Like the Onery Bastard.  I am looking at my options.  I found this post over on my Wordpress account and thought that I would update it and publish here.  Mostly making sure that I have a backup arranged should google become even more controlling and self-absorbed than they already are.

I have been pondering the nature of preppers and their habitual political leanings. To be blunt, there appears to be no apparent thought to the process, merely a knee-jerk "anti-Communist" "pro-freedom" set of leaning that really doesn't make sense in the current modern political climate.

We have entered the final stages of capitalism as envisioned by Marx and Engels. The capitalists (owners of production) are doing their level best to make sure that the workers are in thrall and kept there. I cannot think of a better way of describing the process that is occurring. Yet the preppers see everything as a commie plot to take their freedoms. Shit. The communists here in the US are so damn lame that they couldn't take their own temperature, let alone your freedoms.

Yet whenever someone stands up and say that capitalism is fucking us over, they are labeled as a godless commie and the dumb-fucks on the lunatic fringe of the prep movement go all John Birch. They would rather kill a commie who has an excellent handle on the nature of the problem than listen to him. Sure, Marx and Engels had some less than stellar ideas about how to solve the inherent contradictions of capitalism, but you sure can't begrudge them their absolutely right-on and prescient description of the depredations of capitalism.

So, I would highly recommend that y'all back off of the comrades. Hell, I think that if you listen to them without mindlessly bouncing dated and invalid screeching out of your yap, you might find that they are on the same side you are.

Again, this does not mean that I agree with communist theory at all levels. Hell, I think that even the Commies are embarrassed by how badly the term was misused in the twentieth century.


russell1200 said...

Marx made some very pointed and intelligent observatiosn about the capitalist system as it was developing at the time. His failings were not so much in that area, as in setting up a better alternative.

There are however left-wing preppers. They just tend to call themselves something else. The Druid's audience tends to be heavy on them.

Up until Glen Beck helped popularize prepping to the mainstream (Fox news) right, I would have hazarded to guess that there were more lefties how could arguably fit in the catagory of being involved in "prepping," Shoot, huge chunks of the "sustainable" crowd are there, they just don't state the cause of their concerns the same way.

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Crapitalism is coming down as the failure that it is. We are going to revert back to true free market "caveman economics". The black market, as it were. It's thriving down here in south Texas/north Mexico. Trade, barter, and all that jazz. And I'm loving it...