Should We Prepare for Social Collapse?

We read of those, especially in North America, who are termed “preppers”, people preparing for various forms of disaster (nuclear war, an asteroid hitting the Earth, inability of the State to maintain civil order) leading to social collapse, either with rampaging and desperate hordes of displaced people everywhere or with a mere few “survivors” from whatever calamity has struck. We in Europe tend to laugh at these American excesses (as they seem to us), but perhaps we should be less amused and more cautious.

Naturally, there is a huge difference in geographical and demographic norms. The wide open spaces of much of the USA and Canada contrast starkly with Europe, particularly the UK, with its centuries-old man-altered landscapes, densely-populated cities and towns, lack of true wilderness (except in the North-West of Scotland).

The population density of the USA, overall, is 92 persons per square mile; that of the UK nearly 700. Naturally, that is a misleadingly simplistic picture. The most densely-populated American state, New Jersey (where I myself once lived) has a population density of over 1,200 ppsm, whereas, while the UK West Midlands region has a density of over 3,000 ppsm and Manchester over 2,000, Devon has only 172, Cornwall 154 and the Scottish Highlands and Islands only 11. On the other hand, there is the point that “crowded” (in parts) New Jersey, the 4th-smallest American state, is about the same size as Wales. The more sparsely-populated areas of the USA are often a very long way from major cities or even modest towns.

It is clear that, for the UK prepper, less is more and that the congested urban and suburban areas are to be avoided as a base. However, the distinction should be made between the hardcore prepper, who intends to live by hunting, fishing and his wits, i.e. as a “survivalist” and the person who aspires to the creation of a new society after any collapse of the existing one. The latter is therefore, almost ipso facto, a conserver of civilization and culture.

I have already blogged about the idea of forming and developing a “safe zone” or base area for UK social nationalists. I have suggested that, in terms of region, the Devon/Cornwall peninsula might be the most suitable. Naturally, when social nationalists have relocated to that zone, their lives will not consist, in the absence of immediate war or social collapse, of hunter-gatherer or subsistence farmer activities. They will do normal jobs, run businesses, smallholdings, farms and estates and in general live (in most cases) as they do in those other parts of the UK where they live at present.

I suggest the following ideas. This is not supposed to be a comprehensive list, but only a basis for one:

  • Food Security

Keep a stock of food to last for a year or even two. The Mormons have been doing this for a long time, certainly for many decades. There is no need to re-invent the wheel when we can learn from others who know how to do things. Here is one explanation of how the food storage system works with the Mormons:

https://mormonwoman.org/2009/08/28/ask-a-mormon-woman-why-do-mormons-store-food/

The Mormon system seems to work on the idea of having a buffer for months rather than years, but with modern canning, packing and freezing techniques it should be possible to give the people in the safe zone at least a one-year supply of food from store.

Naturally, in a rural area, agricultural and horticultural produce will be available. Members of the social-national community will no doubt own estates, farms, smallholdings. In addition, those occupying smaller residences can be encouraged to cultivate part of their gardens, grow produce on a small scale under glass etc.

An important aspect of food security is the existence of a seed bank. Individuals and families can keep their own, but the community as a whole should also maintain one.

No doubt people will be able, in hard times, to forage and to find wild food and to fish.

  • Energy Security

It is to be expected that, in the first instance, the houses and other buildings in the safe zone will be on mains electricity. This supply is vulnerable in the event of war, natural disaster or social collapse in the wider society.

The first necessity is to build up the supply, within the zone, of solar electricity generation and solar heating. There are buy-back schemes etc whereby the householder can even sell his excess power to the National Grid, so long as it exists. At any rate, the community within the safe zone should do everything it can to utilize this renewable supply.

Geothermal heating of homes and other buildings is possible now, if the capital is there to utilize it.

It may be possible for individual residences in the countryside to have small wind turbines too, which can both supply those homes with electricity and also put any surplus back into the National Grid or a local grid.

A further option for some farms and estates would be hydropower from rivers and smaller streams of water.

As an emergency fallback, there should be a range of off-grid options for heating homes: woodburning stoves, ordinary open fires and, for electricity generation, emergency generators run from oil or other petroleum products.

It would be useful, too, if members of the community were to stockpile emergency lighting: candles (even tealights), hurricane lamps etc, battery-operated or camping gas-operated lights, wind-up lamps and torches.

  • Water Security

Water supply is easier, being regional and local rather than national. Indeed, many houses and farms in rural England have their own supply from springs. However, a contingency plan must be drafted and worked out.

  • Communications

The Internet was designed, originally, as a means by which communications might continue even after nuclear war. Presumably, that system will continue in some form even during social collapse. If so, it might be of huge importance beyond the confines of the safe zone, in the struggle to rebuild the wider society.

The community ought to maintain a radio transmitter.

  • Conclusion

An article such as this cannot cover all aspects of how a decent society might survive when the wider society around it is in a state of disorder and even collapse. I have not touched upon questions of social order, for example. However, these few proposals may start running a current of thought. The proposed safe zone will have to operate on the basis that an externally-triggered emergency will probably occur before very long.

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2 thoughts on “Should We Prepare for Social Collapse?”

  1. Social collapse has already arrived, at least in the cities. The indigenous populace fall neatly in to two portions. The vast majority kowtow to the State and follow the cultural Marxist politically correct line. They take no interest in anything other than themselves. The others tend to keep quiet about their views and prepare as best they can with correct tools, correct food and being aware of their environment and its limitations.

    To survive you need shelter, warmth and food. Should the SHTF stay put in your home, flat or room as long as you can. It is tough sleeping rough (I know because I have done this about 10 years of my life either by choice in the wild, or by circumstance due to no money).

    Warmth mostly comes from your body. Wearing the right clothes and sleeping under duvets or in good quality 4-season sleeping bags. There will be no electricity thus a decent sleeping bag (£190 to £260) from a climbing shop is a must, or Hungarian duck down duvets are essential. Cheap holofibre duvets or sleeping bags are better than nothing if you can’t justify a higher expenditure.

    Since there is no power you have to provide the fuel to cook with. Gas bottle powered cooking apparatus are good but are also expensive for what you can cook. Charcoal on a wood fire is better, doing it in a large metal bowl indoors by a window. Having a fireplace is better.

    After you run out of the tinned baked beans or tinned peaches and you have gorged yourself on what is in the freezer…remember you have no electricity…you then face the daily chore of what to eat.

    Flour is an essential and you start the day by making bread that you cook in a frying pan over the morning fire. Heat up water for tea. If you have some eggs or mushrooms cook those in the pan after you have made the bread and have them for breakfast.

    The other main meal is supper. A pan of home made soup is best. A handful of red lentils, a handful of rice, a vegetable or two and some herbs makes a nutritious meal along the a piece of bread.

    With social collapse you can’t expect more than two meals a day. Bread is what keeps you from starvation and provides the needed energy. Hot tea gives you warmth and keeps the system going.

    Basic food stocks are flour, lentils, rice, dried milk, sugar, salt, stock cubes, herbs, spices, tea, spreads (vegemite, peanut butter), plus fish, meat and fruit/vegetables. It easier all round to do without meat if you can manage it, since after the first week or two it will be hard to acquire. Tinned fish can last for ages.

    After the first few months you will find you have made new alliances with people you never thought you would ever trust, and you will have discarded the dross friends that turn out to be no good.

    You life style will change totally as you will tend to go to bed when the sun sets and get up when it rises. You will eat less and exercise more. You’ll learn to patch old clothes and sew new ones and you’ll learn how to repair shoes or make new ones.

    Water will control your life. You need a supply of fresh clean water to drink (about two litres a day is enough if you are eating food like soup). If you are taking water from a river you’ll need to filter it…get a two litre plastic drinks bottle. Cut off the bottom centimetre. Put in a small piece of clean rag or grass at the neck, invert it, put in some fine sand about five centimetres deep over the grass, then about three centimetres of crush charcoal over that, five centimetres of large charcoal, then fine gravel up to the top. Use this to filter your water. Change these materials once every lunar quarter for a family or once every full moon for a single person.

    Eventually your food supplies will begin to run out. The most important thing to replace is the flour because this gives you the most energy. Acorns are the best natural replacement for flour. Collect as many as you can in Autumn, soak them in water, running water is best for about three days to get rid of the tannin, or soak them in a bath. Then grind them between stones and use as you would ordinary flour.

    Keeping lots of herbs and spices, especially salt and sugar in handy quantities, not only makes almost anything edible but gives you stuff to trade with. Eventually your paper money will be useless, though the two thousand pounds you kept in cash initially will get you lots of food.

    At some point you are going to have to barter for food, material and medicines. You can use almost anything to barter with and you may be able to aquire all sorts of surprising goods, but you must be careful what you give away in return for stuff.

    Food will always be the primary need with clothing, fuel and tools close behind. But the best asset is a skill. You need to have an ability or skill or trade to sell in exchange for useful items. Anything from sewing, to shoe making, to tool making, even wooden spoon making, furniture repair, building, making jams and pickles, growing food, fishing…something that you can trade with.

    You’ll find that some of the time you’ll be by yourself and others you will live in a group. An extended family size is usually best…around five to twelve people…often sleeping in the same place and eating together.

    Larger groups, over about 15 tend to have one dominant person who runs it and there is a lot of hen pecking. Disputes are common and insecurity makes people leave abruptly. Larger groups are even worse unless there is a commonality such as religion, or some other common goal.

    If things get really bad and life where you are becomes untenable then head for either a tidal estuary or the coast. You can eke an existence from sea food providing you can find safe shelter and warmth.

    For most of us though, the reality is that we have been molley cuddled from birth and we live a totally artificial existence. We are economic slaves, just as our parents and grandparents were, to the dictator that owns and runs the Bank of England.

    Survival for us will be a close run thing and most of us will succumb in the first couple of months. Stay put in your home for as long as you can. Secure a safe clean water supply. Eat simply. Barter. Use a skill to exchange for food. Learn to read the weather. Find three or four people you can trust.

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  2. Should you decide to set up a community somewhere along Millard’s favoured Strasserite social-nationalism, then you must set up independent (secret) schools for your children to teach them the truth. They must learn to read and write (by hand) as well as do mental arithmetic (12 times table plus division, subtraction and addition without either a calculator or an abacus). History and geography to give perspective, botany and physics to make them think, plus basic economics and public speaking.

    If you fail to teach your children right from wrong, truth from lies, and how to think for themselves (questioning with what, when, where, why and how) then you are wasting your time.

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