raise a cow, some chickens and have a garden to provide for the home table. Even those town people that had no farm usually had a cow, some chickens and a kitchen garden for home use. To go back to this model would be difficult if not impossible for many reasons only one of which is the fact that city dwellers have no room for gardens or the infrastructure to maintain cows and chickens on the large scale that would be needed.
The other thing that many people ignore are the skills required to live in a different system. Most people cannot simply plant seeds and suddenly become a great gardener. They do not know how to make cheese or how to improvise cheese making supplies from items now in the home. They do not know how to make soap or candles or something as simple as toilet paper. A roll of paper seems simple in design but how many know how to process wood pulp or other fibers to make paper? It does not matter if you are making ten thousand rolls in a factory or one roll at home, you need the skills and infrastructure to do it.
Skills come in many forms but the skills that society depends on the most are the craftsmen and engineers that design and build the technology we depend on. Without their knowledge, it would be difficult to replace the technology we now use. How many people know how to rebuild and maintain the phone system we now use? How many people know how to build and repair refrigeration units or make electric motors? How many people know how to refine oil into gasoline and diesel and make plastics and all the other things from petroleum?
In a long term grid down situation where society breaks down, many people would die and those that hold the keys to our technology would be among them. The longer the duration of disruption, the less likely it would be that those who could rebuild the systems would be able to do so. It is a situation where society’s capabilities decrease as time goes on.
Many people talk of hunting and fishing to fulfill their dietary needs but if even ten percent of the nation decides to do the same due to necessity, how long will the game and fish last before it is all gone? Even if you have some food and seeds to plant, it will take time to grow new supplies. In the days following an event, those that are not prepared will seek out supplies from those that have them, including those that have gardens. It is for this reason that it will be difficult to grow replacement supplies for the first one or two years following an event in most places. This would necessitate those that have supplies be able to support themselves and their families until new crops could be produced. The less prepared the population is the longer your initial supplies will need to last.
Once you take into account these things it becomes evident that it would not be easy to revert to an earlier type of system without major disruptions. It is for these reasons that it becomes necessary for the population in general to have the necessary resources to tide them over until infrastructure and skills can adjust to the new reality people find themselves in.
During the cold war the government maintained three years worth of grain in reserve to feed the population until agriculture could recover after a major attack. Today the government keeps little in the way of food for the entire nation. If something happens they depend on resources coming from unaffected areas of the country to help. In a nationwide disaster, there may not be any help to send. This is the reason individuals need to keep the necessary resources on hand to tide them over until the system can be stabilized in some way and some technology can come back on line.
Unfortunately in a worse case disaster, this would only buy some of the population a little time. If the technology we depend on is offline for longer than the resources that are available to the population last, then a mass die-off would ,occur. It is important to remember that only 2% of the nation farms today. Without the modern systems to farm large tracts of land, it would be impossible for any small percentage of the population to feed the whole nation utilizing older, manual techniques. The population would decrease until technology was sufficient to support the population. This would hold true for other parts of the system such as clothing production and healthcare as well.
Because of the high impact this scenario would have on the population, that is the reason people need to resolve to store supplies and resources to care for themselves in the unlikely event this happens. The possession of basic food supplies, medicines, toiletries, energy supplies and alternative transportation and communication systems can provide society the room it needs to extract itself from the worst of the situation. The lack of preparedness will only insure a higher casualty rate and more destruction of surviving infrastructure in the aftermath of an event. The lower the preparedness level of society, the less likely society will be able to survive and rebuild itself.
By: Tom Chatham
Many people have heard of the underground economy and some even use it today to some extent. It encompasses those that work off the books to earn money. It makes it possible for some that earn a little money to keep most of it by not reporting it and having to pay taxes on it. It is not much money that they save in taxes but to those that earn it, it makes a lot of difference in their lives. It is their way to survive in a system that is stacked against them.
With the economy becoming worse every month for the producers in society, a new system will need to take over when the current one becomes untenable. Those that see the writing on the wall need to take the steps now to prepare for this change so they are not forced to utilize the state run system that will follow. As bad as it is now, when the economy fails, the government will move to control all commodities and transactions. This will be the mark of the beast system many now talk about. No one will be able to sell or buy without the government knowing what you are doing.
This is the next stage of the government control grid that will tighten the reigns of power even more in the elites favor. With total control of everything sold, the government will be able to deny resources to selected groups or individuals that do not comply with government rules. This will be the mechanism to subdue the population and force compliance of the masses for the enrichment of the leadership.
You will not be able to buy more than your delegated share of goods. You will not be able to stockpile extra resources. You will not be able to buy restricted products that can be used against the government. You will not be able to save any substantial amount of money for later use. You will not be able to shop around for the best prices as the government will set the prices you will pay for everything. You will be totally controlled by the government according to their desires.
The only way to avoid this outcome is to have the ability to buy and sell outside of government control. This means you will need to be a part of the underground economy or black market as some call it. This ability to buy and sell outside of government scrutiny will enable you to retain some of your freedoms. This is one of the weapons needed to fight a tyrannical government and win.
The ability to buy goods and services outside the normal channels allows you to negotiate the price you are willing to pay and to find the products you want to buy. It allows you to get the things you want, even if it is government controlled or restricted. It is the free market at its most basic level.
To have an underground economy there are four things that are necessary to insure it functions properly.
Producer- This is the person who produces the product or service that the market place requires. This person can sell directly to buyers in the local economy but often requires someone else to sell in distant markets.
Middleman- This is the person who brings products and buyers together. He buys from the producer and transports the products to distant markets to complete the sale of goods.
Buyer- This is the end user of the goods and services. The buyer dictates what the demand is in the market.
Medium of exchange- This is the payment method used in commerce. A robust market requires a payment system that is agreeable to all parties.
The producer is the person that creates goods from raw materials and creates usable items that are in demand. This can be anything from food to tools and furniture to weapons. The producer has the skills needed to make things that others cannot. The middleman is necessary when products must be transported to distant markets that producers do not have the time or means to reach on their own. The buyer dictates what products or services are wanted in the marketplace. They are the end user and establish demand.
The medium of exchange can be anything agreed upon by the market place. It can be paper, rocks or metals. The most used medium over the ages has been gold and silver. They are easy to carry and are easily recognized. These metals are scarce and cannot be produced out of thin air as other things can. This gives them the stable properties that make a good medium of exchange.
It has been said that gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of the rich and barter is the money of the poor. Today you might say that gold is the money of the rich, silver is the money of the producers and barter is the money of the poor. Gold is expensive and difficult to use except in large transactions. Silver is less expensive and more available to most people. It is silver that holds the most promise for future trade in the underground economy.
The utilization of silver to transact business allows the buyers and sellers in society to control commerce and the distribution of wealth rather than the government. The possession of gold, silver, products or skills are the hard currencies that allow society to prosper. These hard currencies prevent the mis-allocation of wealth and resources that occur when a government entity has the power to print a substitute that can be exchanged for real wealth. The ability to print and control this substitute allows government to control commerce and the business system and the population with it.
The ability to leave this substitute system which is fraught with corruption allows society to prosper at a rate set by society and not the government. In the future it will be necessary for anyone that wishes to retain any freedom to utilize the underground economy to maintain a reasonable standard of living not controlled by the government. This must be accomplished by the cooperation of individuals in society that understand the need for this kind of system.
With the steady corrosion of value in the dollar today, it is imperative for groups to form and set the standards for the underground economy of the future that they will depend on to survive outside the confines of government. There are many barter groups around the country and this is a good start but more needs to be done in the short term to coordinate the system.
There is a need to determine what skills and products are available and what the price in silver will be. A standard price/value scale needs to be determined to act as a universal starting point for commerce in the underground economy when full implementation occurs. The pay rate for labor, the cost of farm products, the value of wood and timber products etc…, all need to be discussed now while there is time to coordinate this system nationwide with various groups.
A good starting point is 100 years ago when gold and silver were the primary mediums prior to the FED taking control of the system. Back then a good annual income was about $600 a year. An acre of land sold for about one silver dollar. Eggs could be had for around 20 cents a dozen and butter 25 cents a pound.
This starting point is just that, a starting point. Some products will command a higher price in some areas and labor will be higher in some markets. The free market will adjust these local rates once the system is under way. Those that desire to operate in this type of free market need to know now where the products and skills can be located and everyone that is able needs to begin the process of storing the necessary silver to trade in this system. Those that lack the funds to store silver will need to insure they possess skills to trade or have the means to produce a product to sell.
One benefit of accumulating silver at this time is the fact that it is under priced relative to past value. Six hundred silver dollars is equal to a years pay in 1900 but can be purchased for about ten thousand dollars at this time. Those that see this type of system as necessary in the future have the opportunity to save for future purchases at a discount now.
When the current system fails and the government attempts to gain even more control over the population with a new system, those that wish to continue operating in the free market need to have the mechanism to do so. It is likely the government will outlaw any system that they do not have complete control over. The ability of the bankers to force the population to use their money at the value they set will leave many in a desperate situation they cannot escape and find difficult to survive in. An underground economy utilizing silver as the primary medium of exchange will give many the means to live outside the government system and continue living as free men rather than slaves to the system.
By: Tom Chatham
It hurts to think it. It hurts to say it. But there it is. We have passed the point of no return as a nation and only something drastic and destructive will change things. The nation continues to be bled to death by a social class that not only consumes more than they produce but also more than others produce as well. The massive misallocation of wealth by these people is like a parasite sucking its host dry.
This class of people is incapable and unwilling to be educated on the destruction they are causing. They are blind to the fact that the free ride must end sometime. Their only understanding of economics is the amount of the check they receive every month.
The entitlement class does not care that they are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. And just to be clear, the entitlement class exists at both ends of the spectrum. The very poor and the very rich are equally guilty. The financial pressure felt by our economy, and the middle class producers, is causing it to shrink. As business owners get squeezed they lay off employees to cope with tighter budgets. These actions reduce the tax base that provides the core of entitlement spending. As these people demand more, they are reducing the profits of the business class and reducing spendable income among the working class. At some point this will end as the economy seizes up and stalls.
Only after this happens will the purge of the entitlement class begin. Those that have nothing to offer the economy will wither and die as the resources they need are cut off. It will be loud. It will be messy. It will be bloody. But it must happen at some point in order to purge the system of all of the fat that has built up over the years and caused the lifeblood of the nation to stop flowing.
It is not only an economic war these people wage on this nation but a moral one as well. The excesses these people feel a right to is a result of a deeper rooted problem. They lack the moral underpinnings that have been the foundation of this nation for four hundred years. The intolerance and obscene lifestyle they live has resulted in the destruction of a nation that was created from scratch by godly people to become the world leader and most prosperous in history.
The moral values embedded in this nation were the bedrock that maintained a stable family life and provided the seeds of greatness. These seeds have been slowly poisoned over the years and now the bitter fruits of entitlement are all we are left with. If this nation is to survive and prosper once again it first must be cleansed of the essence of evil that has invaded it at every level.
There are those that reflect on bible prophecy and note the apparent absence of America in the last days according to prophecy. This may be by design and it may be for our benefit when the world is turned upside down. In any WWIII scenario where America is still a major power, it is unlikely we would not be involved in the fighting and not be spared total destruction from nuclear weapons in an all out war. The lingering effects of radioactive contamination would be devastating for years to come. It would make survival and rebuilding difficult if not impossible for the few survivors. If America were embroiled in an internal struggle when WWIII gets under way, it would likely preclude any serious involvement by America and save America from any serious long term destruction from nuclear weapons. We would be a mere backwater and sideshow to the larger conflagration going on in the world.
The festering scabs that entail modern society must be removed before the healing can begin. According to a prophecy by George Washington, America will be invaded and destroyed in what he termed the third great peril. There would be a great struggle against superior forces and eventually victory and peace would return to America after the intervention of heaven. No town, village or city will remain standing in the wake of this conflict. This will be the great cleansing of America in the future if prophecy is correct.
According to the fourth turning, things will get continuously worse until they peak around 2020. As such, Americans should plan for a lengthy period of destruction and deprivation lasting from about 2014 until about 2025. This is the time horizon for short term survival.
It is bound to happen at some point and we should be asking not if it should happen but what we can each do to stay out of the way and insure we are in a position after it happens to help rebuild a rational and sustainable nation again. Things such as our moral underpinnings and work ethic need to be reevaluated. The way we educate our children and conduct business needs to revert to proven systems that in the past helped build a strong nation. The ability to hold a stable medium of exchange that cannot be compromised by a chosen few must be restored. The rational use of our natural resources that provides a sustainable future needs to be explored.
The west line has moved to China and that means the epic growth America once experienced is gone and will never return to previous levels. We must now learn to live with a smaller more sane business model. Just as the nations before us lost the advantage as the west line passed them by, we too must now learn a new social dynamic to survive and prosper in the future. The only alternative is to be permanently impoverished and suffer from our shortcomings as a nation. This would insure the domination and manipulation by outside forces that would treat us as another third world nation to be mined of all resources.
Many times when a building is demolished, the best parts are salvaged to be used again in the new structure. The best parts of America need to be salvaged and used to rebuild a nation the people can once again be proud of. The removal of the sick, lame, lazy and corrupt is at hand and it will not be pretty. It is the normal course of nature to destroy and rebuild over time and our time has come. How we end up after this coming world disaster will depend entirely on us. It cannot be stopped, only dealt with at this point. Are you prepared for that?