Plan B: What I Plan to Do If Collapse Seems Certain

By Dom Nozzi

There is a growing number of books published in recent years that expect significant turbulence or collapse for transportation/government/society/economics in the US in the near future. A few of the books I’ve recently read on this grim topic:

The Town that Food Saved

The Big Short

The End of Oil

Why your world is about to get a whole lot smaller

$20 Per Gallon

Running On Empty

Reinventing Collapse

The End of America

The Coming Economic Collapse

Twilight in the Desert

The Collapse of Complex Societies


Also, in recent days, this…

Michael Ruppert on why Peak Oil will result in societal/government/economic collapse soon… a prediction about the likely (?) collapse of the Stock Market…
 July 04, 2010
Strategies:  A Market Forecast That Says ‘Take Cover’ 
A proponent of the Elliott Wave theory for market forecasting sees trouble ahead: a slide worse than the Great Depression or the Panic of 1873.

Given all of this, I’ve given some thought to what sort of “Plan B” I envision for myself. How can I be more resilient to future changes and uncertainty – without opting for extreme measures such as selling all my possessions and living as a hermit in a cave?

Here is a “work in progress” list of what I’ve come up with so far…

1. Downsize my possessions so that I’m more mobile and nimble.

2. Live in a walkable place (compact enough to allow me to walk to both recreation and things I need regularly: grocery store, doctor, dentist, friends, household retail, hardware, etc.). A place that I like so much that I want to live in the community for the rest of my life.

3. Cash out (liquefy) my investments (before the stock market tanks), and pay cash (to avoid a mortgage) for a pre-1930 house with a yard large enough for a vegetable garden, in a walkable neighborhood (preferably a house that is reasonably self-sufficient for energy and water). Even if the housing market & economy ALSO crashes, at least I’d have a roof over my head.

4. Have a life partner. And reliable, trustworthy friends who live nearby.

5. Continue cultivating pursuits that don’t require gas or electricity, such as hiking, socializing and reading.

Despite all I’ve read that suggests a grim future, I’m not much of an “End of the World” type person. I intend to continue doing the best I can by living a healthy, enjoyable, low-impact, low-energy lifestyle (including teaching classes & other things to communicate and listen). It is likely, after all, that even if one is successful in “building a lifeboat” to weather a future collapse, how gratifying would life be if one lived on an island, when all around was economic, social, and governmental misery? How, for example, would such a person protect themselves from desperate, marauding hordes of people wanting to steal from you because they did not prepare in advance?



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