The Reality of Survivalism

In the first part of this post, I discussed how the post-industrial world and its associated ills have created the modern fascination with the apocalypse. Since this fringe-turned-pop culture movement is based in fantasy and imagination, rather than actual experience, it has given birth to a number of fallacies.


Riots in Buenos Aires, 2001

In 2001, the Argentine government defaulted on its loans and un-pegged the peso from the dollar, resulting in a swift devaluation. Along with the lead up to these events – high unemployment, unavailability of credit, a loss of faith in public institutions and rampant inflation, more than half the country was plunged into poverty, looting and riots.

After some research on the experiences of Argentines in a post economic collapse environment,  I’ve summarised some of the misconceptions about what surviving entails. (more…)

The Psychology of Survivalism

Survivalism has hit the mainstream. Thanks to Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers and AMC’s The Walking Dead, the virus has spread (excuse the pun). Now it’s not just Y2K nut jobs and Cold War era bunker builders who indulge in doomsday fantasies – these shows are reaching hundreds of thousands around the world.

Bloody Women

Bloody Women

What I want to discuss, is why? How did a fringe conspiracy movement move into a genre of its own, with a host of businesses springing up selling everything from ‘zombie kits’ to underground bomb shelters, MREs, machetes, firearms, survival training courses – you name it. (more…)