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December 19, 2009

Celente Predicts Survivalism Will Go Mainstream in 2010

Gerald Celente is the founder of The Trends Research Institute and has been able to accurately forecast pretty much everything that has happened in the last 3-4 years. Hal F. recently posted on JWR's SurvivalBlog.com an article from the 4th quarter edition of The Trends Journal. In that edition Celente is predicting that survivalism will go mainstream next year as a result of the continuing economic downturn. Below is the text of that article:

"Back in the Cold War days, survivalism meant building a bomb shelter and stocking it with enough food to outlast nuclear fallout. In the late 1970’s, with inflation soaring, Iran raging, and gold and oil prices skyrocketing, survival meant cashing out of paper money and heading for the hills with enough ammunition and pork & beans to wait out the economic and political storms.

In 2000, the Y2K crowd – the most recent breed of survivalists – expecting computer clocks to crash, infrastructure to break down and the world to go dark, were armed and barricaded with enough food to feed an army and enough ammunition to hold one off.

In 2010, survivalism will go mainstream. Unemployed or fearing it, foreclosed or nearing it, pensions lost and savings gone, all sorts of folk who once believed in the system, having witnessed its battering, have lost their faith. The realities of failing financial institutions, degrading infrastructure, manipulated marketplaces, soaring energy costs, widening wars, and terror consequences have created a new breed of survivalist (preppers). Motivated not by worst-case scenario fears but by do-or-die necessity, the new non-believers, unwilling to go under or live on the streets, will devise ingenious stratagems to beat the system, get off the grid (as much as possible), and stay under the radar."

I added in the term preppers because that's exactly what he's talking about. Preppers are the new breed of survivalists spawned by fears of economic downturn. Preppers are the ones getting prepared for the possibility of job loss, currency devaluation, and a weakening infrastructure. Preppers are the ones who are willing to take their future into their own hands by storing up food, water, and all other supplies to go with it. It's because of our resilience and will to live that we're getting prepared for this type of scenario. Just as Celente points out, these new survivalists (preppers) are not motivated by 2012 scares or nuclear war, but feel we must do this out of necessity. I hope more and more people will heed the warning and start getting prepared.