From the many emails, comments and articles, that I’ve read over the past several months, many preppers / survivalist apparently, seem to think that government at all levels will simply go away or cease to exist, after an economic collapse. But, if we look at history we see that this isn’t the case.
As I’ve said; before governments do not relinquish power easily and economic collapse does not mean an end to government. I know that this is many a survivalist / prepper wet-dream but in reality it’s not very realistic.
For example let’s look at The Great Depression of the 1930s , the Russian collapse of 1998 , the Argentine economic crisis (1999–2002), Zimbabwe etc., as bad things were, each had one thing in common – government did not go away, and often became more oppressive, controlling and dictatorial.
So what can we expect in the aftermath of an economic collapse?
Besides more oppressive governmental control on both personal and financial freedom, massive unemployment and a decrease of GDP, we will also likely, see a redistribution of resources (they take what you have and redistribute it among themselves or others) we will experience also an increase of violent crime with an epidemic of home invasions, with robbery and murder being the end result, even more drug abuse, prostitution and vice, starvation among the poor and a lower standard of living for all but the most wealthy and politically connected.
Another area where I disagree, with many other survival planners, is that after an economic collapse, we will suddenly revert to early 19th century technology and way of life. This idea was popular with Kurt Saxon, but again it’s not very realistic when we look at recent history as an example.
An economic collapse is not a time machine that will send us back to the past. So don’t expect to get rich pounding on a blacksmith anvil, sewing coats from raw hide, fur trapping, crafting wooden barrels or wagon-wheels etc. These skills are good to learn on a personal level and to increase your self-reliance, just don’t expect the world to beat a path to your door for your labors and products…
So what trades, skills and jobs do I think will be viable after economic collapse?
Anything to do with food production, private security, medicine, alternative power, day labor / odd jobs (there will be a lot of competition for available work), transportation (charge a fee to take people from point A to point B), auto repair, small engine repair, carpentry, roofing etc…
Also vices like prostitution, drug dealing, manufacturing, making moonshine etc. will still be in high demand but are not recommended for obvious reasons.
While I can’t list every conceivable post collapse job / employment opportunity here because, I don’t know your situation or skill set, it is a simple matter to research and brainstorm ideas. You may need to combine two or more trades in order meet your needs. For instance; you could sell / trade honey, work part time as a private security guard or perform day labor as each opportunity becomes available.
Remember the more self-reliant you are now and when the crunch hits, the less dependent you will have be on outside sources for income to resupply your needs. If you can produce your own food, and do your own repairs etc., there will be less need to barter or pay for outside sources for those items. Self-reliance is the key.
My fallback occupation(S) plan isn’t much different from what I do now. Gunsmith services, odd jobs, small engine repair work, selling / bartering extra garden produce, honey and egg production.
Keep in mind that we’ve been talking about economic collapse here, life after let’s say, a plague, cosmic impact, super volcano, extended nuclear exchange or similar event will be very different, and could; in fact, send us back to the stone-age or similar. So plan accordingly.