An Asian American FB friend posted this article from the New Yorker: Doomsday Prep For the Super-Rich. Evidently prepping just isn’t for the middle-class anymore. The super-rich are doing it too, which should be scary given that the super-rich now control the country. If they have no faith in their own ability to run it, then how should the rest of us feel? The article talks about rich peoples’ obsession with New Zealand as an escape. Even Peter Thiel, Mr. Trump’s most famous Silicon Valley backer, has invested in New Zealand as an escape destination when The Shit Hits The Fan (TSHTF). If Peter Thiel is hedging, what should the rest of us do?
As the New Yorker article says, lots of rich Asian Americans have already made up their minds. They’re prepping. One rich Asian American dude got LASIK because glasses will be hard to come by if the economy melts down. Another rich Asian American dude is training in archery (although despite the fact that one is far more likely to have an fatal accident than a successful self-defense situation, it’s FAR better to have a gun than a bow if TSHTF.).
Prepping might not be a bad idea these days, with Trump upending everything we’ve known. I’m not worried about our military being weak, but with his senseless attacks on the the CIA, I worry about our intelligence community and whether they will be able to do their jobs. I worry about him (and his Cabinet) being in bed with Putin. I worry about prices shooting through the roof if he upends American trade and replaces it with protectionism. I’m worried MOST about the sea levels rising and more natural catastrophes in a world where the the Commander-in-Chief doesn’t believe in global warming. I’m worried that the media is losing all credibility under the Trump’s lies and attacks. Some of it is the media’s fault, of course–but what kind of world will we live in if people don’t listen to objective people with access to information?
(I’m not worried about race relations. As I’ve said many times, we were on a downward trajectory in race relations with the SJW’s destroying everything. Even though this isn’t ideal, it’s better than what we had. I hate to say it, but it’s also refreshing to see a politician keep his promises, regardless of how despicable and evil his message is. I do think it will be much harder for him to keep his promises with regards to finance–the numbers don’t just add up. Then again, with Trump’s history of bankruptcies, we knew he was never good with the numbers.)
If TSHTF, we’re in trouble no matter what, but it’s always good to be prepared. It’s not the first time we’ve been through this. Kennedy urged people to build fallout shelters, and fear was a pretty common back in the days of the Cold War between Reagan and Gorbachev. Things are looking a lot shakier these days than back in the Cold War, so it may not be a bad time to at least learn survival skills, even if you don’t have a private plane and property in New Zealand.