Monday, 12 July 2010
More and more Americans preparing for Civil War 2
From the outside, in the northwestern US state of Oregon, a nondescript house with a manicured front lawn has little to differentiate it from those of the neighbors.
But tucked away out of sight in the backyard are the signs of preparations for doomsday, a catastrophic societal collapse that the 45 year old owner now believes is likely within his lifetime.
“I’ve got, under an awning, stacks of firewood, rain catching in barrels, I’ve got a shed with barbed concertina wire, like the military uses,” he told AFP.
He and his wife also have also stockpiled thousands of rounds of ammunition and enough food for about six months.
“...I’m going to be adding some more structural improvements to the door frames to make it hopefully virtually impossible to take a battering ram to them.”
E. and others like him in the United States and elsewhere see political upheaval and natural disasters as clear signs that civilization is doomed.
His pessimism is shared by a wide range of people, from left-wing environmentalists who believe climate change and capitalist greed will doom human society to Christian fundamentalists who think sin will do the same.
They label themselves “preppers,” “doomers,” and “survivalists,” and take a variety of different approaches to the same question: How best to prepare for the coming apocalypse?
Posted by sysiphus at 13:04