50 Shocking Questions That You Should Ask To Anyone That Is Not A Prepper Yet

50-Shocking-Questions-That-You-Should-Ask-To-Anyone-That-Is-Not-A-Prepper-Yet-Photo-by-Giggy-300x225Written by Michael Snyder

Share this list of shocking questions with everyone you know that needs to wake up.  Sometimes asking good questions is the best way to get someone that you care about to understand something.  When I attended law school, I became very familiar with something called “the Socratic method”.  It is a method that has been traditionally used in law schools all over the United States.  Law professors will bombard their students with questions, and the goal is to stimulate critical thinking and allow students to discover the answers for themselves.  Many times those of us that can see what is happening to this country get frustrated when we try to get others to see what is so apparent to us.  But instead of preaching to them, perhaps asking questions would be more helpful.

When you ask someone a question, they are almost forced to think about what you just said and come up with a response.  And without a doubt, the fact that America is in decline is undeniable.  Those that would choose to blindly have faith in the system are foolish, because it is glaringly obvious that the system is failing.  Our economy is heading for collapse and the world around us is becoming more unstable with each passing day.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the number of preppers in the United States is absolutely exploding.  Some estimates put the number of preppers in the U.S. as high as 3 million, and the movement continues to explode.

So exactly what is a “prepper”?  Well, the truth is that there is a tremendous amount of diversity among the people that fall under that label.

To me, you don’t have to move to Montana and store 500 cases of MREs in a nuclear fallout shelter to be considered a prepper.  I believe that anyone that can see a very serious crisis coming and that is taking steps to prepare for that crisis would be considered a prepper.  You might be living next to one and never even know it.  Many families have converted spare rooms into food pantries or are taking survival training on the weekends.  Others have renewed their interest in gardening or have started to invest in precious metals.  As far as I am concerned, anything that you can do to become more self-sufficient and more independent of the system is a good thing, because the system is rapidly failing.

Perhaps you are reading this and you are thinking that people who are “preparing for disaster” are being rather foolish.  Well, I encourage you to read the list of questions that I have compiled below and come to your own conclusions.

The following are 50 shocking questions that you should ask to anyone that is not a prepper yet…

#1 Why are sales of physical silver coins breaking all sorts of all-time records?  The U.S. Mint is on pace to sell more silver eagles during the first month of 2013 than it did during the entire year of 2007.

#2 Why has Germany announced that it will be moving gold from New York and Paris to its own vaults back home?  Is this a sign of a breakdown in trust among global central banks?

#3 Why is China systematically hoarding gold?

#4 Why have billionaires such as George Soros and John Paulson been hoarding massive amounts of gold?

#5 Why are billionaires buying up so much ranch land up in Montana?

#6 Why is Russia warning that we are rapidly approaching a global “currency war”?

#7 Why has Barack Obama chosen this moment to launch an all-out attack on the Second Amendment?

#8 Why does Barack Obama want doctors to ask their patients questions about firearms?

#9 Why is there an incredibly severe nationwide ammunition shortage all of a sudden?

#10 Why has a bill been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that “would ban Internet or mail order ammunition purchases“?

#11 Why are gun control advocates such as Piers Morgan pushing for us to become more like the UK when the UK actually has a much higher violent crime rate than we do?

#12 Why was a Forbes article that made a connection between the use of psychiatric drugs and the mass shootings that we have seen in recent years almost immediately taken down from the Internet?

#13 Why does the federal government want to start putting “black boxes” in all new motor vehicles?

#14 Why are some U.S. states now using computers to predict “future crimes“?

#15 Why are “black-clad federal SWAT teams” raiding farms and ranches all over the United States?

#16 Why are we all being trained to spy on one another?

#17 Why are highly advanced facial recognition cameras being put up all over the United States?

#18 Why have police departments all over America begun to deploy unmanned surveillance drones in the skies over our cities?

#19 Why are schools all over America beginning to require students to carry IDs with RFID microchips in them wherever they go?

#20 Why are more Americans not outraged that nearly 400 TSA employees have been fired for stealing from travelers since 2003?

#21 Why are Americans not more outraged that TSA goons are manhandling the private areas of our women and our children in the name of “national security”?

#22 Why is an elderly survivor of the Nazi occupation of Austria, Kitty Werthmann, warning that America is heading down the exact same path that she experienced?

#23 If the economy is in good shape, then why are more than one out of every four U.S. workers with a 401(k) raiding those funds in order to pay current expenses?

#24 Why does the Federal Reserve continue to insist that the economy is “improving” when it obviously is not?

#25 Why can so few Americans explain how money is created in the United States?

#26 Why has the U.S. dollar declined in value by well over 95 percent since the Federal Reserve was created?

#27 Why is the U.S. national debt more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was created?

#28 Why isn’t the mainstream media in the U.S. discussing the fact that the U.S. dollar is in danger of losing its status as the primary reserve currency of the world?

#29 Why don’t more Americans know about the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble?

#30 Why did the U.S. national debt grow during the first four years of the Obama administration by about as much as it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that George W. Bush took office?

#31 Why is the middle class in America bringing home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before?

#32 If the U.S. economy is producing a healthy number of good jobs, then why are we spending nearly a trillion dollars a year on welfare?

#33 If the U.S. economy is not collapsing, then why has the number of Americans on food stamps grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today?

#34 If America is still an economic powerhouse, then why have we lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001?

#35 Why are we losing half a million jobs to China every single year?

#36 Why were one out of every ten homes sold in the state of California last year purchased by Chinese citizens?

#37 Why has the percentage of men with jobs in the United States fallen so dramatically?  Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#38 Why are so many Americans poor today?  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either “poor” or “low income”.  Why is this happening?

#39 Why does the U.S. government have a website that teaches immigrants how to sign up for welfare programs once they arrive in the United States?

#40 Why has the number of gang members living in the United States risen by an astounding 40 percent just since 2009?

#41 Why does approximately one out of every three children in the United States live in a home without a father?  Can such a society prosper in the long run?

#42 Why are our supermarkets being flooded with genetically-modified foods when a whole host of studies have shown that they are potentially dangerous to human health?

#43 If the economy has “improved” during the Obama years, then why are hunger and poverty still absolutely skyrocketing in the United States?

#44 Why are more than a million public school students in the United States homeless?

#45 Why are more than 50 percent of all children in Detroit living in poverty?  Detroit used to be one of the greatest cities in the entire world.  How did such prosperity turn into such desolation?

#46 Why did a violent riot break out at an event where government-subsidized section 8 housing vouchers were being handed out in a suburb of Detroit earlier this month?  Is this the kind of unrest that we can expect to see all over the country when things get really bad?

#47 Why are cities all over the United States making it illegal to feed the homeless?

#48 Why is the UN trying to take control of the Internet?

#49 Why have global food supplies sunk to their lowest level in nearly 40 years?

#50 Why is global power concentrated in so few hands?  According to the Swiss Federal Institute, a network of 147 mega-corporations control 40 percent of all the wealth in the world, and in a previous article I described how just six obscenely powerful corporations completely dominate the media industry in the United States.  Is it good for such incredible power to be concentrated in the hands of so few people?

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  It only takes a few moments to share an article, but the person on the other end that reads it might have their life changed forever.

Do you have any questions that you think should be added to this list?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  1. Nebraska Woman says:

    One missing item from this comprehensive list: Why are Americans participating in the deliberate dumbing down of our kids? And why is there such a disparity among the races in school?
    America cannot exist when the next generation of minorities (soon to be majorities) are so ill-educated and if I may add are so disrespectful of the laws of our culture.

  2. mom of three says:

    It’s getting scary and I just took my daughter in for her annual check up, the questions they ask these kids are very invasive. One was who lives in the home. If we have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, if we have guns in the house. We were not even asked these questions even a year ago. Our privacy is no longer our own anymore. I had to chew out one of her teacher’s letting him know it’s none of his business asking her about her medicine she is on. I also did not get the flu shots getting enough sleep, eating well, keeping clean is what’s going to help battle the flu.

    • We’ve taught the kiddo to not answer those questions… especially from teachers… not to lie, but to refer them to us to be answered – the explanation we give is that those questions deal with personal things that everyone doesn’t need to know… We haven’t had to take her in to the dr, but I guess I’ll have to start teaching her that too… sad, sad day

  3. Another question also should be : Why is there a migration from rural to urban areas? Banks, grocery, schools, hospitals, and other needed things are closing down in the rural areas and all moving to the urban areas thus encouraging the migration. They want everyone together in a small area where they can close off the cities and keep everyone contained. I moved back to a Kansas rural area earlier this year from a California urban area. This gives me some options. If I need something, a large metro city is 35 minutes away.

    • Steve,
      Actually we’re seeing many urban folks moving into the country. Too many IMHO.

      • The crowd that has ruined places like California flees to places like Oregon, Washington state, or Colorado, and promptly set about reshaping that area to look more like the shithole the just fled.

    • Old Soldat says:

      “They want everyone together in a small area where they can close off the cities and keep everyone contained.”

      Dude, how large is your tin foil hat? The folks I know are trying to go rural. I guess that would not be considered a plot by “they” though? Others are trying to get jobs and they gravitate to where they think the jobs are, maybe? Not everyone has the ability to sustain themselves in a rural environment; especially today. Plus the younguns feel they are missing out on the Kardashian/Kanye lifestyle in rural Amerika. Don’t panic and keep prepping.

  4. Donna in MN says:

    I agree with Neb. Woman on the dumbing down of our children and teaching them a false history, false economics, and twist childrens minds to marxism, dependency on government, preversion, denouncing of common sense, and scholastic criteria made non-important like litteracy.

    I am embarassed to say my generation produced these marxists in power today with so much hate towards our constitution, capitalism, family values, morality, life in the womb, God, and freedoms we are given by God.

    This has to end.

  5. Soggy Prepper says:

    Excellent questions.
    Get your kids out of school. We’ve homeschooled the 2 younger kids for about 6 years now (pulled them out in 4th grade, youngest now 15 son with Down syndrome 17). It works. They get an education, your family will be closer and they get an education. (yes, I said it twice on purpose). The annual testing will prove to you your doing the right job, especially when you see your child’s scoring is over 90%.
    Bring them home where they belong!

  6. TexGalatHeart says:

    I read the questions and they are a very good start point with some people but as Nebraska Woman said one question is missing. The people who have really been dumb down can not answer the any of the questions and are the ones that probably not survive.

    Have you read the article about the Dumbing Down of America. Put the topic in a web search and you will really get your eyes opened. Or just print off a copy of the 8th grade Final Test that our grandparents took when they finished the 8th grade. Not one of my children or nieces or nephews (grown adults) could answer any of the questions. Makes you wonder what the teachers are teaching our kids. I think the government wants the American public – sheelpe to be dumb that way they can help the rich get richer – but their kids are better equipped to survive on their own.

  7. exile1981 says:

    #12 – even the google cache of it is gone

  8. Why did The Governor kill Hershel?

    Just ask’n

    • awww come on…I DVR’d that episode and didn’t watch it yet..LOL

    • Donna in MN says:

      Because the Gov was evil and like evil, tried to destroy everything that was “good”. He had such a hate for good people and loved to play dictator and executioner. He only cared for himself and his twisted mind. Hershel was my favorite character in the show…disappointed the writers killed him off. Unless someone carries the torch for Hershel in a “Godly” manner, the show is lost.

  9. ozhillbilly says:

    Interesting stuff. I sent it to everyone in my address book. Don’t know if this is related but I know of two large businesses in my town now that will not take a personal check.

  10. why blow your own cover by bringing it up ?

  11. #51 – Why are only 6% of Americans prepared to last 72 hours waiting for government help to arrive?

  12. o Hillbilly. With debit cards being so popular people have actually been phased out of the list of people who can write a check at some stores. My wife went to Denver for a football game last year and left me the checkbook. Safeway had no record of me writing a check there. A manager had to approve it. I saw an older guy who was in the same predecament that I was in and he was pissed off.

    • Mary in GA says:

      I have walked out of two different stores at our local mall who won’t accept checks. Personally, I hate malls, but having a teenaged daughter I end up in the mall about twice per year. She has been humiliated when I’ve gotten to the counter to pay and pulled out my checkbook and they say they don’t accept checks. I tell her to put it back and we’ll go to another store that does take checks, that or we can go home with nothing!

      • ozhillbilly says:

        Mary in GA, I salute you for your position. My favorite gas station quit taking checks this year and so I found a new gas station. I’m afraid it’s a sign of the times that businesses are choosing to go electronic. I’m a cash and carry guy and I’m going to do it until I can’t then I don’t know what I’ll do.

        • Mary in GA says:

          ozhillbilly, I’m with you, I will continue to write checks til I can’t, same as my resistance to a smart phone. I have an older (not old, 6 years old?) phone too. I get a kick out of watching some folks snicker when I pull it out, not having a smart phone makes people think you’re nuts apparently!

          • ozhillbilly says:

            Ha! I’m with you. My phone is a Tracphone that costs me $20.00 for 90 days. I usually have minutes left over. The phone was given to me. I think my wife has GPS on it so she can keep track of me???

      • Nobody has ever been a victim of identity theft after paying in cash.

  13. Dale Netherton says:

    Why is the actual inflation not reported accurately?

    • Nebraska Woman says:

      I can answer that one. People can do anything with statistics that they want to…my prof in college (Statistics 101) said that as his opening salvo.

      • Old Soldat says:

        Exactly. Does anyone really believe the unemployment statistics? Sometimes manipulating stats just means an outright lie.

    • Donna in MN says:

      To make the obummer look good. They took out all the products (gas, oil, food,manufactured goods) and use inflation rate based on our interest rate held down artificially and falsely by the Fed Reserve. This is a big part of the Obummer-Benake Bubble that will burst in the future..

  14. Mary in Texas says:

    Fifty years ago we lived in a border town. The service station we patronized had a large sign saying that no checks would be accepted. When we ran short of cash during times the bank was closed, we cashed checks at that station. A lot of it has to do with who knows you. A few years ago I took a class that included the assistant manager of a large supermarket where all checks over a certain amount had to be approved by a manager. I wrote a large check that included getting cash back. When the assistant manager saw who was writing the check, he approved it instantly. Again, it was a matter of being known. That still applies in places that I patronize regularly.

  15. grandma bear says:

    #52 Why is the Government stock piling MRE, ammo and buying tanks? I fear we may have to defend our freedoms in the near future. I stuggle to know what they know and are not sharing. If Mr. Obama continues to p-ss off the world we will have WW3 in our front yards!
    #53 How are we going to even begin to pay for Obamacare? Less money comming home and the price of food going up well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
    Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best! Hang in there we are all in this together!

  16. grandma bear says:

    One last though, does it bother anyone else that the balloon has been floated to change the law so Obama can run for a third term? I do believe he would like nothing better than to retire in the white house a pretty sweet gig if you can get it, at our expense I would add. Just saying….

    • grandma bear,
      This is simply someones wet dream. There’s no law that can be changed to allow the president to have a third term, and would in fact require repeal of the 22nd amendment to the US Constitution. Not going to happen.

      • grandma bear says:

        I though that at first too. But then who would have though the senate would have the balls to pass the law that they would only need 51 votes to ok cabinet positions and fed judges? (no philabuster). Hope I spelled that right. Not a far fetched idea to possiably float the 3rd term idea. I hope I am wrong!

        • grandma bear,
          The filibuster is a senate rule that can simply be changed by the senate, even though it’s been around a long time and is outrageous. Overturning a constitutional amendmend is not so simple, and just isn’t going to happen.

          • FDR was prez before the 22nd was in place. The obumma crowd has a tendency to ignore that “outdated peice of paper”.

      • Ohio Prepper: I’m not totally sure but I think fdr was in for a third term.

        • DP,
          Actually, FDR died while in his 4th term. The 22nd amendment was passed shortly after his death. The tragedy is that they didn’t also include the congress in that change to the constitution.

  17. Florida Firefighter says:

    #54 Detroit died the day Bill Clinton signed the NAFTA agreement. The Florida demonstrations against which, I was trained to break up. The demonstrations AGAINST moving good UNION jobs south of the border. Training provided by black BDU clad mystery men from some vaguely official sounding entity.

  18. adam deskins says:

    good article but they should have called it 50 questions to ask any american because the word prepper has become synonymous with insane so that word alone stops alot of people from reading this

  19. Southern Patriot says:

    I’ve been lurking for quite a while now, gathering information and advice since I am relatively new at preparing for myself and my family. Wanted to say kudos for this particular article….very well written and “chock full” of news to share. I hope it finds its way to the folks who need to read it and it goads them into action. This is the one place I visit regularly and appreciate not only the info shared, but the comments and suggestions from everyone. I still have lots to get done, but at least I have a plan and a way to get there. Thanks again for all the helpful information! -SP

  20. Chuck Findlay says:

    Asking the sheep anything doesn’t seem to work, I can’t seem to get those around me to wake up. I have given up on them. I prep, enjoy my life and am comforted by having a cushion to fall back on if needed. I also enjoy prepping from the standpoint that I don’t engage the rat race like those around me. My idea of a perfect vacation is tent camping in some isolated spot, enjoying the outdoors and playing with my supplies and eating survival food that is coming up on the expiration date. If my friends don’t prep I can’t allow myself to worry about it too much as it is pointless.
    Sad situation for sure, but I have no idea how to fix it so I don’t worry about it.
    And to the statement of “I know where I’m coming if anything ever happens” I simply say that I don’t have enough to share and in doing so would endanger me, and that’s not going to happen. At this point I don’t see being friendly to a stupid person that refuses to see for the care of their family as something I need to do. If a guy doesn’t take care and provide for his wife and kids, I’m not going to step in and do it for him.

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