Five Rules to Getting Along in the Post-Collapse Economy
Contributed by Partisan
September 14, 2012
Number 1: You will live in a barter economy and you must be a producer
or offer a valuable service. Those who own the means of production or
who can independently produce a valuable good, who are proficient in
their trades, or who can readily prepare and distribute products to
market are economic survivors, plain and simple.
Rule Number 2:
You must have cash, durable goods, or precious metals to use as
currency. There could be a disruption of the system that doesn’t harm
the perceived value of the dollar, which is a great reason to keep some
on hand – especially if you can offload them for something you need
after a catastrophic event occurs.
Rule Number 3: The width and
depth of your “tribal network” will determine the quality of your life
above survival. Pre-collapse, you must meet medical providers, those
with means of mass transportation (truck drivers, delivery drivers,
etc.), others in the “merchant class”, radio operators, local law
enforcement, and all your neighbors. These people are going to
facilitate transactions so you can meet your immediate needs.
Number 4: You must have a means of communication aside from land line
or cellular phones. In a grid down situation, cellular towers will not
work. You need a shortwave radio and a citizens band radio, at a very
minimum, to keep up-to-date with your environment, external factors, and
emergencies. These will allow you to communicate short range with your
neighbors and others in your community; and will be a highly effective
way to barter or make trade agreements. Information regarding external
factors such as aid or community meetings will be communicated over
radio waves. Finally, if you cannot communicate in an emergency, you or
someone you know will become a casualty. Similarly, your community
must set up its own farmers market/trading post. Supply and demand will
make themselves aware here. Farmers markets aren’t just for goods;
they’re also places where you can make yourself available if you provide
a service or find someone who provides a service you need.
Number 5: Your community must have a mechanism to enforce basic laws.
Theft, unlawful violence, and the unlawful threat of violence can derail
your community’s ability to trade. If you have goods to trade or you
need goods from someone else, those items must arrive safely and on
time. Maybe your local law enforcement will not be affected; but maybe
it will – and what then? If you have no plan to secure yourself and
your property then you will not thrive, much less survive.
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