Episode-200- Future Predictions from The Survival Podcast — 10 Comments

  1. Jack, I’ve not had a chance yet to listen to this episode; but do have question, do you think, beyond the increasing amount of people producing for themselves, will we see a return to more family farms and the sense of community that existed in our grandparents day (in my case, the 1930s were when they were my current age)? Also, and I am increasingly getting anxious here (metaphorically, not with the podcast), really consider bailing out of the system and take our losses, to save ourselves from the likely worse to come scenario that I foresee?

  2. @BlackMacX

    Yes I do see a return to the “family farms” but I think they will be a lot different then the farms of the 30s. The people in that time were great people but they were farming already with a lot of chemicals and were heavily into monoculture. It was all they knew/were taught.

    The new movement will be much more diverse and will be about the local community more then anything else. Even the family with 20 acres in 1935 was often shipping grain via a wholesaler far away. The new farmers will be growing dozens to hundreds of species on even small plots of land, they will practice varying degrees of permaculture as well. Some of the new “family farms” will really be small scale food forests, some will be intensively managed orchards and some will be bigger versions of what the Dervaes are doing in SoCal.

    As for bailing out I understand, I would not do it due to fear right now though. However, we are all faced with the following questions.

    1. Am I happy where I am, if not what is that lack of happiness costing me?

    2. If I would be happier elsewhere and say I can’t afford to go there, is that true? Do people who are not wealthy live where I want to go? If so how do they do it, can I do it as well?

    3. What do I as a human really want in my life?

    Those are the things that I predict will cause a lot of migration away from ciies in the future. If the SHTF sure the cities may become war zones but “even if they don’t” many of us (I suspect you as well) are growing tired of them and the promises they claim to offer but seldom fufil.

    In other words make you choices based on what you want and getting to it the best way possible not based on your fears.

  3. Great show Jack !!! My fear at this point is I would have to win a lottery to get as remote and independent as you and Clemente infer will be needed. Oh well , guess I will just do the best I can and keep working at it .

  4. Jack good show i wonder what will happen if they did just the oppisite of what you said and tried to shove one religon down our throats. I cant remember what country they did this in and made all other beliefs illegal dont think that will happen hear just thinking.

  5. Another great show.
    I am one of those who is getting closer to retirement age, but, I really don’t expect to be able to collect. I would be thrilled to be able to just get back what I paid in – only.
    I will have to keep working even if I do get anything. (If I’m able)

    I am not entering the contest. I’m really not into “tactical”. But, I wish those who do enter luck!

  6. Totally agree about the move towards non-church community groups. I’ve been a pastor for the past few years and am starting to educate people locally about sustainable living. A big part of what I do is encourage people to develop relationships locally. One of my goals is to “take the bible study group out of the church”.

  7. Jack,

    Having listened now to the episode, though you suggest people will be living a more rural lifestyle and more rurally, what are your thoughts on potential population growth in the small cities (say between 50,000 to 100,000 in size) and use of those cities as locations for a halfway move from large urban areas to going completely rural? I know you spoke about depopulation of large urban areas, just thought to ask your thoughts on it.

    Further to your comment about my upper post, I agree, each person has to answer certain questions for themselves. That\\\’s why I ask my questions, why I listen to the show and why my wife and I agree that we do need to get out to the big city and reduce the stress of modern life.

  8. I learned about this site from the Lew Rockwell site. This was my first time to listen to a full show. I live in CO between Steamboat Springs and Winter Park and I have been watching the price of land doing exactly like Montana and other places like that. My husband and I should have bought land when we got married but we thought we would have time. We live in the house he grew up in, and in the last 3yrs we have lost 4 big 100yr old trees to the pine beetle invasion. So we have put in fruit trees, thanks to global warming (we call it the ending of the last ice age but who are we to argue with some of the best gov’t grant recievers out there.)we have went from zone 2 when we married to a zone 4-5 now. We also tilled all of the lawn and are growing a garden, and have a chicken house and ducks. My comment after all of this long winded information was about my neighbors who think we are nuts, there biggest complaints to us and the Town Board was regarding the lawn, they think we should keep on wasting water for the grass. I told them they could resind the hooved animal law and I would put something out there that likes grass, but they said no

  9. Just a quick note, you are completely wrong about argon beeing poisonous. Only way argon can kill you is by replacing all the oxygen. Argon is an invert gas and its cousine helium is used in diving.
    Carbon dioxide on the other hand can and will kill you at the levels you mention.

    Wikipedia explains this if you want to read more.