Monday, May 5, 2008

Whither Survivalists?

“Where ideas are concerned, America can be counted on to do one of two things: take a good idea and run it completely into the ground, or take a bad idea and run it completely into the ground.”

—George Carlin

In a way, the title survivalist is kinda silly.  It is as though the folks who pour the name on themselves are the only people who want to live, the rest of society is unwilling to do so and only want to be around if there is someone to support them.

But the actions taken by the survival types show that the  folks that they consider untermenschen non-survival types are a source of real concern.  Loading up in the bunkers with as many automatic weaponsas they can lay hold of, they await the ravaging hordes with a fatalism worthy of a biblical prophet.  

But when you think about it, the ravaging hordes are what will keep everyone alive.  yes, right now they are busily esconsced in their McMansions, overweight and in debt, but all of those problems have easy solutions.  How we will survive as a society is leading the society into a new system with less material input and greater personal responsibility input.  

What we need to be discussing is not which automatic weapon will put a bigger hole in a looter, but how do we shift a society from one built of consumers to one built of citizens.

But, to be honest, there are gonna be some scary times getting from here to there, and a couple months of food and the ability to raise a garden might come in handy.......maybe some weapons too.  :)

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