By: Tom Chatham
The Chinese have made no secret of their discontent with the massive money printing by the U.S. that is threatening to diminish their massive holdings. They are currently on a massive buying spree to get every ounce of gold they can as fast as they can. The U.S. interests are holding down the price of PMs in an effort to fool the average person into believing that everything is just fine. This manipulation is playing right into the hands of China as they continue to buy.
The amount of gold moving from London to the east is creating a drain on vaults in the west and it is only a matter of time before they go empty. When that happens, the price of physical will skyrocket and no amount of paper will be able to stop it. The end of the line for paper gold and silver is getting close. With China buying over 1,000 tons of gold every year for the past few years plus what they mine themselves, their vaults are filling up fast. Once they have a sufficient amount, they will complete the destruction of the Dollar with massive dumping of their U.S. bonds.
China has already signaled the end of the dollar when it recently announced it would start invoicing all of its oil imports in Renminbi. It has also announced it will no longer be adding any more foreign reserves to its holdings. This is an indication that China will begin to build up its own middle class to absorb much of its production just as the U.S. did in the last century. This is a clear signal that the loss of reserve currency status for the U.S. is not far off.
As if to make an even bolder statement, China is working on an agreement with Nicaragua to build a canal that rivals the Panama Canal. China is also talking about operating their own oil futures market that will be priced in Yuan. At least half of the OPEC nations have expressed interest in the endeavor.
As if life were not difficult enough in the U.S. right now, the loss of reserve currency status will hit like a financial tsunami that will push Americans over the edge before they know what hit them. This will cause all of our imports to increase in price until we can no longer afford them. This is a fact that few Americans know or understand. Most like to pretend everything will be fine and keep their head in the sand to stop any negative information from getting through but this crisis is going to run up and bite them in the ass whether they want to know or not. This is why so many will lose everything they have in the coming months. They can ignore reality but they will not be able to ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.
There are going to be rough times ahead and most Americans refuse to admit it and prepare for the worst. There has usually been someone or some thing to step in in the past and cushion the fall for most but this time there will be no one there to stop the pain. The death of the dollar will be one of those times in life that everyone will remember for many years to come.
By: Tom Chatham
The government shutdown may be a good time for states to reestablish the authority they have slowly lost over the years. With the federal government in a dysfunctional stupor, the states have the opportunity to step up and take a leadership role that can undermine the federal authority in a number of areas where states should have complete authority. Not only can they regain their constitutional power but it may be a good time to take it one step further.
With all of the misinformation and shenanigans coming out of D.C. this may be the ideal time for states to look seriously at secession. When the federal government finally runs out of money, it will act like a dieing animal and strike out at anything that it can in a desperate act to keep alive. It will become despotic toward the people and the state
governments in an effort to stay in control.
When the federals cease to send out the checks that everyone depends on, the state and local governments will have to deal with the fallout of all of the unsustainable policies embraced at the federal level. For that reason it would benefit the state governments to ready a plan now for taking charge after the federals collapse.
– Establish a state bank in each state
– Convert all state money to gold and silver coinage
- Prepare to assume control of all federal property in the state
- Prepare to assume control of all federal programs the state wants to keep
- Prepare to declare all federal laws null and void
- Coordinate gold and silver valuations with other states
- Prepare national guard units for any federal pushback
- Insure critical infrastructure will continue to operate
The act of storing coinage now will give the state the ability to continue payments to individuals keeping commerce flowing. By stockpiling gold and silver now and doing a revaluation of goods to 1940 levels after a federal failure, the state should have sufficient funds for operations. That means that all prices will need to be revalued to 1940 levels including gold and silver. Someone making $1,000 a year will be making a living wage and gold and silver will be traded at their constitutionally set values. The undervalued PM prices at this time will enable state governments to leverage their funds and actually have more money in a revaluation allowing them to operate until the new economy stabilizes and tax revenues are reestablished at reasonable levels.
The best tax scheme at this juncture would be a sales tax to provide all revenues for the state. A large percentage would go to the county where collected and a smaller portion would go to the state for operations. The county would be responsible for all of its operating costs and government programs and would be limited to its tax receipts. All other taxes would be repealed. This is the most equitable way to finance government.
With state governments in control, the federal government could eventually be reestablished under state supervision and would only have authority over federal military units and ICE agents to insure a protected border and the authority to mint national coinage for circulation. The federal authority would only have funding through tariffs and customs duties as a source of operating revenue.
This idea is a long shot but is possible if sold to the American people in the proper manner. A great deal of education would have to occur to properly inform the populace but nothing is impossible. If the state governments preempt the federals before they declare an emergency, the states would be in a controlling position. It’s nice to dream but we should not let this crisis go to waste. Any power that can be wrestled from the federals at this time is worth the effort.
By: Tom Chatham
Virus – 1) venom, as of a snake. 2) Any of a group of ultramicroscopic infective agents that cause various diseases, as smallpox; specif., a filterable virus. 3) An evil or harmful influence.
There are many things that a government can be called but a virus is the most accurate. It invades a host. It multiplies uncontrollably and degrades the host as it does so. It weakens the host until eventually the host dies. Then it finds a new host to infect. In the end only one can survive.
If people learn only one thing this year, that should be it. When a virus invades your body you must fight it with everything you have or else succumb to the inevitable. The human race is now in an epic battle with the most destructive virus ever created. A mutation that has occurred and is destructive to the whole. A harmful influence that wants to assume complete control. A destructive force that seeks nothing more than to multiply and destroy. That is the essence of government today.
There is a choice. We have a choice. We can lay down and die a horrible death or destroy the virus that seeks to destroy us. Every virus has a cure. An element that it can not overcome. All we need to do is to identify what that elusive cure is and take a good storng dose and we will be on the road to recovery.
Many have become lethargic and succumbed to the idea that the virus is now a permanent part of their lives. They embrace it and try to adapt to its many mutations and uncomfortable symptoms. They fear the powerful medicine that will destroy it. Some have become so consumed with the virus that they fear destroying it will destroy them as well.
There is some truth to that. Once a virus has surpassed a certain point, there can be no recovery for some people even with the proper medicine. These are the ones that resist the need of the society to apply the medicine and save what can be saved. The infected are content to take the rest of society down with them. As the infection sucks the life out of the host, it becomes less able to defend itself from its’ ultimate demise.
The epidemic we now face is at a tipping point. It will either destroy everyone or some will be strong enough to apply the needed element and destroy the infection. The window for using a cure is rapidly closing. As time goes on, the chance of fewer survivors increases.
Many realize they have been invaded by an invasive and destructive species and seek to correct the problem but are unsure what to do. They want relief from this monster that seeks to destroy them and are willing to take a chance on strong medicine without knowing what effect it will have on them. They are becoming sicker and more desperate as time goes on. The virus is becoming stronger and more destructive.
As of lately, I know of only three things that have any effect on this infection. A good prayer, silver and lead, all applied in appropriate doses at the appropriate times. The only thing people must be careful of is that they do not over medicate and make the situation worse. But at this point, that does not seem possible.
By: Tom Chatham
Prior to 1913 the U.S. treasury issued treasury notes as currency that was backed by gold. The Gold and Silver certificates could be converted into silver and gold on demand. This kept the government on a financial leash to prevent over spending. The treasury printed its own money so they did not have to borrow it. They could print as much money as they had gold to back it.
In 1913 a non-elected body called the Federal Reserve, which is owned by some of the largest banks in the world, became the issuer of U.S. currency. This establishment went on to replace all of the sound money in the U.S. with what is today a totally fiat currency. In 1971 we were taken off of the gold standard thus allowing the FED to print as much money as they wished with absolutely no backing other than the good faith of the U.S. Government.
When the government wants to borrow money they print treasury bonds which are sold by selected traders. The bonds are sold as an interest bearing investment. The more credit worthy the issuer is, the lower the interest rate will be. This is an indication of how safe the bond is.
Just like an IOU, the bonds are the same as cash. The perception of cash value is based on the perceived ability of the issuer to repay the IOU. If it is suspected that the IOU may not be honored, it may be sold at a discount to unload it onto someone else before the issuer defaults on repayment and it becomes worthless.
When the demand for bonds is not sufficient to absorb all of the new bonds, the FED must buy them to prevent a failed auction. A failed auction would bring the credit worthiness of the U.S. into question. This would cause the interest rates to go up to reflect the increased risk.
When the U.S. issues bonds as repayment for the loan, the holders of these bonds have the ability to call the loan if they want. This is done by demanding payment at maturity of the bond rather than rolling it over into more bonds.
As the U.S. increases its’ deficit spending, its’ credit worthiness will come into question. This will cause those holding U.S. bonds to dump them for something more secure. When no one else will buy them anymore, the FED must purchase them to keep the dollar stable. We are seeing this happen now. Eventually the FED will own all of the outstanding bonds if the crisis goes on long enough. When the FED has to buy bonds it must print new money to buy them. This is called monetizing the debt. This is very inflationary.
Keep in mind that the FED is owned by other banks. What the FED owns, they actually own.
Since the U.S. government no longer prints its’ own money, it must go to the FED to get more currency if government revenues are insufficient. If the FED should one day say it will no longer issue currency to the government until the bonds it is holding are satisfied, what would the U.S. government be able to pay them with? If you borrow money from a bank and cannot repay it, they ultimately come for your assets to satisfy the loan. That is a lesson the Greeks are now learning.
The U.S. government has some very nice assets in the form of pristine real estate, much of it with a great deal of mineral wealth beneath it. If they cannot pay the banks, the bankers may demand assets in return. If you don’t think the banks would do something like that, you obviously have not been paying attention to world events lately. It may not even be the FED bankers. It could be anyone with the funds to buy up all of the worthless bonds. Someone like the IMF perhaps.
This is a larger version of what happened during the great depression. People that owned land but had no money would get a line of credit at a store to buy food. The store would continue to extend credit until it reached a certain level then they would suddenly demand payment. The people were unable to pay their bill so the store owner would demand their land as payment. This was the intention of the store owner all along. I know because this is how some of the largest farms in my county came into existence at that time.
The people never agreed to use their land as collateral for the credit, but after the debt was created, they had no other recourse. This is the position the U.S. will likely be placed in to deprive Americans of the land the rightfully own. Those in power that get a piece of the pie will willingly support this option. Americans will lose the land their forefathers fought for, all for a pile of worthless paper printed out of thin air that ultimately destroyed their standard of living.
This may not be the future of this country but at this point in time it seems likely. Unless the public understands how this could happen and resolve to fight it if it ever does come to pass, we could lose it all overnight. One thing is for certain. Whoever comes to foreclose on America will not be willing to give up easily.
By: Tom Chatham
It has been surmised and reported for years by some in the know that detention camps will be used to contain dissidents during and after a collapse scenario. It has also been widely reported by many that some enforcement personnel may not show up to work during a breakdown, in order to stay home and protect their own families. It seems logical that a percentage of enforcement and possibly military personnel would do this. This is the conundrum the government will find itself in if a collapse does happen.
You can be sure they have already run the numbers and know this will cause them many problems. They already know that a percentage of the people they will rely on to carry out their plans will reject the illegal actions that will certainly occur at the hands of government sociopaths that will be giving the orders. They know that a percentage of the military will reject confiscation of weapons and detention of patriotic Americans.
The government would be hard pressed to control the nation even if every government employee did as told. There are just not enough enforcers compared to citizens. Outside forces may be brought in to help but if a percentage of government employee’s desert with the knowledge and training they have, it would be devastating to government operations. So, what to do?
It is a good bet that dissenters of the state and those with things the state wants will be rounded up and detained for an indefinite time. Many may be eliminated at some point. Even so, this roundup will not solve all of the states problems with control of the populace and its’ own people.
One simple way to enforce the governments will among the enforcement community would be to control the enforcers’ families. Under the pretext of moving the government employees’ families out of harms way, the government could move them into some of the internment camps for “safety reasons”. Under the pretext of keeping them safe while the government employees do their job, the government would then have the leverage it needs to force compliance of the government workers. They would have to do as told or their families would be deemed potential enemies and be subjected to who knows what.
There are many that would defy the government even at the risk of their lives but when it is the lives of their family it is a different story. This is the tool used by totalitarian governments throughout history to insure compliance. It would be the only way to keep many of the military and civilian workers in line as the government brutality escalated.
This is only a possibility but given the governments actions over the past few years it is a likely scenario and government personnel should take heed. Once this family evacuation happens, it will then be too late to stop it without risking their lives. This is one scenario I don’t believe enforcement personnel in this country have prepared for or will contemplate until it happens.
Unless government personnel have a plan to deal with this when chaos starts, they may be locked into a scenario they cannot escape. Once in it will be all or nothing. This will leave them in a situation of force compliance to the bitter end. Just as the Nazis forced compliance to the end, so will the American government. We all know how that ended and we do not want to repeat it.
Unfortunately we are now on a spiral to disaster and if we are not able to stop it many will pay the price. This threat to family members may be the reason many top ranking government officials have left their jobs in recent years and moved their families into self sufficient enclaves with other former government employees. Those that know are not saying at least not directly given the war this administration is currently engaged in with whistleblowers. When taken in this light, the events we are now witness to make much more sense.
Those that place their faith in the government are making a deal with the devil and the details will become painfully evident when it all finally unfolds. All government employees out there need to consider the possibility of this and decide now what is most important to them. There will be no second chances to get it right.
By: Tom Chatham
More and more we are hearing the word sustainable being thrown around. The economy, the job market, the environment, agriculture, water, energy and a host of other necessities are coming under pressure from some unseen force.
It is easy to be successful in times of plenty but what happens when the plenty starts to run out? Why is there plenty one day and shortages the next?
When something is used it must be replaced before someone else can use it or benefit from it. That is something most people don’t think about and don’t care about. They expect it to be here as long as they need it and don’t want any excuses why it is all gone. This is the mentality many people have been brought up to believe in.
When you use something faster than you can replace it you end up with shortages. If you are lucky, the market forces will adjust and increase the output to provide everyone with what they want. This is the system we have grown up with, and it is beginning to fail.
Resources that are increasingly hard to find or extract are running head on into an increasing population that wants more of everything. There are limits to everything and we are just beginning to realize it in a very painful way. And don’t worry. If you have not felt the pain yet, you will because things are going to get tighter until people adjust the way they live.
For most people, their standard of living depends on services and products produced by others. When resources are misallocated in the economy, it can cause shortages in many connected areas. If money is directed into the financial sector instead of the manufacturing sector, eventually you will have lots of excess financial products but a shortage of real goods. The financial sector may make some people rich but that is done at the expense of everyone else. You end up with a few people with piles of money but less and less to spend it on. As this continues, access to real goods becomes harder as resources dry up and people are displaced in the sector that produces real goods. More people with less money to spend results in fewer jobs and less access to products while others have excess to spend and cause excessive waste of available resources.
The whole economic scheme we are using will ultimately cause resource depletion and scarcity. More people chasing fewer goods usually ends in war. The element that has caused a lot of the problems is the use of fiat money. It can be increased faster than resources can be produced and bears no relation to actual availability of resources.
Those that rely on unproductive jobs that produce no useful products ultimately consume more than they should. Until the actual production of individuals begins to achieve a balance with the available resources, there will continue to be a decrease in the standard of living. It will decline until people become more productive while consuming less.
There is too much excess currency in society which causes too much excess waste. If you do not understand, just go to craigslist or ebay and look at all of the things for sale. This is excess stuff that these people really did not need to begin with. You can even find people giving away stuff just to get rid of it. A person with free time and transportation could furnish a house in a few weeks time with just the free stuff available. This is the massive misallocation of wealth we suffer from. We have used our future resources today and the time is approaching when we must balance that out.
When you look at what you have, can you say you have actually been that productive in life or have you just been fortunate to have a high paying job? When all of the excess currency in society implodes and people can no longer buy to excess, they will be forced to live within their means once again and the amount of actual production they are capable of will determine what their standard of living will be. This is one of the ways that dwindling resources will be rebalanced with needs.
For a person that lives a self sufficient life, it just seems natural that what they have is in direct proportion to what they can produce. They must labor for any excess and that in itself prevents resource depletion in many ways. When you have to raise your own food you are more cautious with what you have and strive to reduce waste to a minimum. When you have to labor to produce excess to trade for other items, you are limited by how productive you really are. Your productive capability defines your standard of living as it should be and it is something you cannot escape from.
Those who’s labor is defined by sitting behind a desk and shuffling paperwork every day live by a distorted standard where their annual pay is in many cases several times that of those that actually produce goods. This distorted standard allows for excessive use of resources that must be produced by others. In the end someone will have to do without the resources they have actually worked for. This is the situation we are now headed for as a culture.
The current allocation of resources is not sustainable due to gross malfeasance and misallocation in the financial sector and the culture that has evolved around it. When this paradigm ends it will shock many and cause chaos as people try to rebalance society and reallocate resources. For those that have prospered in the world of paper assets, it would be wise to reallocate some of those assets into real assets that provide real production to insure you can maintain a reasonable standard of living in the future. Nothing in life is free. Everything has a price and at some point you will have to pay the bill for all you have used in life. For many, that bill will be much more than they are capable of ever paying.
By: Tom Chatham
With the advent and continuing growth of the police state it might seem reasonable to many that “they” know who potential resisters are and are prepared to round up any dissenters and put them some place safe when it’s appropriate but we also know who they are. It is impossible to implement a control grid without letting the “little people” know who’s in charge. Have you noticed over the years that police increasingly now wear masks when conducting raids and resemble the terrorists we see on TV.
It’s as if they want to hide who they are so no one will know who it is that is taking away your rights. For those that are fooled by the masks here’s a clue, they still wear a uniform. That is one thing they cannot hide. That is also one thing that makes it so dangerous for the dwindling few that are still honest law enforcement officers. When things start to go wrong, everyone with a uniform will be painted with the same brush. There will be nowhere to hide.
The same can be said for homeland security and all the rest. These agencies have distinctive uniforms so everyone will know at a glance that they are in charge. No longer is it necessary to look for a black hat to find the villain, just look at the uniform they wear and that will tell you what side they are on. This has apparently not occurred to the controllers or else they don’t think it matters. That may change.
Since Barrack Obama was first elected president the left wing extremists have come out of the woodwork like a cockroach convention letting out. They have made it known in a very vocal way who they are and what they really stand for. Do they think this has not been noticed or will be forgotten anytime soon? Everyone now knows who all of the extremist, American hating, constitution burning radicals are in this country. That makes it very easy to identify them when things start to breakdown.
Members of congress are now bold enough to say aloud that they are socialists and communists and do so with a sense of pride. They are so emboldened by the advances to their agenda over the last few years they make no attempt to hide it. Many Americans may have a short memory but the one’s who really care about this country will remember. These government officials have marked themselves and there will be a day of reckoning.
The feeling that the new agenda has succeeded and there is no stopping it has caused these people to overplay their hand. In strutting about they have exposed themselves and painted a potential target on their backs that will not go away. By showing themselves to be “in charge” they offer a public that is slowly growing dissatisfied with current conditions a visible place to direct their anger. The controllers will try to divert this anger toward the gun owners, patriots and Christians in this nation when the time comes but that may not work. Too many people now know what is happening and who is to blame and that cannot be changed.
While citizens may be the target of repression, the enforcers will also be exposing themselves and their families to reprisals that they cannot hide from. This is the main reason that ultimately, gun confiscation will be necessary to the controllers. They know they are in a bad position but have made it worse by showing who they are. All of the armored vehicles and bullet proof booths in the world are not going to be enough to keep these people safe when their repression reaches a boiling point.
Every new law and every new action by these government entities will be necessary to show who is in charge and each one of these actions will also foment a rising resistance that will cover this country with a dark cloud that will eventually turn into a rainstorm of biblical proportions. You cannot repress a population without showing yourself and thus leaving yourself open to reprisals. That is a lesson that the cockroach convention will have to learn the hard way. That is the double edged sword all dictators have to deal with.
By: Tom Chatham
The modern day survival movement grew out of the cold war era of the 60s when nuclear war was seen as the ultimate nightmare scenario that humanity had to protect itself from. That evolved in the 70s when a host of other threats were realized. For over 40 years Americans have sought to protect themselves from nuclear war, asteroids, earth changes, solar flares, economic collapse, civil breakdown and a long list of other crises.
Those that prepared in the 70s were sure doom was only a short time away. Every year they continued to prepare and expected the event at any time. Forty years later we are edging ever closer to doom but it still has not happened yet. This is not to say the doomsayers were necessarily wrong, they just misjudged the timing and failed to realize that some of the things they imagined were controlled by human actions that are somewhat unpredictable.
One of the things survivalists have prepared for is an economic breakdown along with all of the connected systems. If a system breaks and living conditions take a sudden and catastrophic dive it becomes evident to even the ones in a media induced coma.
When a break from normality happens suddenly it can cause chaos and riots as people realize they have been sold an illusion. When a breakdown comes slowly over the years, people have time to adjust to this new reality and learn to accept it. This is the boiling frog syndrome where a sudden shock to your system will evoke a response but a slow, steady change will not be perceived as danger until it is too late.
The breakdown of our economic system is a mathematical certainty. Many realized it in the 70s but they failed to realize how long government machinations could stretch it out. The government has known for years the day would come when the system would break and has pursued a boiling frog strategy to prevent a violent reaction from the population.
We are nearing the end of this system but it is in the governments’ best interest to keep it going a bit longer. The closer they can get the population to poverty and misery while the system still appears to work, the less of a violent reaction there will be when it ceases. When people finally find themselves broke and miserable, the majority will accept it as the new normal because they will be acclimated to it.
If you were to look at life today and compare it to the same day in years past, you would probably see a great deal of difference and the negative impacts the changes have had on your life. If you had went from that days reality years ago to today’s reality in only a few days time it would have been brutally obvious something bad had happened to you and this would have spurred you into action. Those that have been awake and those now awakening see this.
Because the masses have been lulled into their new reality it is hoped they will readily accept it when the system breaks. That is why as close as we are to disaster, they will continue the slow decay of society a while longer because it is to their advantage to have the masses accept the new reality and avoid violence. By the time the masses realize what has happened it will be too late to get out of the boiling pot and that is the way the government wants it.
By: Tom Chatham – Author of The American Dream Lost
The western world as we know it will not last much longer in its’ present form. The architects of this collapse will extract as much of the wealth as they can before they finally pull the plug and watch as the nations tear themselves apart from within. Make no mistake, this is a designed collapse and has been planned for decades. Keep in mind that real wealth is made up of hard assets like precious metals, land, production equipment, mineral resources and businesses that produce a physical product. These are the assets that the engineers will take possession of just prior to the total collapse of the affected nations. These are the things that will have value after the collapse and those that have possession of them will make the rules for whatever type of society we find ourselves in.
There are certain sign posts on the road to collapse that act as warnings to those receptive to the signs. These signs can help those attempting to navigate the times to prepare for the final stages when they will be in the greatest danger. Countries go through some stages faster than others or even skip some stages so the signs must be observed to estimate where you are in the countdown to chaos. The signs to watch are the following.
Capital Controls and Nationalization of Retirement Accounts
Chaos and Social Breakdown
When a country’s economy begins to falter, the government will attempt to deflect blame and divert attention with other things. As the government appropriates the last of the nations’ wealth and the final destruction of the currency is in sight, many times they will go to war to hide these facts. When inflation begins to enrage in the population the government will invoke price controls to appease the mob, but this will ultimately cause shortages and set the stage for the chaos that follows. Those that believed in the government will be caught unprepared and will be easy to manipulate by those in charge and will be used in many ways.
Gun control is not present on this list due to the fact that most countries already have gun control in effect at this time. While gun control can be activated at any time by the government of collapsing countries, it will almost certainly happen prior to chaos due to the governments need to control the chaos with force.
The U.S. may be a special case though due to the fact that gun ownership is tightly woven into the very fabric of the nation. This will no doubt give the engineers a harder time of planning a reaction to the planned chaos. The U.S. government has several scenarios on paper to deal with the chaos as it plays out. They may provide a false flag attack according to one DHS insider, in a major city such as D.C. which will be blamed on patriots, constitutionalists and Christians in order to garner government support from the population to go after these types of individuals. This is designed to create a civil war that will give the government cover to commit crimes against citizens and eliminate their enemies. This is only one scenario but seems likely given the current climate in this country. The engineers will try to eliminate weapons for fear they will become targets by those who know what is happening but in all likelihood this will fail.
The engineers expect the crisis to end in their favor in some form of tyranny that they control but even the best laid plans never survive the first battle intact. This means they will have contingency plans to deal with the changing tides of chaos as citizens react to government operations. Those that see the signs and prepare for troubling times should have their own contingency plans to deal with changing situations on the ground where they live. The next ten years will be very fluid and you need to be adaptable to survive with your family and resources in tact.
The fate of the nation will lie in many things such as who controls the farmland and water resources in the country. These things are mainly found in the rural areas where government resistance will be the greatest. These are things that must be controlled by the government to insure control of the country and its’ population. Those who control the food, water and energy will have a great deal of power.
As stated in a previous article, we may be facing not one war but three to fight inside this country, a revolution against the government, a civil war against government supporters and a war against foreign troops at some point. It is not out of the realm of possibility that the government will bring in mercenaries from abroad if they seem to be loosing ground to the citizens. More information on the governments’ plans can be found in a recent article at Northeast Intelligence Network concerning a DHS insider. Those that plan on some type of armed resistance should insure they ration their resources to enable them to get to the end of the crisis. The fate of nations often times rests on the shoulders of a chosen few willing to do the hard things to insure a future worthy of those who have died to keep the torch lit.
By: Tom Chatham – Author of Rebuilding The Republic
It is critical to realize when a system is about to fail so you can take the necessary immediate steps to limit the effects of the failure on you. In a cascading series of failures it is important to think and act proactively to stay ahead of the curve. How the failures occur in your immediate area and what form they take will be to a large degree determined by the type of people there. Those with no preparations or resources to fall back on will likely react in a frightened and violent way. Some that cannot handle the reality when their comfort zone is breached will go into a state of depression, denial or shock and will complicate the situation for others and will become the helpless victims of those that will take advantage of the situation.
In a cascading series of failures, the first hard jolt will leave many reeling from the sudden and unexpected nature of the situation. Many of these people will not understand that this is only the first of many situations that will build upon one another causing more damage as the failures continue. Those that understand what is happening and maintain some situational awareness can position themselves to mitigate these failures and take preemptive measures prior to each occurrence.
Situational awareness is a key to staying ahead of each failure. Just as you know that when a snow storm is approaching you may lose power, you must learn to read the subtle signs in society to determine what is happening at any given moment. When you hear that there is a failure of the grain harvests around the world, you know that will increase the prices of many products made from grain. You know that livestock fed with grain will be more expensive and so will the meat. If there is a strike overseas in the primary cocoa producing regions of the world it will mean higher cocoa and chocolate prices. If there is a war in the Middle East that may cut off oil shipments in that part of the world, you know that may mean higher gas prices or inability to get any at times if it is severe. If the government enacts import restrictions on certain products, it may mean those things will become scarce or unobtainable in the marketplace.
These are the types of things that you need to concern yourself with to stay ahead of the failures. The ability to predict cause and effect will enable you to be prepared for these jolts to society and allow you to ride out the disruptions. For every action there is an opposite but equal reaction. One of the things you need to stay aware of are the actions within government. These are the most immediate and possibly dangerous things to your future and being able to determine how government actions will affect you will determine your actions in response.
If you hear the government is about to set up checkpoints to limit travel between areas, and you have a safe location you are planning to go to if things deteriorate, that may be the only warning you get to leave and go to your safe location. If you wait you may not be allowed to leave later. The warning signs before each situation may be subtle and short lived. There may be multiple signs indicating several things are about to happen simultaneously. You need to prepare for this and be prepared to multitask and do it quickly.
This is the reason to have several well thought out plans to draw on. Most likely you will have to draw from each plan as the situations develop and construct a new overall plan as you react to situations on the ground. This is where prior planning pays off by allowing you to quickly organize a new plan even while on the move.
When you set down to draw up a plan to deal with several different scenarios, it would be beneficial to include a few plans that deal with radical and unconventional situations to provide you with options if you are confronted with a situation outside of your normal sphere of thinking. In a developing situation it is critical to be prepared for anything. A plan can help overcome a lack of resources when something unusual happens.
When things start to fall apart on a national or global scale, they can get out of control very quickly. When that happens, you don’t want to be in the wrong place surrounded by the wrong people. If that should happen, you want to have a plan to deal with it. When systems begin to fail a few at a time over a long period, it is easy to become complacent and ignore the signs telling you what to do. It is your job to understand those signs and be prepared to react to them.
If you want to exercise this skill, all you need to do is start reading more and keeping up with current events. Pay attention to these events and watch what effects they have that affect you. This is the best way to learn situational awareness, and soon you will hear of something happening in the world and immediately think about what it will cause and what you should do to limit its’ effects on you. Those that wait for direction from government or media sources will not have the time necessary to react and protect their resources. Insuring that you stay ahead of any event is up to you. God gave you a brain for a reason. It’s up to you to use it.