From: Electric Dolphin. (Which also has an interesting new article entitled “How Women View The Alt Right And Why We Don’t Participate”.
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The ShieldWall Network organization would fall into either the “large group” or “community” categories below, depending on many participants are involved.
We are now nearing the end of 2016 and the economies of the world are on unsure and shaky ground. Now some may say, “but the economy always has its ups and downs” and that may ring true, however that does not guarantee much in the way of predictable stability. With national debt across Western nations skyrocketing and the bloated welfare state swelling day by day, how can anybody honestly expect that this can last? Ask yourself, do you trust your politicians? What about your government? How about the legal system of your country, is it emotionally driven and changes like the weather? If these are questions which concern you, then maybe the uncomfortable truth is that you know that the government cannot be relied on – much less trusted.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term SHTF, it is short for “Sh*t hitting the fan”, or as I would instead correct to remove foul language, “Society hitting the fan”. SHTF describes an event (either isolated or global) in which total economic collapse occurs and society descends into chaos. A SHTF event may be triggered by causes such as but not limited to; pandemic disease/virus, natural disaster, economic crisis, peak oil (energy crisis), war or political instability. Although each of these causes may result in differences in the details of a collapse, the one core element of SHTF remains the same – things will change, and may not ever return to normal. People will be left to fend for themselves and will no longer have the food security which supermakets bring, nor will they benefit from sanitized council water systems. In being aware of the potential triggers for SHTF (some of which may be closer than expected) as well as the consequences stemming from such an event, individuals can make informed decisions about how to prepare themselves and to what extent.
The widely used term to describe those who choose to plan ahead for SHTF is called ‘Prepper’. First of all, an important point to note about ‘Preppers’ is that not all of them hold the belief that SHTF -will- happen, instead some simply seek to have peace of mind in their own personal safety. As for Preppers who do believe in the looming possibility of SHTF, they are a diverse group and belong to a variety of subsets such as:
Sole operating Prepper. During SHTF some will be more of a survivalist type, while others only intend to live on their own until they can find a suitable group or community.
This type may be a pair such as a Husband and Wife or neighbors who have planned and prepared for the event of SHTF together. Others may be in smaller groups (3-7 people) and have an organized protocol for SHTF between siblings or within a group of friends. Those in small groups may have a collaborative pool of stockpiled resources, while other groups may individually prep and plan to join up together.
The large group (8-20 people) is similar to the small group in that preparation may exist collaboratively, or instead as individuals, however a key difference here is that the large group may have more forward reaching planning – due to having a defensive means. The large group also differs from the dynamics of the community, as they do not have the infrastructure at their disposal nor the human means to sustain a more advanced lifestyle.
The ‘Family’ type of Prepper may be a young couple with a baby, a family with young or teenage children or could even be an extended family unit. This group of people works together collaboratively with a prepping mindset to ensure safety and wellbeing for the family. Some Prepper families have a ‘retreating’ destination already such as some acreage out of town, or good home defense in a city. While other Prepper families plan to ‘hole up’, before eventually meeting in an agreed location once life becomes unsafe or unsustainable.
A community of Preppers (20-80 people) is similar to the characteristics of the large group in that they have defensive means and a collaborative plan, however they differ in that they likely already have infrastructure in place to sustain a population with housing and food. Members of Prepper communities may agree to take on the development of various specialized skills, this is done purposefully with the end goal of sustaining a new village and maintaining a more advanced and comfortable lifestyle. Some community Preppers may already live in local to one another, while others have a plan to combine and bring different resources to a safer common area.
While considering the likelihood of a SHTF event in the coming years, keep these Prepper archetypes in mind when deciding how you will prepare yourself (if that is your plan). As choosing the best social dynamic for your personality and behaviour will critically affect your ability to survive in the new world. We can see from the events which unfold time and time again during natural disasters, that people are often more dangerous to eachother than the combined effects of famine, sickness and the elements. There is also no 100% right or wrong way to prepare yourself, there is only what is right for you and what suits the needs of you, your family, or your Prepper group/community.
To end off this post I have linked below an entertaining fictional Documentary titled ‘After Armageddon’ on Youtube (which you can watch for free), the story follows the lives of a small family through the events of a SHTF pandemic virus scenario set in California USA.