Before one decides to start living a survivalist lifestyle I highly recommend they take an honest account of their unique situation in this world and set realistic priorities. The truth is that one size does not fit all and to attempt to conform to rigid ideas of survivalism is likely a recipe for disappointment or disaster.
Case in point, your first goal should be to figure out whether or not you’re even well suited for survivalism. I would venture to say that if you’re older than sixty five or suffer from a severe physical handicap, you’re best bet would be to completely forget about investing time or money into equipment and training. While this might not fit the bill of many people on this blog, chances are you have parents or other loved ones that do. Don’t hassle them by trying to get them to do something they shouldn’t. Instead, encourage them to live life to the fullest in their own way.
For the rest of us, we’ve still got a lot of life left to live. The next step is to figure out what type of survivalist you are. There are three strategies of which one will suit you best.
The most optimal strategy is a person who can thrive in both a stationary setting as well as a mobile one. This type of person will generally make a good income, be self-sufficient and/or highly networked within a trusted community, live in a survival rich setting, but also not have responsibilities that cannot easily be walked away from. This person is usually wealthy enough to live in a home with stockpiles, gardens and savings, but healthy enough to take flight from it all if the location becomes compromised.
Less optimally, one has to choose to be either stationary or mobile, but not both. In that case, I recommend focusing on the strategy that fits you best. In my case I am more geared towards mobility. This is because I make very little money and do not, and will not, have children. My wife and I are young and healthy and have very few responsibilities. Home ownership in the foreseeable future is out of the question. Because of this many options are off the table, such as gardening, acquiring tools, and stockpiling.
The brunt of my articles on survivalism will be directed towards individuals who consider themselves to be highly mobile. But I am in need of guest contributors who can help disseminate information for the stationary anarchists. If you feel confident that you can teach our readers how to persevere at home in times of great difficulty from an anarchist perspective, please consider doing so. I set up this website as an instrument of education for the voluntaryist community to help each other.
In conclusion, I’d like to share another entertaining documentary for viewing this weekend. If you’re not sure which of the three categories you’d fall under, watch this to help determine just that. If you find the prospect of going through the rigors of the Pacific Crest Trail abhorrent or simply beyond your ability, it’s okay. It just means you would be better suited for stationary survivalism, because mobility in times of crises will likely be much more difficult than this. Lastly, if survivalism isn’t fun for you, you’re doing it wrong. And I’m going to do my best to make sure that it is. Enjoy!