A true survivalist keeps their eyes and ears open at all times. Unfortunately, that means having to keep a strong filter.
We can’t believe everything we hear; that’s entry-level stuff. There are some very far-fetched ideals floating around out there, and you’ve probably heard quite a few yourself. You may have pondered the possibilities from time to time, but ultimately let your instincts kick in and put the fables to bed.
All that we can do is practice discernment and respond accordingly. You never know for certain what the future has in store for you and the world as you know it, but don’t commit too much time and thought to things that will likely not be relevant.
With that being said, the following article depicts a few of these “reaching” theories…
“The Golden Horde
The golden horde theory has been portrayed for years by survival authors, bloggers and fiction writers, but will the golden horde of hopeless refugees swarm like hundreds of thousands of locust from the cities to the countryside after an economic collapse?
No they won’t, not after an economic collapse anyways, in fact, I look for the opposite to happen, with hordes of people packing it up and leaving rural areas for the cities to look for work (when things settle down and after the initial riots that will occur in some areas). Recent examples of this happening after an economic collapse; include present day Greece, Argentina 1998–2002, the former USSR in the 1990s, New Zealand in the 1980’s and the U.S. Great Depression of the 1930’s.
In fact, I don’t see the “golden horde” heading toward the countryside at all unless the disaster is localized to the urban area that they are fleeing from such as after Katrina. Most of the supposed “hordes” will die (or be killed) in place waiting on the government to come in and rescue them before they would head out for the countryside.
I do know that any and all government resources will be put toward helping urban areas after such an event. As I’ve said before an economic collapse does not mean a government collapse – those in power will only tighten the screws and take from you to redistribute to the cities…
Listen; in all but the most extreme circumstances of total and long-term collapse and anarchy (example = full blown civil war), the laws, and punishment for the unjustifiable taking of a human life will still apply, and will be enforced, even if that punishment is your public execution in the street.
Study up on the laws regarding self-defense in your state and have nonlethal means of protecting yourself, such as defensive spray, extendable baton, Taser, bean bag rounds etc.…
It’s also a good idea to be friends with your local Sheriff and as many of his deputies as possible – remember they write the reports (just hope that it was not one of their family or friends that you shot).
Being “Squared Away” in the Wilderness
Living in the backwoods is great, now, but in the aftermath of a long-term disaster or economic collapse, those “squared away” in the wilderness will become targets.
And guess what… you’ll be on your own. No one will come to your rescue – if the looters manage to take control of your isolated cabin in the woods, they can stay for as long as they want and do whatever they want to you and your family, and no one will hear your screams for help.
I suggest that you find a small town or community and move there if possible, get to know your neighbors and become part of the community. If possible purchase, from five to ten acres of property and set up a mini-farm / homestead. You can have privacy, and still be self-reliant on your own land while still being close enough neighbors to avoid becoming an easy target and you can get help if you need it.”
Our appreciation goes out to thesurvivalistblog.net for clearing up these theories! To read more, visit their site.
I'm not sure if our imaginations get away from us at times, or perhaps it's a leap of faith in the wrong direction. Either way, continue to practice separating fact from fiction; it could save your life.
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