If it’s raining you put on your galoshes. You use an umbrella.
Well, ladies, gentleman, minotaurs, dragons, it’s going to rain. The long rains are going to come.
I expect in two years things will start to settle down. I expect in four years, the shape of our society will be completely different.
I expect for the next two years things are going to purely suck.
1- prepare. I don’t know what that means for you. I know for me some of the prep work is delayed, because we can’t really know exactly what we need or plan for what might go wrong until we move.
So, I can’t tell you what you’ll need. But you know the usual: A year of meds, if you can (and if they’re the kind that goes bad, vaccum seal them and throw them in the freezer. Unless they say do not freeze); spare glasses (I need to get on that.) Some bottles of water, enough to get you through a few days at least. Enough food that if you have to stay in place, or throw it in the back of the car, you can. Clothes at this time of the year for cold weather. Some thermal blankets.
It’s unlikely you need a go-bag unless you live where antifa gambols. And if you do, find a way out soonest. BUT these years have been so weird, keeping your essentials in a backpack or a duffel won’t kill you.
Have food and meds for your pets for at least a couple of months.
2- Weapons… don’t tell me about it. Just do what you can in the way of preparation. And remember, if threatened, fight like a cornered cat. We are in a war, even if most people are still in denial. There are no dangerous weapons, there are only dangerous men (and women. Particularly women.) Coming from a country where owning a gun wasn’t an alternative, trust me when I say you can do damage with an umbrella, a ruler, a shoe, a scarf or your bare hands. Keep your mind flexible. Even if Gen. Mattis turned out to decide to sell honor for approbation in the media and cheap “revenge” his advice isn’t wrong: be kind, polite and have a plan for killing everyone you meet. The defining nature of civil…. instability is that switch overs are really sudden. It’s a normal day, you’re going around the corner on the way to school/work/etc, and suddenly you’re in the middle of a fight. Be ready. Some people have already been sucker punched by this. Don’t let it happen to you. Situational awareness, sure. But also make plans in your head for various contingencies.
3- Work. Work as hard as you can, as fast as you can. While you can. Also, learn and be creative. And start multiple streams of income now. One of the things when societies change shape rapidly is that it’s going to leave some people stranded, or high and dry, with their former skills useless. It’s going to leave some areas of the country lagging, confused, with nothing to support their population.
It will be temporary, and a new shape will take place. But make it easy on yourself. If you have crafts/other things you’re interested in? Learn now, plan now, acquire the implements and materials now.
And if you establish multiple streams of income. It’s unlikely they’ll all finish at the same time.
4- Get yourself safe. Now, this obviously is more urgent if you’re in a big blue city that’s suddenly become East Berlin in the 70s but twice as dangerous. If that’s where you are, it’s time to move. Start your plans as soon as you can. If you own a house, you want to be ahead of the curve, so you can get some money out of it, at least.
But for all of us, a change is coming. No, I’m not being mystical.
A change has already come. A lot of us live where we do for work/school/etc. And for a lot of us that went away over the last year, and the entire country is wide open.
This is the geographical equivalent of multiple streams of income. Is there a place where you always wanted to live (that’s not a big blue city)? Is there a place you have RELIABLE extended family/good friends who’ll loan assistance if you find yourself unhorsed in the convulsions ahead? If you still have to work in person, is there a place your job is likely to be in higher demand?
I think we all have between six months and a year before traveling/moving gets…. confusing. So, look around now, and see if you need to change your residence.
5- Prepare mentally. When I say the next two years are going to be going through hell with no galoshes, I’m not joking.
Prepare. Bad things are going to happen to people you love. You’re going to lose friendships, friends, family members.
No, I’m not telling you there’s a way to make this be good. I’m just saying that like a fighter who braces for a hit, you should brace. The hits are going to come. Don’t let them be a surprise. Surprise will paralyze you. Some things you can’t prepare for. All you can do is grit your teeth and decide you’ll survive. Do so now.
6- Make connections.
Particularly make connections with people you can trust. BE trustworthy and show it, so they’ll trust you too. Make connections in person, on line. If you care about people, make sure you have a way to contact them if the net goes down.
7- Don’t trust any news.
No, I didn’t say don’t trust any leftwing news. For now everything is on the 48 hour rule, good and bad. And reality test everything, even what you WANT to be true.
Don’t react. Analyze, study, look at the facts. (Again, and again, what are the facts? – RAH)
With the covidiocy such a resounding success, more psyops will be coming your way. Now most will be stupid — for us — “the Earth is going to burn in 8 years!” or “Donald Trump eats babies for breakfast.” Whatevs. But a lot of them will be smarter, more credible. Be aware of the ones that use your decency against you, as Covid did. Expect them to be: if you don’t denounce/abjure/whatever our enemies, people will die! Practice saying “Not my circus, not my monkeys,” and make it sound good.
The good Germans REALLY were trying to be good. Don’t be a good German.
8- If you can in preparations and relocation, plan on friends who might land on you, at the last minute with no preparation. That’s the price of community. Just be ready.
Yes, for the next two years we’re going to go through hell. We can’t do anything about that. What we can do is put on galloshes. At least it will protect us from some of the mud, if not the lava.
And be not afraid. The worst that can happen is we die, and that’s such a minor thing, and eventually will happen anyway.
It barely warrants mention, while we’re fighting for the future.