Category Archives: economics

Cryptocurrency and Prepping: A good fit?

Over at Backdoor Survival, Gaye wrote a nice introductory post on cryptocurrency and prepping: Cryptocurrencies and Preppers – a Match Made in Heaven? She seems pretty positive on crypto. But I’d like to add my two cents. (I mean, my … Continue reading

Retail Store Closings and the Impending Shopping Disaster

Many retail stores have closed due to competition from online stores. People are buying an ever larger percentage of their goods from the internet. So brick-and-mortar stores, from Mom and Pops to large chains, are shutting down. And this development … Continue reading

Severe Unemployment after the SHTF

I think many preppers do not realize how any major SHTF scenario will affect employment. Any event that disrupts society or the economy can cause unemployment to spike. Any event that disrupts a fundamental building block of society, such as … Continue reading

7 Unexpected Consequences of an Economic Collapse

Other than the obvious consequences, what might we expect from a partial economic collapse? A total collapse of the economy would throw the nation into utter chaos. But what if we endure an economic depression, or a severe and long-lasting … Continue reading

Gold Confiscation and Currency Demonetization

Never underestimate the cleverness of government in finding new ways to screw you out of your money. Gold In the United States, the Gold Reserve Act of 1934 outlawed the possession of gold bullion, gold certificates, and most gold coins. … Continue reading

Prepping and the Tiny Home Craze

A so-called tiny home is a dwelling, usually free-standing, of less than 500 square feet (46.5 sq m). These homes often have the shape and appearance of a house, but in a very small form factor. Very small apartments are … Continue reading

The Impending Collapse of Higher Education

I have a controversial theory about higher education in the U.S. I think that the entire system is headed for collapse. Already, the system of higher education is a house of cards. The cost of getting a college degree has … Continue reading

Which Businesses will Survive the Economic Collapse

An economic collapse is coming, sooner or much sooner. Perhaps the approaching economic collapse will be partial, not total. In that case, money will still have value. Some businesses will survive or even thrive. But other businesses are sure to … Continue reading

7 Ways the Food Economy Could Collapse

You don’t realize how fragile the current U.S. food economy is. There are multiple ways that the food production and distribution system could fail. Here are 7 possible disaster scenarios: 1. Congress bans GMO foods That doesn’t sound so bad. … Continue reading

The Typical American Diet after the SHTF

You will soon be a vegan. Whether you like it or not. If/when the U.S. agricultural system collapses — and we are definitely headed in that direction — there will be very little animal-source food in the marketplace. Prices for … Continue reading

The Impending Severe Vegetable Oil Shortage

The vegetable oil supply in the United States is a house of cards. We import about 30% of the vegetable oil we use, over 5.2 million metric tonnes per year [1]. If that trade is disrupted by some economic or … Continue reading

The Approaching Cash-Only Economy

I was walking around main street, in the small town next to mine, and I noticed a sign: “Cash Only”. It was some type of eatery. Over time I began to notice several other places with the same type of … Continue reading