Letter from Mike K
Thanks for the constant blogging and sharing your experiences with all of us out here on The Survivalist Blog.net. Being young (almost 30 now!), Buddhist, socially liberal, and from New England, I often feel like an outsider in the prepper community. Nevertheless, my wife and I tend our gardens, buy second hand, stock up on ammo, and try to get ready for the collapse or the long slow grind that awaits us and the next generations. What I like to tell people (when they’ll listen) is that this isn’t “a recession” – it’s THE Recession.
Early on in my life I realized that the world was not the way most people pretend it is. I realized that the US government would wage propaganda campaigns on its own citizens, and that cash ruled everything around us. I started looking at our social, environmental, economic and financial problems in a new light. By the end of college, I had a degree in environmental policy and a conviction that no amount of public policy would avert our trajectory. We’re running out of cheap abundant energy, our financial system is a fairy tale, climate change is already here, and the people who run our institutions have seen this coming for a long time. They’re prepared and we should be too.
Living in Massachusetts my whole life, I’ve learned to live with quite a bit of government and bureaucracy. I’ve learned to tolerate repeated convictions of our State House Speakers (three for three and counting!). Even the occasionally harsh (and now consistently unseasonably warm) winters are a familiar comfort. What I won’t tolerate is a 7 round magazine limit. That will be the red flag to immediately hasten our planned relocation to VT or NH.
I do my best to explain to my many “liberal” friends that such legislation might as well be a ban on all semi-autos for all the 7 round mags there are. It’s hard to reach people in this media climate, but occasionally people get it. I find the best tactic is reminding them that the second amendment is explicitly about maintaining some sort of parity between irregular civilian militias and professional military forces. If that doesn’t work, I usually mention that a government monopoly on violence is a dangerous privilege to take for granted and leave it at that. If I have a choice between gunfights and massacres, I’ll take the fights thank you very much.
I’m writing to ask you and your readers for two things:
1. People seem unaware of all the times armed citizens have prevented massacres or other crimes. You recently posted a link to a 1993 event in South Africa. It would be nice to be able to point to a long list and say “Yes, good guys with guns DO stop bad guys with guns.”
2. Please don’t lump my generation’s movements in with the rest of the left. To paraphrase Obi Wan: “These are not the liberals you are looking for.” You may have seen this image of OccupySandy feeding the volunteers FEMA left high and dry. We don’t look to the government for help. We know these institutions are failing. We may not like Republicans, but we recognize that the Democrats are just the other side of a broken political system (you’ll notice there were many prominent TeaParty events hosted by Republicans, but no Occupy events hosted by Democrats – We pushed back hard when MoveOn tried to co-opt us). Now, we may not see eye-to-eye on everything, but I think grassroots preppers and conservatives have more common ground with the new left than most think. My final bit of evidence is this photo taken at OccupyBoston directly across the street from the Fed building.