I keep in touch with a lot of people. Both on the blog, and through direct email. I even write to, and receive paper letters from people, because they know the internet is not secure. They're only comfortable with letters passed through snail mail.
As I have said before, I get a lot of the things I post from other people, who are concerned with the way trends are going but want to keep off the skyline. I appreciate the material they send me and I understand their worries. If I were just getting started in self sufficiency, I'd feel the same way. But it's far too late for me to have those issues now, after 30 years of the life style.
Neither I, nor the people I talk about this with, really know what's coming.
Two things worry me. The conjunction of a series of powerful and catastrophic events going on in the world now, and the utter inability of Western governments to demonstrate any common sense in dealing with them.
Just a sample. While ISIS is building up the most terrifying barbarian horde since the Mongols ravaged half the world, the President of the United States is in Alaska declaring that "climate change" is our most dangerous national security issue. ISIS is strong enough now to control vast swaths of the Middle East, and to threaten military dependents in the continental U.S. ISIS announces plans to "behead them in their own homes." link.
|The Caliphate is growing daily, in numbers, territory and people controlled, armaments. Virtually nothing is being done to stop them.|
Titanic population migrations are taking place all across the globe, and the monumental cultural and practical ramifications of that are neither understood nor a concern of the people making the decisions. I saw a German politician in Hungary today excoriating the Hungarians for trying to defend their borders against this mad rush. The leadership both in the United States and Europe simply doesn't know what this means. When they do, it will be too late. Chaos in European Immigration Invasion link.
The United States is coming apart at the seams largely because of idiotic, uncomprehending "leadership" at the top of the pyramid. People with no expertise to offer except in facile deal making and expediency.
|A black mob attacked a white couple for the crime of being white. No police were forthcoming until after the husband was beaten to death with a claw hammer. The wife survived, if you can call it that.|
I saw a news story today that says since Ferguson and Baltimore, recruiting has dropped catastrophically for police departments throughout the country. Seeing that politicians consider them expendable, and that they are either reviled or ignored by the general populace, veterans are leaving. Apparently this loss of active duty police, coupled with the lack of new recruits caused by the increasingly unalluring perception of the career, means that now all major police departments and many others as well are running at less than 80% of their minimum staffing requirements. One of the police chiefs of a major city who was interviewed expressed the concern that the stress this placed on remaining officers would lead to a further attrition increase. He had honest doubts about the ability of the police to hold the line in some cities, where criminal elements have been emboldened by the knowledge that now they can do as they please and the police will either look the other way or be ineffective. He also pointed out that the lack of male applicants and departure of male officers has lead to a great increase in the number of young, white women into the police force. With the best will in the world, you have to wonder how long they will survive on the streets of a place like Chicago. It also means that the number of police on active duty includes these female rookies, skewing the statistics. Less than 12% of law enforcement officers in the U.S are black, according to this program, and that number is rapidly decreasing as active duty black officers seek employment in different fields while younger blacks have no interest in law enforcement as a career. Crime soars in American Cities amidst policy debate. link.
Slate magazine has an interesting article on the rising unease, and not just among survivalists and preppers. Slate is inimically hostile towards the prepper movement, but ever so often a ray of light manages to shine through their myopic , narrow view of the world.
Slate Magazine - excerpts from the Jason Box interview with Esquire. link
I got out my copy of The Long Emergency, read it for probably the eight time, and again had to acknowledge that the author, James Howard Kunstler, whom I personally detest, was prescient when he wrote the book back in the middle of the decade.
I just ordered the sequel. I'm almost afraid to read it.
If so many people, from so many walks of life, believe that society is right on the edge, might they not be right? The New Scientist published an article in 2008 that essentially said civilizations go through this exact cycle. That they become so complex, so fragile, so shaky that it only takes some major disruptive event to bring an entire society cascading down into ruins. I wonder if they were right. New Scientist: The Collapse of Civilization link.
It may be that this time the juxtaposition of events is going to be more than the system can endure. It's withstood some pretty severe shocks, but the aggregate sum of everything that is going on now is much greater than previous events.
All these negative trends are increasing in scope . I can't think of any problem, from the droughts to racial insanity, that hasn't gotten worse. There's nothing I can point to and say, "but we're getting a handle on this."
It isn't hard to draw a conclusion about the future from that fact.