The question on top of my thoughts these days is really just how this is going to turn out. This is a much different scenario than I have seen in previous years. Without fail most all SHTF studies involved a collapse of the Western financial system that would bring the world down with it. Not counting natural disaster, alien invasions and war of course. Yet I think there is evidence to suggest that what we are seeing today is more like the world intentionally bringing the West down instead, even if it brings them down too.
It also sure seems to me like many countries out there are prepping in their own ways too. Buying gold, placing claims and seizing fertile lands, keeping their own production close to home. out right making new islands to claim etc.
I don't have any proof but to me it almost seems like someone had a big world leader meeting and was told "oh ya we screwed up when we said the earth could sustain 10 billion people, we meant 8 billion" and now these same countries are all trying to start prepping at the same time and scrambling to hoard up everything they can before it all blows up. I keep thinking about the all the reports I read of shipping meant for the US ports that ended up being off loaded in India and then moved North too.
It's almost like the die has been cast and the world feels it is time to let the chips fall as they may. No more pussyfooting around the future. Maybe I am mistaken.
The news sites today are full of articles on China hoarding gold, cracking down on it's people and causing large riots. I wonder why? It isn't like China didn't already have it's people in a pretty much controlled tyranny state anyway. For the first time I have ever witnessed it seems like every nation on earth is taking the same general thing serious at once.
That kinda bothers me and in fact makes me start wondering if there wasn't some alien invasion somewhere that is not being reported on :)
So aliens aside we need to figure out how it will effect our local areas as much as possible. Hence my recommendation to find the largest geo-allied attitude group you can find and be in the middle of it as much as possible. That way when they start confiscating guns, land, gold or food you will have some warning and time to see a resistance forming. Beyond that I don't believe there is such a thing as a bad prep. Any of it can be useful and any of it can be taken from you too. I would imagine that land would be the hardest to take but if you happen to be smack dab in the middle of where some department of looting sets up a base you are out of luck I would imagine.
Plan for the best, which would be an area you can be productive and as self sufficient as possible but prepare to move and start over as lightly and as quickly as possible.
If this time we are looking at a world wide financial war on the West my best guess is surplus production of any kind will be encouraged, promoted and left alone to flourish before too long as continuing the victim vote buying of the last few decades will simply be financially impossible for any government.
Return on the government investment will once again be the rule not the key to winning elections anymore. Wont do ya a bit of good to pay off some of the countries student loan debt when everyone else is starving now will it?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!