sittin’round the fire, thinking
We all know that there is a mess of confusion in the world right now. Hell, many of us have been harping about what is happening now for years and oft-times felt like we were (are) bangin’ our heads against a wall.
There has been a lot of talk lately of secession of the states and parallel governments/economies and the like. Some of that has been taking place around the fires here in the woods.
Kerodin has been getting group motivated towards the Citadel.
And I am still hearing “what do we do?” in many circles.
Well, I most certainly don’t want to give away too much information about plans that are not 100% my own, but I can give a direction to work in IF AND ONLY IF, you are willing to get off your ass and do something. Things are at a point now where being a keyboard commando is only going to delay the inevitable for you. You have to get out of the office chair and get your hands dirty and calloused with something more substantial than a frikkin mouse and keypad.
Find something you can make. Something not everyone has the time or resources for. Jamie knows how to make solar ovens for example. Say she puts 10 of ’em together one week and takes ’em to a gun show on the weekend. (guessing on cost of production here) Say she makes them for $25 of material each and a couple of hours or 10 in her time. She sells them for $60 at the gun show (in the parking lot so she doesn’t have to pay a table fee) or at the local flea market, by setting a sign up as “emergency cooking ability”. She has $250 in them, (not including time) and goes home with $600. She then turns that around and makes ten more for the next weekend. She is still $350 up for her time and to provide for herself. (granted first run is actually only $100 profit but you have to invest first or you get nowhere) Now, she is already a prepper and trust in FRN’s is only in the fact that it is accepted by most; What if she sold them for $2 in cold silver face value. She would take a cut in price with the exchange rate, but that silver is worth more post collapse than pre-collapse (but you guys already know this). OR, she could barter one or two to someone else for something she does not have, and does not have the ability to make.
Point is, she would be operating parallel to the actual accepted economy, not outright breaking of any laws, and staying far enough under the radar to not warrant negative attention of those that ‘wouldn’t approve’. This may not be enough to ‘break even’, but would be a positive step in a move away from the system that is designed to enslave and break every player but the very top. It would begin the transition of cutting her loose from that system and would also begin forming a network of others that would take the ‘hint’ and start creating other items: Literally creating a Grassroots economy alongside the current economy.
This system exists NOW. In the south and southwest, there are ‘mexican flea markets’ that do this very thing, and not just in products and junk, but in goods and services. The entry is racial in many ways as if you aren’t brown, you won’t see all the deals, and one reason why a lot ‘white folk’ are turned off by the idea. Fact is, it IS a parallel economy working right along side of our ‘corporately blessed and government mandated’ system.
We are working towards becoming a third world society very quickly. We can learn quite a bit from third world economics NOW and be ahead of the game when that dollar plummets through the floors of wall st. Think outside the box, That is the only way if we hope to move our butts forward to that freedom we know can exist. We have to TAKE IT. And that means DOING SOMETHING.