Breaking the Dominant Paradigm In The Survivalist Movement

In numerous posts on this blog, such as More Spew From Connedspiracy Idiots and Morons Unite!, I’ve made the argument that the escalating ‘climate of fear‘ being incubated today in America and within the so-called ‘survivalist’ movement is a deliberate campaign designed to take advantage of people and liberate them from their money.

This campaign is being systematically produced by opportunistic people with a clear agenda disguised as patriotism, survivalism and end-time fantasy. Using a gross misunderstanding of facts, conjecture and straw arguments to foster a climate of fear, slick presentations are routinely generating higher and higher levels of fear in the American people. Their product is the manufacturing of a rather large set of “connedspiracies” all designed to produce lucrative revenue streams for their developers and advertisers.

I’ve coined the term connedspiracies (the first I think) years ago to identify and label this growing group of hucksters and profiteers that are busy manufacturing endless waves of conjecture and how they ‘sell’ their claims to audiences and fans with the sole intent to create more fear and more profits. In other words, it’s always been about money – and not about the truth or freedom or liberty or information exchange or any other thing no matter how they’ve tried to disguise it. It’s a conspiracy of conspirators who are weekly ‘engaged’ in drumming up more fear while ignoring the real issues affecting us all.

They also use the tactic of denying some of the real issues occurring and to denigrate those that have identified them. They’ve even mounted a campaign to attack those that are trying to reason with them and share important issues and concerns. Their goal:  Retain a dedicated audience (increasing revenue); sell products that you’re ‘suppose to have’; increase advertising (worth hundreds of millions per year); refuse any changes that would impact their lifestyles (business as usual). The entire ‘survival movement’ has now been co-opted by these hucksters and I’m ashamed to be considered a part of it (I’m not).

Survivalists

Many of the ideas and fears they’ve promoted are found within the community loosely called ‘survivalists’. I’m supposed to be one these myself because I ‘belong’ to the community of survivalists and have been helping people prepare for several decades now. But I’m not a member – because long ago I gained the understanding that survivalism was not worth pursuing anymore, especially with what survivalism has become today. Survivalism has come to mean many things that I intensely dislike, including conjecture, denial, conspiracy and end time fantasies that have no basis in reality.

But according to some, I’m supposed to believe in those other things too, by virtue of my involvement, my many publications and my long-standing efforts with this community and even because of the name of the business that I run. But I don’t believe in many of them, because they are inaccurate claims and assessments (leading to ‘conspiracy theory’), many that I’ve noted in the links above. Some of these claims and conjectures are just flat-out wrong and were created by utter idiots. Therefore, I wrote the following articles to try and lay the groundwork of what is actually true and what is not: End Time Fantasies of the Religious Right, and Denying the Deniers – Village Idiots Take Note. There are many more on this blog.

Not all conspiracies are fraudulent, but many which are being too-widely embraced are.

This blog has never been about survivalism, which I continue to view as a misguided ‘idea’ that does nothing to actually help solve anything. Everyone has seem to have forgotten what true ‘survivalism’ really was, but it’s most certainly not what it has morphed into today. It’s been taken over by big business and bottom lines, pumping out an endless array of propaganda, products and fear through the mouths of talking fools. There’s a billion dollars or more at stake and the competition is fierce. And it’s all a load of bull-puckey.

Today’s ‘survivalist’ is concerned about the future and what it’s going to mean, but it’s not a future that has anything to do with true survivalism nor is even much of it based upon reality. Today’s ‘survivalist’ has a closet full of guns and ammo, a 4×4 truck loaded up with a bug-out bag and freeze dried food, extra gas cans, sleeping bags and a shit-ton of ‘essential gear’ crammed into every nook and cranny and walkie-talkies to stay in touch with his overweight ‘buddies’. There’s even a map for the rendezvous area taped to the visor where they’re all planning on ‘making a stand’ (against everyone else).

Our hero is getting ready to run. The (still) dominant paradigm in the survivalist / end-timer / prepper movement is to disappear off into never-ever land where ‘survival’ and ‘making a stand’ will somehow be ‘an answer’ to whatever is going wrong within society. I call these people ‘self-made refugees’ and have long pointed out the fallacies of this sort of thinking. If you’ve never read Survival Acres Blog – What Is It?, you should because I’ve gone into detail what is wrong there too.

There are others within the survival movement that won’t choose to ‘bug-out‘ – they’re staying put and guarding the fort. They’re even better prepared (some of them), rivaling even the equipment issued to military troops. They’re preparing for the ‘end’ too, because when it all falls apart, the plan is to defend it to the last can of beans.

Defense (and even attack) plays a huge role in today’s ‘survivalism’ meme, probably far, far larger then some people even realize. This component of the modern day survivalist movement is absolutely huge, taking up 50% and more of the survivalist budget, time, training and efforts now being expended. The massive jump in gun sales has skyrocketed with many of these going to survivalists. I’ve been to the gun shows, seen what the preparations are and understand the reasoning behind it. But this isn’t survivalism, this is a country’s citizens preparing for war. Yet many label themselves survivalists. It’s not hard at all to understand what this means – they’re planning on killing a lot of people. In ‘defense’ of course.

I’ve a big problem with this sort of preparation because it is ill-advised and wrong-headed. It completely fails to prepare for what actually IS coming our way. And it’s not the Rapture, the End Time or Satan himself which is going to show up and cart you all off into cattle cars. The Jade Helm military exercise will not result in martial law this summer. They’re not going to start rounding up political dissidents, gun owners, Christians, home schoolers or any such thing. This is a load of bullshit pumped out by utter idiots. If any of you have been ‘preparing’ for any of these, you’ve wasted your time and your situational awareness royally sucks. You’ve fallen for the propaganda that has long worked against ‘preppers’.

There is a shit-ton of propaganda now that we’re all having to wade through. The ‘prepper’ movement has long prided itself on being ‘informed’, but they’ve become really polluted with endless levels of propaganda and complete bullshit. This is being promoted and delivered by thousands of websites, radio programs, DVD’s, televisions shows and other forms of media. It’s a hugely profitable business and they’re very interested in keeping you as a customer.

It’s funny actually, how the ‘most prepared’ and ‘most informed’ are also among the most misled. This is because of the failure to check the facts, simply accepting whatever is put into print or makes it on the radio, and to sort out the conjecture and straw arguments so often introduced, and to examine carefully what remains. This is rarely done and because it’s so rare, millions of people now believe truckloads of utter bullshit. It’s the Gospel to them, and they’ll live and die by it if they have to. Quite a few are even looking forward to the conflict to come and if this happens, it will be a bloodbath of idiots and fools killing other people for no valid reasons at all.

Join the ‘Sheep’

The survivalist / prepper movement has become what it has long derided in ‘the sheep’. Their information is full of errors and inconsistencies, their ‘conclusions’ are off-base, and their ‘solutions’ are ill-conceived and many won’t work (at all). They bleat, complain and endlessly whine about all the wrongs in the world, constantly pointing their fingers at everybody ‘else’ and almost NEVER realize that they too are just as much to blame as those they accuse.

Within this group, you will find rampant levels of false patriotism, bigotry, xenophobia and a deep hatred for all things that don’t fit their worldviews / belief systems. The reason is ignorance, some of it is quite profound, others not so much, but ignorance laced with heaping doses of false assumptions, false facts and false conclusions.

Most fall on the ‘Right’ side as we all know, leaning heavily towards Republican, Libertarians and Independents. Most are Christians, ‘end-timers’ who filter everything through their views of how current events ‘fit the Bible’ and what they’ve been expecting to happen.

I’m keenly aware of how this group profiles and the demographics involved. I’ve never cared what affiliation people have with their politics or religion, but it’s now become such a huge issue, a true Maginot Line where one side has entrenched itself for ‘battle’ and the other that is still free to move around. This needs to addressed (because there really are no sides). We’re all in this together, like it or not, and what unfolds on our collective future – HAPPENS TO US ALL.  We need to REMEMBER THIS FACT.

Belonging to one of these groups does not ‘make you right’. It does not make your group right either. It’s just a group after all, and like any group, it can be dead wrong about any given issue. The Republicans for example, are dead wrong about climate change. While some of them have come around, we’re still saddled with too many (imo) that are steadfastly refusing to accept reality. Climate changes occurring worldwide are now ‘beyond obvious’. You have to be really obtuse, even quite stupid, to continue to deny climate change and our involvement. Within the Republican group, there are still plenty of quite stupid and willfully ignorant people who go on denying climate change while ignoring the visible, testable, verifiable reality occurring right outside their homes.

End Timers

The other group are Christians. Most of them are Republicans too. They’re also denying climate change. Their version of reality is even more warped then just plain-old down to earth Republicans. Christians (some of them) are preparing for the End, but first it will be the Tribulations, where persecution of Christians and Jews will occur worldwide. Seven years of increasing ‘hell on Earth’. It’s a load of hogwash. It’s a distorted teaching taken from the Bible and projected thousands of years into the future. None of them realize that the Book of Revelation isn’t fact or even accurate. None of them realize that they’re being lied to by their preachers, teachers and evangelists to keep them afraid and fearful (and under their thumb). It’s a common tactic used by groups throughout human history, but especially within religion.

Both Republicans and Christians are now inseparable and really belong to one group when it comes to the survivalist paradigm. Ultimately headed up by the head profits [sic], media personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, John Hagee and many, many others, this group gets their news – and their beliefs – from these ‘luminaries’ and many lessor angels that light the path beneath their feet. I didn’t say that they were smart or capable of independent critical thought. While some of them are, many simply parrot whatever they’ve heard. They listen to Fox News, they accept all that is said as Gospel, they live, breathe, eat, shit and die as Red as they can be. To them, this is the Right way, the best life, the only life to live – BECAUSE THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT THEY’VE BEEN TOLD TO DO.

I’m fucking SERIOUS here. They never examine if their beliefs, lifestyle or attitudes are valid, harmful, painful to others or causing any problems in the world. It just doesn’t occur to them – and we’ve all seen it again and again – they simply don’t care.

It’s an “Eat shit and die” attitude exhibited again and again. This is true on tons of topics, such as war, occupation, genocide, environment, climate, species extinction, development and their sense of ‘exceptionalism’ and privilege, and their attitudes towards other races, cultures and countries (xenophobia).

The group within the group, the right-wing Republican christian fundamentalists exhibit the worst behavior of all, along with the worst knowledge of the facts, the lowest levels of awareness of the world, are the least culturally diverse, and the most likely to reject the differences that actually enhance us and help us all, and finally… wait for it… wait for it.… they endorse the worst hope for everyone else by embracing the worst fears about the future. Their hope is global destruction, they’re fear is it won’t come soon enough.

Many of these are the ‘survivalists’ and ‘preppers’ we have today. They’re responding to their beliefs and world-views that tell them that it’s the End Times now, and all they’ve got to do is to get through this for a little while and then all will be magically well again. Of course, this is a load of horse shit and it stinks to the high heavens in the nostrils of the Almighty. Their idea of ‘prepping’ can be termed pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib, which reveals another biblical falsehood of how long it will be before the Rapture where they’ll magically fly-away leaving piles of half-eaten freeze dried food behind.

Ahem… I mean Aaaaayyyyymen!  Can I have a Hallelujah to that?! But in all seriousness, the wrongness of this view, is breathtaking to truly consider. Prepare to fly-away… Wow! While spending a lifetime ignoring the world around you while constantly hoping it all comes to destruction. Double Wow!!

This is being taught from pulpits all over the planet. And here is the DANGER to this global blasphemy being preached today:

People that embrace this story as ‘fact’ will do NOTHING to try and resolve any of the problems that are occurring in the ‘End Times’. For them, ‘fulfillment’ of the End Times story IS their ‘answer’ (and their escape clause, quite literally). Millions and millions of people are being taught to expect this magical event to occur at any time – which makes them useless as  participants in our society and culture. They neither care or involve themselves (outside of church functions, doctrines and activity) in what is going on in the world.

From a climate change perspective then (among many, many other topics), it doesn’t matter how damned hot the planet gets, they’re ‘outta here’ before it ‘matters’. This rejection of responsibility and contribution extends much farther into all other aspects of their lives and activities too. No matter what happens, on any scale, seriousness, significance or scope, it is irrelevant to them because of this ‘escape clause’ they’ve embraced, and because everything, from the tiniest event (an ‘eyelash has fallen’) is all viewed from the biblical perspective of ‘God did it’. Therefore, rape, murder, incest, war or the planet burning up is all ‘in the will of God’ and nobody wants to ‘go against God’s will’.

Most preppers are Christians preparing for the end-times. Some are also survivalists. They haunt a plethora of websites and forums online, excitedly ‘picking’ and failing at numerous dates and events again and again. The invention of the Internet has caused a massive explosion of these false profits [sic], one which I have witnessed first hand.

The Dominant Paradigm

The dominant paradigm within the survivalist movement today is to avoid culpability and responsibility and participation. Accept the propaganda and never check the facts. Support the talking heads and never hold them accountable.

Doesn’t this description also fit most of our society? There’s more: ‘Survive’ but don’t get involved. Worse, hope it happens. Get ready to run. Go live off the land. Get ready to fight.

Who are you going to fight? Why? If it’s ‘time to go’ – or if it’s time to ‘make a stand’ – then isn’t it also past time to try and avoid all of this dislocation and upset? If society falters and fails, so will you. Just as soon as a 10-cent part breaks or your gun jams up or some kid with a knife sticks you in the ribs and takes all your preparations.

People are dependent upon the continued function of society. If that society breaks down, so does everything else and your ‘survivalism’ is going to as short-lived as your ability to stay awake, which will be a LOT shorter then your food supply.

But none of this is actually true survivalism. It’s escapism and endless waves of fear. And it’s been turned into a gigantic profit-making business encompassing thousands of companies. I’ve named a few names of the individuals behind this before. They may be your favorites but I find them wrong, stupid and cowardly. They’re leading their followers to disaster. They’ve been doing this for a long, long time and I’ve personal experience with many families that have been ruined by listening to these fools and following their advice.

The byline of this blog has always been ‘sustainable’, ‘living’ and ‘common sense’. I picked this name years and years ago very carefully. Survivalism is not sustainable. Survivalism is not real living. Survivalism – as it is so widely embraced today – lacks common sense. THIS IS WHY I am not a ‘survivalist’ and have come to reject the modern ‘survivalist’ movement as a deception and a gross mistake that I refuse to endorse.

Lacking any notions of sustainable, real living and common sense, today’s survivalist paradigm has been morphed into the highly-prophetable [sic] brand of End Time Defeatism that offers nothing to nobody except delusions and disaster. (update: Genocidal American ‘Patriots’)

This paradigm is death. It is evil, it is wrong, it is misguided and it will end in disaster for those that embrace it. I’ve seen thousands of families FAIL. Wake the fuck up people and look ahead at what is REAL. Prepare for REALITY – not some total bullshit scaremongering FEAR TACTIC being used to scare you into buying endless tons of shit you don’t need.

Start looking at what sustainable really means, and live your lives NOW – not wait for some fantasy make-believe imagined world of the future. Prepare for climate change which WILL impact your ‘survival’ faster then anyone thinks possible. Educate yourself on what will actually happen. Read up on what is happening. HELP civilization and society STAY ALIVE while also try fixing what is wrong (plenty of that to go around).

For All The Rest of You

IT’S NOT OVER YET. There are YEARS and YEARS of life and living and ‘try’ to DO – no matter what the others are claiming. Stop accepting DEFEAT. Stop TEACHING defeat. Stop ACTING like you’re DEAD already. Stop whining, whimpering and complaining that it’s too late. So what? Get off your ASS and do what you CAN. The future is not written yet.

Here’s a little SECRET – Helping humans to prepare for the future is way better then claiming they don’t have one, precisely because the ‘impossible’ hasn’t even been TRIED.

My apologies to the real, true survivalists who are compassionate, informed, educated and involved with the world around them. You guys and gals are great! Nothing wrong with having the skills to survive without civilization or when lost in the wild or to help educate others on these topics and skills (which is what I’m attempting to do here).

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