Why Prepping Is A Foolish Idea

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It’s is disconcerting and unfortunate that so many individuals have been sucked into the fraudulent market of ‘prepping.’ Unscrupulous companies are pulling in money hand over fist selling MRE’s, nitrogen packed canned food, guns, ammunition, water filtration systems, and precious metals. What they fail to mention is that everyone who has bought precious metals in the last several years is deeply underwater on their investment. All that stored food they paid top dollar for during the financial crisis? Well, it’s all gone bad now and ready to be thrown out. All those guns? They’ve dropped in value up to 70% from their highs after the Sandy Hook Massacre.

Had these poor souls simply placed their trust squarely with their government and elected officials, they might be prospering now. If those thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars had been invested in the stock market, they would have netted a fortune. These individuals are ironically bringing about the very discontent they seek to avoid, by burning through their net worth buying assets that degrade over time and have negative yield.

Dollars are money. Precious metals are worthless relics. Those who are intelligent enough to study the great depression will find that gold and silver coins never became widely traded. If someone believes we are headed for a depression, all evidence to the contrary, gathering coins with no intrinsic value is the worst strategy possible. Right now, Venezuela is in a crisis. The currency has been devalued. These preppers should expect to see individuals all over this country simply using gold and silver coins to conduct their business. This has not happened at all. In fact, having a gold coin would be more likely to get you killed than to get you a meal.

Storing weapons in your home makes your family a target. In the event of an overbearing government cracking down on its citizens, who do you think will be the first people detained? It’ll be the people storing loads of guns in their homes. All the compliant, happy citizens, will simply have their stuffed bank accounts that they can continue to use to buy anything their hearts desire, even in a time of crisis. It will be the preppers who have nothing but garages full of spoiled food, who will be going hat in hand to the non-preppers for help.

Let me be crystal clear: the outlook for the United States has never been brighter. Long term, we must allow democracy to work itself out and solve the short term problems such as a Trump presidency. Don’t become a victim of prepper fraud. You have no need for caches of supplies in your home, that’s what the Red Cross and FEMA are for. Take that money and put it in the stock market just like everybody else, and watch your fortune grow, instead of letting it turn to mold buried in your back yard.

MillionDollarBonus

A thoroughly researched and well written article JamesB – glad to have another accredited journalist onboard!

Preppers laud themselves as responsible and diligent patriots, but really they’re part of a paranoid cult, with a total ignorance of economics, politics and science. Many of these people are also Christian fundamentalists, who are the most bigoted and hateful people in America, far more so than Muslims and Jews. It’s time for us to crack down on preppers for their seditious hoarding of gold and silver, and arrest them as suspected domestic terrorists.

richandrenee

It is ridiculous that alt-right freaks should be allowed to hoard industrial metals like silver. Their hoarding has artificially increased the price making products that contain silver more expensive for everyone.

Gold and silver will have to be confiscated as part of the transition to a cashless society anyway – the government should start seizing metals straight away.

Black Lives Matter

Almost all preppers are schizophrenics or are otherwise mentally ill. They should not be allowed to have guns.

Never Ready Battery Co.
Never Ready Battery Co.

Finally this stupidity is exposed. We have stores, duh? Chicken comes in plastic now.

All you have to do is text for delivery, I have amazon drone prime. Idiots.

trav777

why do we need a reason to arrest them?

MillionDollarBonus

You’re right we should just arrest and imprison them without trial. When people are this bad, due process is no longer necessary.

Rightwingmakessense
Rightwingmakessense

When you’re willing to throw away others rights, what is to keep someone else form coming along and throwing away your rights?

richandrenee

What a fantastic article James. Prepping is a total waste of time and money – it is also subversive. The fact that so many people don’t trust the government literally makes me sick.

If there were to be some type of disaster the government would be well within its rights to confiscate and redistribute any surplus food that selfish right-wing nut jobs have hoarded.

trav777

this is how the early USSR ensured the viability of the Party and the workers, by having to confiscate food from hoarders and those who wouldn’t produce enough. Many of them voluntarily died rather than produce their fair share.

caw
caw

90% of preppers are fools, they feed themselves canned foods, and MREs for a few years waiting for SHTF, get ill and spend all their savings on getting back their health. The companies selling them fake foods make money out of these fools.

Black Lives Matter

LOL, “preppers” are so stupid it’s funny. Better store some guns, ammo, and canned goods — the government may collapse! NOT. When has a socialist government ever collapsed before? What a joke.

drb6
drb6

Anon shows, once more, that he is developmentally disABLED with his lack of history knowledge. First, Cambodian government was overthrown, militarily, by Vietnamese revisionist military intervention. Second, Soviet Union did not collapse on its own. It was undermined by capitalists.

drb6
drb6

Enlighten me – how many Jews were in Cambodia?

Black Lives Matter

Great work, drb6. BASH THE FASH!!!

Black Lives Matter

Do you even know what hate speech is??? You seriously need to take a CRT course.

Rightwingmakessense
Rightwingmakessense

Do you have any ACTUALLY knowledge of what facism is. You, and man, many other so called progressives, should look it up. You’re making yourselves look silly by misusing simple words.

Black Lives Matter

A fascist is someone who opposes human rights, like the right to choose, the right to marriage, the right to healthcare, the right to education, the right to housing, the right to CO2-free air, the right to welfare, and the right to travel into the country. Donald Trump is a FASCIST.

CompassionateConservative
CompassionateConservative

Well researched article, (sir/ma’am/insert your gender pronoun here)! Something you didn’t cover, but which must be stated, is that when a white male owns a gun it is a sign of racism. African-Americans own guns as well of course but that has nothing to do with racism. They need to have guns to protect themselves against the klan in places where the klan is highly active like Chicago, Detroit, and Camden. Besides, we know that African-Americans can’t actually be racist.

Please see this for more information:
http://fusion.net/story/324449/racial-resentment-guns-research/

MillionDollarBonus

Correct. African Americans and Hispanics are also often forced into gangs, where they are forced to use guns. The root of the problem is white privilege of course, which needs to be tackled head on.

Make my votes count
Make my votes count

A relative of mine actually told me his most valuable possessions are lead and brass.
He told me if he has more lead than me he can come take all of my possessions.
I assume the lead would be fishing weights but the brass I have no idea how he considers that valuable.
Like I am going to give him my car in exchange for some brass. I think he is deranged.

trav777

he’s a true fool. Once cannot shoot their way to prosperity. Ask him if his lead delivery devices have the serial number 1 on them. If not, that means there are more out there.

As if having more lead means you can do anything.

snowflakekilla
snowflakekilla

The fact thhat you didn’t understand makes you ill prepared. People like you are victims in a catastrophic event. Put your life in no man, woman, or politicians hand. BTW the lead and brass meant ammo, and he was right, you’d be the first wave of victims, the naive

drb6
drb6

Excellent article.

A question to “preppers” and their supporters – do you know what happens when a socialist revolution sweeps the land? Let me tell you – preppers (called “kulaks” then) in 1917 Russia were expropriated. Their rifles did not help. You await a similar fate when the capitalism is overthrown.

trav777

these kulak preppers were such awful people that they chose to eat their children in some cases rather than produce the food needed by the proletariat and Party.

snowflakekilla
snowflakekilla

Your underestimation of human determination make you an automatic victim. You’ve obviously got a dream like scenario in your head. Real life rarely turns out like the dream. Remember that.

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

I’m having trouble reading the red-flagged comments, my eyesight can’t distinguish contrast compared to 30 years ago. Since the flagged comments are the only ones worth a damn, please use yellow contrast. Thanks in advance.

drb6
drb6

I would advise to use excellent facilities of nearest Obamacare office to improve your eyesight for nearly free.

Black Lives Matter

Drb6 is totally correct. Did you ever think your eyesight might be bad because you oppose healthcare?

drb6
drb6

Why Are Medical Mistakes Our Third Leading Cause of Death? –

Because People Such As Anon Are Against Free Healthcare

drb6
drb6

Anon is fixated not only on donkeys, but also on Jews. Quite interesting mental illness.

Black Lives Matter

Anon, I think you forgot to take your medication today. Please do so ASAP.

Caratacus
Caratacus

Whew, read this in the nick of time – I had nearly convinced myself of the need to lay in supplies of batteries, salt, gold coins and spare blades for my nasal hair clippers. I will now entrust all my worldly wealth to the banks and govamint treasury bonds, secure in the comforting knowledge that I have narrowly avoided making a dreadful mistake. Thank you all!

snowflakekilla
snowflakekilla

If true civil war ever comes, none of you will be out front. You’ll cower and hope someone else takes care of it. You talk a lot of trash about violence and takeover, but you sorely underestimate Patriots. But you can get online and talk about it, right. Come down south and grab a town square and preach this, I dare you. The rednecks will roll on the ground in laughter and promptly show you the way out of town. All talk from a small group of people without 1 set of balls. Literally… You castrate yourselves.

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