Emergency preparedness is how I grew up because it’s the nature of where I lived. I think it’s fantastic. Note: This isn’t meant as trash talk. You guys seem to have done a decent job of not walking out into the fringe for clicks. However, I’m going to note a few things here. Try not to take this the wrong way. I think some of this goes down a road where the answer is far deeper than “prepping” because in these cases all that does is buy a bit of time for the individual. The actual solutions require FAR larger efforts than individual disaster preparedness. They require an educated society to intelligently assess and then coherently respond to them. Currently we lack that and it has implications for the “prepping” world. Here’s the thing about some of this stuff, such as a total breakdown of institutions or a “post-capitalism” economy; prepping won’t save you. You cannot learn enough or stockpile enough to cover for this kind of thing as an individual or even a town. This literally requires countries full of people working together to deal with. These are the reasons we have countries in the first place. For example: The simple fact is that the concept of a “universal basic income” is a joke and a bad one. It’s been tried, albeit with other names, and it causes hyperinflation, mass poverty and death. A UBI literally cannot work because there is no value behind the money. Money isn’t magic, it’s a representation of something else and if that “something else” isn’t there then the money has no value and eventually people figure this out. Fiat money with no productive value behind it eventually crashes. Ask Argentina, the Wiemar Republic or Zimbabwe etc etc etc. I mean, why do you think Zimbabwe had a $100 Trillion note? Why did they eventually entirely abandon their own currency? Because of ideas like this which all come back to the same basic foundation: fiat currency with no work-value behind them. And no, gold won’t save you from this kind of magical thinking either. Only a majority of people ceasing to think this way will save us from such things. Otherwise you end up like I did in Africa, with a guy offering me a full crate of Russian made RPG-7 launchers and a case of the RPGs if I could get him… a few bags of rice. The difference is that we’re the ones begging for the rice. Second example: A total breakdown of institutions is similar insofar as “prepping”. In that regard your “preps” should be focused on surviving long enough to GTFO and having an exit strategy. Past that survival is essentially luck. A “breakdown of institutions” is just another way of saying “fall of society”. That’s not something you’re going to “bug-out” from to a cabin in the woods or develop the skills to “make it through”. You’re not going to “suburban garden” an existence here. If we’re talking about this then the debate is about what to do if the country turns into Syria and there’s essentially a singular answer to that for most people: leave. The alternative is to die sooner rather than later. It’s really that simple for 99% of people. To be clear: We’re not actually discussing “institutional gridlock” or “institutional incompetence” at this point. We’re code-talking “total fall of society due to what amounts to a civil war”. It may start cold but it will go hot. That’s essentially guaranteed. This is the kind of thing were you should be thinking about how to get to and bribe border guards, or convince another country that you’re worth granting a visa to, not plant crops in your yard or do land-nav without a GPS. Both of these things are, IMHO, pointless to prep for because you basically can’t. Prepping for these kind of things is preparation for avoidance of the scenario, which is to day educating yourself and others to avoid allowing them to happen at all because if they do happen you can’t really deal with them. Is that possible? I dunno, but it’s not like we’re really trying at this point.