Galt’s Gulch: Here and Now

Apparently following the advice noted in this interesting ZH article on personal security measures in the evolving police state, one commenter notes:

Ok, I’m walking around the office in a hooded cloak to block my heat signature and I’ve got space blankets stuffed inside my clothes, which are covered with the local vegetation. But I still seem to be surrounded by drones.”

All of which serves to remind me to give a little more credit to our good friend M. Ragazzo, who has maintained (oh so naively I’ve believed) that practices such as avoiding mass media and supporting barter or alternative (local) currencies were practical barriers to the creeping new world order (my characterization).  To wit:  he might be (at least partly) correct.

Of course, he might still be surrounded by the dreaded drones, though I truly doubt it, as yet.  The real point, however, is that as more and more seats are removed from this little game of musical chairs (a recurring theme of mine), being willing and able to squat just makes sense.  More to the point:  Galt’s Gulch was never ever a place; it has always been a state of mind.

Aside from the (obvious) fact that both Galt and his “gulch” are fictional constructs, those most rabid of Rand fans who might, to this day, hope to create an actual geographic reality of the concept, might also just as easily paint targets on their backs, as the Montana Freeman, numerous militia groups, and assorted tax protesters have done.

So, anyway, fresh from a night of marathon “Doomsday Preppers”, I’m reminded once again that we might, now and again, imagine the sort of apocalyptic collapse (economic or otherwise), but that the truth of it is this:  the apocalypse is now.  It has been in formation and creeping upon us all for many, many years.

It’s true, some day – perhaps in the not to distant future, a more catastrophic “event” could occur, making these, quite rightly, “the good old days”.  But, even the band played on the deck of the Titanic and (most of us) still have families and day jobs and yards to mow.  The lesson, for me at least, is that “prepping” is all about the way we live our lives in the here and now.

As always, the guiding principles continue to be:  simplicity, self-sufficiency, meaning, and making the most of what you have right now. – HT


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