Urban Survival in an Economic Collapse
I recently finished reading a book by Fernando Ferfal Aguirre called, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse. The book is a first hand account of Mr. Aguirre’s life during Argentina’s economic collapse in 2001. If you didn’t already know, up until 2001, Argentina consistently ranked in the top 5 countries in the world as far as overall livability, economic strength, etc. If you think about this, it means that Argentina, while it may not have been quite as prosperous as the US, was right up there with countries like the UK, Germany, and Japan. It was not, as many assume, a third world country like many in South and Central America. In 2001, due to extensive corruption on a governmental level and some other major issues, their economy destabilized. Mr. Aguirre’s account of the ensuing chaos is harrowing to say the least. And it rings true in my ears.
In a major economic collapse, the chances of everything changing in a cataclysmic event are slim to none. In Argentina, it wasn’t the end of the world, it was just the end of their world as it had been. Life went on, people (a few) still went to work, people still bought food (when the stores could get it), and some things stayed similar. What happened was that everything became extremely difficult and much more dangerous. It was harder to get work. It was much more unsafe to be out and about. It even became more unsafe in your own home due to a huge increase in armed robberies and home invasion type events.
A few items that I was interested to see that Mr. Aguirre recommends getting done before such a collapse happens–
- Get a year or two worth of grain and food.
- Get your basic health needs taken care of–dentist, skin (dermatology), get in shape.
- Learn to be aggressively defensive.
- Learn to fight, whether it is with your hands, a weapon such as a knife or gun, or whatever else it may be.
He spends quite a few chapters discussing specific events that happened–such as a home invasion by one guy against a house of multiple people–and how they could have been prevented had the people understood how to fight and how to resist. The book is quite graphic. It details some really horrific events. It also teaches us the lessons we must learn to be able to survive in an economic collapse. As I said before, I am not saying that is what will happen here, but if it were to happen the question I ask of myself and of you is, Are you ready?Tags: food, urban survival