Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:11 pm
ZS is mentioned on the RationalWiki page about survivalism. Survivalism
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Pretty well sums it upThe zombie apocalypse, though this one is admittedly more of a spoof or a thought experiment (usually). Some survivalists and preparedness groups (such as the Zombie Squad), while not seriously believing in zombies, use a hypothetical zombocalypse as a benchmark for survival, the theory being that, if you can survive zombies, you can survive anything. Using "zombies" as a metaphor for any hypothetical disaster scenario also allows people to talk about survivalism without getting into the sticky political arguments that characterize the movement, as is known to happen when the subject is about, say, economic collapse, terrorism, or nuclear war. Even some quite serious organizations use a zombie apocalypse as a model for various disasters – the Centers for Disease Control, for example, uses it to model the outbreak of a pandemic disease and get people interested in emergency preparedness.
Well that sucks. This references Argentina. Several things pop in my head in response.The logic of "bugging out" to a distant rural area to escape the chaos in the cities did not hold up in practice, as major cities like Buenos Aires and Cordoba were often the first places to see order and services restored. By contrast, rural survivalist compounds often found themselves outgunned and outnumbered by criminal gangs with nobody to help them for miles. Many such compounds were later discovered by the authorities looted and abandoned, sometimes with their would-be survivalist owners murdered.
3 and 5 sooooo much! Part of the reason I'm so happy with getting my property is that the grandparents know everyone. People nearby see me working on the property they don't say anything and drive by. Three minutes later they're getting a call say "Oh that's our grandson, next time stop and say hi!" so sure enough I get a greeting and have an instant friend because I'm helping the grandparents.woodsghost wrote: ↑Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:16 pm
Well that sucks. This references Argentina. Several things pop in my head in response.
1) Some American survivalists have their act together and would be rather hard targets.
2) Many Americans probably think they are hard targets and in fact, they are not.
3) RELATIONSHIPS MATTER!!! PROXIMITY TO NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS MATTERS!!! No lone wolves survive long. Packs are necessary.
4) There is probably something of a data issue here. Authorities probably found the compounds of the less successful survivalists. Successful survivalists probably did not make it into the dataset, so we can't be too confident of this wikipedia post's claims. We can be confident though, that some portion of survivalists were NOT sucessful. Possibly a very high percentage.
5) Make friends! Relationships are some of your best preps.
Oh yeah. Can't be said enough. That and actual skills. I think repair skills would rock hard.