The United States of America is now bankrupt. It does not matter which political party will be in power over the next decades, the over-hang of $100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities from the local to Federal level, plus a hollow banking system, means there is no way to tax ourselves enough, or even cut spending enough, to have any chance to grow our way out of our problems. We are headed towards economic collapse.
What this means is that the productive elements of society will at some point go on strike, whether by choice or because they are forced to pack up their bags and hide. From Ayn Rand's famous novel Atlas Shrugged, comes the phrase "Who Is John Galt". Galt is the character who epitomizes the productive entrepreneur so fed up with the restrictions of the bureaucrats and corporatists that he decides to start a revolt of society's creators. In our current financial dilemma, Randís theme has lead to the suggestion that productive citizens may only be able to survive by "Going Galt" and dropping out.
But how does one survive if one drops out of society, even for a short period? That's what this book is about, how to survive the upcoming economic collapse everyone knows is coming. That doesn't mean you can avoid shopping for food at inflated prices, or make your own gasoline, or live in a bomb shelter; that isn't practical. Instead it means: You will have to take aggressive financial measures to protect your assets. It means you will want to grow some food if you can. It means you will have to stockpile food for when social and infrastructure problems arise. It means you will need to find power sources off the grid to supplement your fuel needs.
How do you do all these things? "Going Galt", gives you a starting point. What this book is not is anti-government, or anti-tax, those are armchair discussions for the idle class. What "Going Galt" is about is surviving No Matter What Happens.
About the Author
Daxton Brown is a mechanical engineer, commercial realtor and writer living in Las Vegas. He has worked on a number of startup business projects including a successful television station as well as a development project in Whampoa Garden, Hong Kong. In short, Daxton is well acquainted with the entrepreneurial ethic that made our country great. As everyone, he worries about the world we will leave our families and the younger generation. Because of his broad business and technical background, he joins many analysts in dismay over where America is headed financially, and has brought his expertise to bear writing on what individuals can do to survive the approaching storm. The result is "Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon". He wishes all success in overcoming the rough waters that face us.
I've been reading the book on my Kindle and it is pretty good, giving much detail about what you would need to be prepared. He goes into all kind of detail about generators, weapons, water, etc. There is a first hand account about lessons from Katrina that is very interesting. If you want to hunker down for a year, this book will tell you what you need.
I will not be stockpiling a year's supply of stuff as he recommends, I simply do not have the space and I don't want to have an excuse for hoarding. I do, however, have a Red Cross emergency preparedness bag that came with the car to which I've added some stuff like warm socks, hat, change of clothes, toiletries, extra batteries, peanut butter and tools. Hopefully, I'll be fine until help arrives or the situation passes.
Are you doing anything to prepare for when the sh*t hits the fan???
What's in your bug-out bag?