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May 152013
 
Prepping Economics Part 2 :  Domestic Reasons Why the Dollar Will Fail

This is the second of our six part series about prepping economics.  An index listing the other sections is at the bottom of this article, and if you’ve arrived here directly by following a link, you might want to consider starting at the first article and then reading your way through the articles in sequence. Domestic Impacts of Dollar Problems We considered some international vulnerabilities that could impact on our domestic economy in the first […]

May 152013
 
Prepping Economics Part 3 :  Why Bartering Is Not A Useful Way of Trading

This is the third of our six part series about prepping economics.  An index listing the other sections is at the bottom of this article, and if you’ve arrived here directly by following a link, you might want to consider starting at the beginning and then working your way through the articles in sequence. Most preppers will agree with the first two parts in this series, where we look at how present forms of money […]

May 152013
 
Prepping Economics Part 4 :  The Unavoidable Need for Money

This is the fourth of our six part series about prepping economics.  An index listing the other sections is at the bottom of this article, and if you’ve arrived here directly by following a link, you might want to consider starting at the beginning and then working your way through the articles in sequence. So far in this series, we have discussed how US currency is unlikely to be accepted in commerce during a Level […]

May 152013
 
Prepping Economics Part 5 :  A Probable Currency Evolution Post TEOTWAWKI

This is the fifth of our six part series about prepping economics.  An index listing the other sections is at the bottom of this article, and if you’ve arrived here directly by following a link, you might want to consider starting at the beginning and then working your way through the articles in sequence. In the response to a Level 2 or 3 situation, we agree that we will first see simple bartering and many […]

May 152013
 
Prepping Economics Part 6 :  How to Prepare for the Future Economy

This is the sixth and final part of our series about prepping economics.  An index listing the previous sections is at the bottom of this article, and if you’ve arrived here directly by following a link, you might want to consider starting at the beginning and then working your way through the articles in sequence. We’ve written before to recommend you should stock up on long-lived supplies that are easy to store and have a […]

Apr 302013
 
Will Your Nearby Town Thrive, Survive or Fail WTSHTF?

One of the key things in developing your retreat is to create or become part of a community.  You can’t viably ‘go it alone’ in a Level 3 situation (although it is possible to do so in a Level 1 or 2 situation). Depending on the scope of your plans, there are several ways to become part of a community.  Most people immediately assume they will have a multi-acre block of land to themselves, and […]

Mar 182013
 
Is Your Money Really Safe In The Bank?

(Note – there have been lots of developments since we first posted this story, and we’ve been updating it semi-realtime ever since, to keep it current.) In the US, one of the bedrock values of our society and our commercial system is the safety of our money when we deposit it in a bank. Every time we walk into a bank, we see the FDIC promise – often on the very doors we walk through […]

Feb 252013
 
The Danger of Relying on a River or Stream for Your Water

We are writing this on Oscar night 2013, so let’s use an Oscar linked concept for this article. Did you ever watch the Oscar-winning movie, Chinatown?  It was nominated for 11 Oscar awards in 1975 and won the best screenplay award.  The movie starred Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, and – yes, here now is the segue to this article – featured a plot to do with the struggle for water rights in California. Access […]

Feb 182013
 
Further Analysis on Continuing Gun and Ammo Shortages

It is now just over two months since the Sandy Hook shooting caused an increase in the rate of buying firearms and ammunition due to people’s concerns about new restrictive legislation, and their hope that the legislation wouldn’t apply retrospectively to existing firearms, magazines, and ammunition. We’re not primarily a firearms focused website, and our main perspective on this matter is to examine this real life example of our economy’s fragility and inability to quickly […]

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