Over the past couple of days, I have been looking for peaceful responses to the topic of systemic failures. I have received lots of responses. Some came through this site. Other came through my inbox and social platforms.
It remains to be seen if they are peaceful.
Fellow blogger Elisheva Levin asked, “How can we be saying that free market capitalism has failed when we haven’t had free market capitalism?…What is failing is various forms of plutocracies, autocracies, and the welfare state, none of which respect the market and all of which see human beings as collectives in which individuals are subservient to the group.”
Regarding the legal system she said, “in a society ruled by looters, it is beneficial to them to write regulations in such a way that we are all breaking one law or another, so that they can pick us off when we become inconvenient to them. As you so well know, this is not justice, it is unmitigated force and plunder.”
Ray Wiggins, Frank’s son, replied to yesterday’s article by saying, “It is sad they let the defenders of their countries sufferer financially while they profit on their loss.”
Another reader, who asked not to be identified, provided insight into what is going on in many areas. “This community is armed and preparing for whatever comes. Seems to me that people are quickly getting into place with the support systems they may need.”
This comment comes from an online discussion regarding whether we should arrest or contain those who run the failing systems. “I’ve already “arrested” the entire banking industry when I pulled out of their system. All it would take is everyone on the planet to do that, and you would see CEOs standing by the side of the road with signs that say, “Anything Helps.” No law enforcement needed.”
A Facebook friend posted this yesterday, “Although I have supported them for years, and enjoyed the benefits of their efforts my entire life, I have never been a member of the NRA…till tonight. I hope my friends who are not members will join also. I think it is critical at this juncture.”
Each person I’ve quoted above has a distinctly different belief system. Each lives at least one hundred miles away from the others. Each works in a profession that provides a unique perspective on the world. Most have four years of college education. Some have six or eight years.
However, each person has drawn a similar conclusion.
The systems are failing. Therefore, they believe they must prepare to live outside those systems.
Some are preparing by purchasing basic necessities. Some are preparing by buying guns and ammunition. Some are preparing by networking with people they can trust.
They are looking without and accepting the situation of systemic failures.
Then, they are looking within to find a way to become personally responsible for survival in this ever-changing landscape.
While I may disagree that acquiring guns and ammunition is the peaceful response, I cannot argue with the other preparation steps.
In addition, the fact that more and more people are looking within gives me reason to believe that we will sort out the details during this transition and do it peacefully.
By the way, I have recently heard reports of significant events that could hasten this transition. I’ll write about those starting tomorrow.