There were seven crusades fought between 1095 and 1291 between the Christian west and the Muslim east. In 1071 the defeat at the Battle of Manzikert opened Asia Minor to the control of the Turks. The Byzantine Empire was on the verge of collapse with it’s treasury bankrupt, it’s army poorly deployed and it’s Emperor ineffective.
There has always been a rivalry between these two religions and it is not over yet. Both seek to dominate the world and it appears the next major war may be the next crusade in practice if not in name. But this time instead of trying to recapture the holy land it will be for the very survival of Christians everywhere.
It has been noted that every American war since the 1990’s have apparently been in the attempt to reestablish the former Ottoman Empire and reestablish Islamic rule over these areas under one government or Caliphate. When one looks at a map of all of the recent uprisings and wars it does lend credence to this theory. The question remains, why would America want to rebuild this empire with approving undertones from Germany?
The hostilities that are being created between the government and the American people may manifest themselves as the next crusade against Islam. This time though, the Christians will not have a home to go to if they lose. It is likely they will be killed outright before the war is over. Muslims have not hidden their desires to eliminate Christians from the Earth. The recent Christian mass slayings in the Mid-East give a clear picture of what awaits here if this is the future we find ourselves in. If this is our future it will be bloody and without mercy and Americans had better prepare themselves for that.
When we talk of our standard of living most people equate that to all of the stuff and the money that they have. They feel that the more of each they have the better they are doing. Unfortunately for most, the last few decades have seen an artificial prosperity in the U.S. with an artificial standard of living. The standard they think they have is propped up by massive amounts of fiat money that can and will evaporate soon.
We have been brought to this point by irresponsible policies created by irresponsible people that seek only to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. Many Americans have massive amounts of mortgage debt, automobile debt, credit card debt, student loan debt, business debt, medical debt and/or recreational equipment debt.
When the money ends and the people can no longer pay for the things that make up their standard of living, they will lose most of those things and be left with a lot of cheap trinkets made in China, many of which are probably broken already, to signify their standard of living.
When the artificial standard of living collapses into the real standard of living that most will end up with, there will be a lot of denial then a lot of anger. This will be a dangerous time for everyone, especially those that made prudent decisions most of their lives and lived within their means and will still have most of their wealth in tact when it’s over.
The envy that the political left has sown will reap a deadly harvest when this false paradigm ends. Politicians on the left and right are responsible for this mess but it is the social tension from the left that will cause much violence. People that have grown up in a system that taught them they are entitled to a certain standard of living will become violent when the things they were promised are taken away without warning.
Those that have spent wisely over the years and lived within or below their means will remain solvent while others sink in the ocean of debt they have set sail on. Many will not go gently into that good night and will strike out at anyone that they feel has more than their fair share of stuff when everything falls apart. This is the reason many have a plan to leave for more tranquil waters when the going starts to get bad. For those that have made the hard decisions and remain solvent, the coming chaos is a foregone conclusion and they are prepared for that. But what of those that only now realize the danger and seek to prepare for it?
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If you now realize that your standard of living is about to take a drastic plunge it may still be possible to cushion the fall for your family but some drastic decisions will need to be made. When you see an accident about to happen, the actions you take determine whether you get a bruise, a broken arm or are killed outright. Your actions need to represent who you are and the situation you are currently living in.
In a serious crisis the things that are important are water, food, shelter, clothing, security, medical, transportation and communication. Sanitation is also critical for well being but for brevity we will assume that your shelter will cover that aspect. In day to day living the four things needed are food, water, shelter and clothing. These are the things most people will struggle to provide for their families so these are the things you will need to place emphasis on if you are behind the preparation curve at this point. The other items are not less important but will depend on your location and situation as to their need. Once you can provide the basics to your family then the other items will become necessary.
For someone living in the suburbs or urban area with a job and few survival type skills, it would likely be necessary to store some of your wealth in a form you can use later to care for your family. This may take the form of food, gold, silver, diamonds or some other durable wealth preserving tool. The idea for this type of individual is to have the means to provide food, shelter and clothing during hard times. Since this type of individual may have very few skills to fall back on to produce these items themselves they would need a medium of exchange to trade for those things for the duration of the crisis. That does not mean this type of person should not seek education to provide these items themselves but given certain time constraints it may not be possible short term. An individual in this situation needs to have a plan to deal with these conditions utilizing the resources available to them at this time. A portable form of wealth may be the only option if relocation is required due to a deteriorating situation in the cities and/or your primary shelter is lost.
An individual living in the country may have more opportunity to provide the basics for their family depending on their location and the resources available in the local community. The basics still hold true though for the rural individual. For this person the skills available may make up for lack of financial means to store wealth for future use. This person will still need food, water, shelter and clothing as a minimum for their family but they may be able to provide those things by different means than their city cousins. The availability of open ground to grow food and the availability of water on site in most places may decrease the need to seek out these resources for day to day living allowing more time to be spent on acquisition of shelter and clothing.
In The American Dream Lost I cover one strategy that can work for most average families and can be summed up as follows.
Purchase a good used RV or camper trailer for shelter.
Purchase two sets of new clothing for each person to be stored in shelter.
Purchase food to provide a minimum of two meals a day for a year.
Buy a shotgun and ammo.
Buy $30 face value in junk silver coins for emergency use.
These things can be bought today for under $6,000 and much less with some shopping around. They can mean the difference between becoming destitute and helpless or being able to live with a good quality of life. Measures should be taken to prevent the loss of this backup system in the event you must declare bankruptcy and lose everything when the system collapses. Unless a mad max scenario happens very fast, anything you do not own free and clear may be lost in due time by foreclosure. Above all if you decide to implement a plan like this or some other the most important thing to remember is not to wait until you have no resources left before you try to enact the plan. Most people try to run things out until the last minute and all resources are used up hoping things will change and the life they are accustomed to will be saved somehow. That is a plan for disaster in the current environment and is very dangerous for you and your family to depend on. You must set aside resources for the plan you devise and be prepared to activate it when nothing else can be done. That is a mental leap you must be prepared to take when the time comes.
A good quality of life should not be confused with all of the consumer things you now have and feel necessary to function every day. Some of the best things in life are free and this is the thing you must mentally prepare your family for the most. A collapse of our living standard will require everyone to adjust to the new reality and those that do not make the transition will cause a great many problems for the rest. One of the biggest problems we face are those that cannot or will not adjust and this is where the greatest danger lies in society when the system breaks down.
The arguments I have heard for this are numerous. I don’t need anyone telling me what to do. We can all come together and make a decision when necessary. No government means no problems. I can take care of myself, I don’t need them.
It is naive to think that there are no leaders in life and should not be. Even in a single family household, there is a head of the household that makes final decisions for the benefit of the whole house. This person can be male or female but their leadership in the home is unquestioned.
Even if a community is free of organized leaders what happens when they come under assault from natural disasters or hostile persons. And yes, believe it or not there will always be hostile people in the world who want to take what you have and Mother Nature has no schedules to keep and all of eternity to operate. How do you defend against these threats? The logical conclusion is to form a civil defense group or militia of the community. But in the event of hostile action is this militia leaderless? Do all of the members act individually to fight the threat? Do 100 militia members go off in 100 different directions to fight the enemy as they see fit because they each rule over themselves?
In life natural leaders will arise that people will follow. It is inevitable. These leaders may be evil in their intent or they may be honest but they are followed because they exude knowledge or a take charge attitude that others lack. Leadership can be good or bad depending on the person and direction they are leading people.
You don’t need someone telling you what crops to plant this year or how to raise your children. Leadership of large groups is not necessary on a daily basis at an individual level but more important when there are situations that affect the whole group.
Leaders help direct the larger group to work together to overcome situations that the individual cannot handle alone and be successful. It may be defense of the community from hostile persons, a natural disaster that they must prepare for or the building of infrastructure for the community that everyone wants and what about the rule of law? Who decides what is legal and illegal? Who enforces the laws that the community imposes on itself? Someone must be in charge of judicial process in the event of disputes.
There are those that see a new revolution in America as a way to eliminate all central power and insure individual freedom. Central power does not have to exist to the exclusion of individual liberty. The rule of law is the key to maintaining the shackles on central power but when the rule of law is usurped and the people do nothing to stop it individual freedom suffers. A Republic is based on rule of law but a Democracy is based on mob rule and that is where we have gone wrong. We are a Republic not a Democracy.
The constitution did not fail us but rather the usurpers that were elected as leaders. The leaders we now have did not arise because of leadership traits but due to the purchase of their office by the sale of votes from a willing electorate. Our current corrupt leaders are a direct reflection of the people who put them in office. It is impossible to replace the bums because the co-opted voters will just replace them with more bums. So what do we do? How do we remove the corrupt leaders without installing more corrupt leaders? It is inevitable that should we devolve into individual communities with no central leadership the co-opted masses will unite and eventually seek to control the free individual communities by force. The American Civil War is proof of that. The co-opted masses are the problem in this country and there is no clear way to deal with them. Until we figure this out the path ahead is murky at best.
The American Indians had a good life and much individual freedom but when confronted with an organized army they were wiped out. If the many Indian tribes had come together sooner to fight this threat there may have been a different outcome. The fact that individual tribes acted individually insured their demise. This is the lesson of decentralized communities acting alone with no central leadership.
There are those that would say we could just appoint a leader when the need arises but the preparedness of men either individually or as a collective force requires constant training to be effective and that takes time you will not have when suddenly confronted with a threat. That is why the second amendment alludes to a well regulated militia. When a crisis unfolds the minimum amount of forces should be used but at times it may require multiple communities at the state or national level. When this happens there is no time to argue over who is in charge. There must already exist a chain of command to fill this leadership role.
The elimination of a centralized government and a constitution would reduce our nation to many individual tribes to be conquered just like the Indians. As long as there are those in the world that seek complete control there will always be a need for some degree of centralized power to protect individual rights. The questions remain, how do we rid ourselves of the current government oppression and what do we replace it with? Once you eliminate the current structure what do you do about the co-opted electorate that will seek to replace it with the same thing? People speak of civil wars and revolutions but then what is the plan for afterwards? We dare not destroy what we have until we know what will follow it. Unfortunately many people have not thought that far ahead.
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