Maybe I’m wrong, but I’ve watched prepper/survival videos and lurked on prepper forums and listened to people talk about it for a while now.
The biggest problem I see with prepping is that while most of them look at long term survival, it seems like long term is code for 1-5 years. Now that is fine and dandy, but what if the SHTF is so big that our modern society isn’t able to rebound?
Sure, you can buy and store all sorts of spare parts, ‘seed vaults’ and so on, but what happens in 10 or 20 years when you vehicle finally dies and you don’t have a spare alternator/engine/whatever? Or your medical supplies run out? Or your solar panels stop working? And so on.
I have heard of some preppers taking courses in blacksmithing or soap-making or a few other basics, but I have yet to see any prepper (or group of preppers) who really look at survival long term – at least not in the way that would be necessary to really re-boot civilization.
And I think that is a real flaw in prepper ideology.
Let’s be realistic – in most cases of SHTF, there is a massive die-off of people. All those dead people take all their knowledge with them, which means building civilization from scratch.
And with our modern civilization, that’s damned hard to do if you don’t know the basics in smelting iron, making potash or refining crude oil.
I think part of the flaw in most prepper’s planning is that the community is largely about individualism and self-reliance – it’s not really about re-starting civilization. I think it might also have to do something some preppers who reject modern society (for any number of reasons).
Am I wrong?