Shortages: Where Do We Go From Here?
By: Tom Chatham
In the past few months we have been visited by some very startling shortages in unlikely things. Just a few years ago who would have suspected that ammo in this country would become so constricted that even law enforcement agencies would have trouble getting any. And just recently we have seen precious metals get squeezed. Even while spot prices were dropping, individuals and dealers alike found the supply drying up and prices remaining high.
Even though the spot prices were low the free market did what it does best, supply and demand forced prices to remain at real market levels. This is something the manipulators of the economy cannot change. The free market will always get its’ way in the end. The supply of commodities will always be priced by the free market and no amount of price controls or manipulation will change that for long. This is the lesson everyone needs to learn before the next set of shortages occur in the economy.
What should we expect next? Just keep in mind supply and demand. Those things that people want or need will continue to be in demand and those things that are luxuries will fall by the wayside. As things get tighter people will cut back until only the basics remain. When this point is reached any further shortages in society will turn into a national crisis.
Those that have destroyed our economy know they cannot continue the charade for much longer. The market manipulation is giving way to the free market and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. The free market will take control at some point and begin the unpleasant task of rebalancing the years of mal-investment we have sowed. I use the term free market in the sense of being a force of nature that we cannot control.
When that happens, all of the wealth we have pulled from the future and squandered will be gone and we will enter a vacuum for some period of time. As we move into this vacuum the shortages will get worse and more numerous. I believe we have now entered the edge of that vacuum and we are seeing the shortages begin.
The things we must have will continue to become harder to find and more expensive to buy. It will slowly get worse until one day everything almost comes to a complete halt. That is when we will be faced with another major world war. Preparing for economic collapse is a good start but you should also plan on the scourge of war to play its’ part.
The following are the things likely to become expensive and hard to find in the coming months. Some of the items may appear in a different order but we will likely experience all of them. The shortages in these things will likely appear as the recent shortages in ammo and PMs have. They will sneak up on society and suddenly appear from seemingly nowhere. Once they occur they may fluctuate for a while but they will not get better any time soon they will just slowly get worse.
The shortages to come:
Ammo and weapons
Security – both individual and national
Freedom of movement
Freedom of speech
Petroleum products like rubber and lubricants
Medical supplies and pharmaceuticals
When the shortages get to the point of bringing the nation to a halt there will not be anything anyone can do to make it substantially better on a national scale. The only thing you can do as an individual is to be prepared to care for yourself and your family. The financial crisis will ultimately destroy the dollar but the shortages will precede the crash as people head for hard assets and reduced supply will drive prices up.
Some shortages such as water and electricity will be a result of government regulations and failure of infrastructure. While some things such as food and liquid fuels will still be produced, a large percentage of these products will be exported as foreign nations out bid us for our own resources. Some items such as imported textiles will be cut off as we lose the ability to pay for them and no longer have the ability to produce them ourselves.
When all is said and done we will be living in third world conditions and the only way out as a nation will be for us to do as our ancestors did and fix it ourselves by rebuilding the republic from scratch. It will be harder this time because there are forces that will be working against us at every turn but we are capable of it if we choose to do so. Those that are prepared for the shortages will be the ones in the best position to rebuild and will become the next generation of leaders, but that is the happy version. The other version is one that can be found in your worst nightmares.