Nathan Leonard of Heathen Harvest reviews Survive:
The strategy for survival that Giorgio recommends is the development of a Sustainable Autonomous Base, which prepares for collapse by addressing seven fundamental principles. These seven principles are Water, Food, Hygiene and Health, Energy, Knowledge, Defense, and Social Bonds. There is a chapter for each principle, where the basics are discussed in depth, but even these chapters can only provide an outline for the necessary research and investment that one must undertake in the building of a personal Sustainable Autonomous Base. Giorgio emphasizes the fact that, in addition to preparing for the initial shock of collapse, a plan is also needed for sustainability. For instance, it is not enough to store food and water. One must be equipped with the knowledge of how to grow food and collect water indefinitely. The amount of work necessary for the average person to be ready is truly daunting and depressing, but as the last principle makes clear, this effort should be a community one. Sharing the work with friends and family is essential.
After reading Survive the Economic Collapse, you will recognize that society is on a path to destruction. You can either choose to change your ways and find the solution, or you can be part of the problem. Those who are part of the problem will be purged. They will not survive. It is as simple as that. Becoming a part of the solution is a difficult choice. It requires a complete change of consciousness, and the redirection of one’s life. Most will fail and die, but some will survive and their stories will be the legends that our descendants will pass on to their children. In the myth of the second creation, the wise will become gods. Will you become a legendary hero? Will you become a god?
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The European Union, after stirring turmoil in Ukraine and speaking out loud, does not follow through by carrying a big stick, not to mention its reliance on Russia’s gas imports. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! Watch Germany and the UK backpedal on this matter. The EU (I call it the EUSSRK–the European Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Kingdoms in my book) will do nothing, can do nothing, and reveals itself to be, once more, a useless, meaningless–and economically failing–entity. I don’t know about you, but EUnuch is the word that comes to mind.
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I will not pretend to know countries like the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary (we’ll talk about Slovenia, Croatia, and the rest of the Balkan countries in another article) extremely well. After all, I do not speak their languages (save for a few words to get by), nor did I ever live there for a long period of time. However, I think I can tell a bit about those countries’ national character, because I know their geography and economic structure well enough to dare propose a scenario for them if–no, when–the global economy collapses.
The crisis that began in 2008 with the bursting of the subprime mortgage bubble is no ordinary downturn. All observers understood this intuitively. Something has gone wrong with our world, something lying at the very foundation of our way of living, producing, and consuming—and even of our way of thinking.
This something that has just been broken is our faith in the millenarian mechanism of Progress.
“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness,” Samuel Beckett once quipped, a reminder that, when all else seems to be lost, there is still comedy. Hence, I was prone to take a cheeky attitude about the awful and tremendous dislocations now underway in the so- called “developed” world when I wrote my own recent books about it. As we march toward a reckoning with the mandates of reality, delusional thinking increases in direct proportion to the general anxiety level; the net effect appears to be an aggregate loss of intelligence, especially among people who ought to know better. What is more comically sublime than smart people acting stupidly?
In Survive, Piero writes:
Politicians of the Left, Right, and Center are unwilling to confront [the] elite, or perhaps don’t understand it exists. They get elected by promising miracles and delivering a shabby program of panem et circenses: subsidies, welfare goodies, imbecilic entertainment, and easy credit; none is willing to speak the truth and announce the blood, sweat, and tears that will be necessary to refound our nations on a sound basis once again. And après eux, le déluge . . .
Piero is no "treehugger," but in this short five-minute video he explains how he could no longer ignore all the signs of vast environmental devastation, from soil to water sources, with domino-like effects of mass migration, wars for resources, and other detrimental factors brought on by the infinite-growth ideology combined with irresponsibility.
A lot of my readers ask what I think about gold.
Gold and silver have been—since their discovery and ability to be melted and coined into bars, coins, and jewelry—the ubiquitous way for humans to store value. This stuff is unique at the atomic level, it's rare, it's shiny, it's easy to melt and mold, and it has been valued and coveted by almost every human all over the world throughout history. Its usefulness to store value is beyond discussion.
Making Survive: the Economic Collapse part of your daily life:
Piero recently gave a speech in Washington, DC (aka the Belly of the Beast) summarizing his book.
What the heck is peak oil, and haven't we heard this all before?
In this 11-minute video, Piero San Giorgio explains energy and resource scarcity, the limits of new technologies, and other factors relevant to current socio-economic and environmental conditions in a historic context and in popular terms.
Piero San Giorgio and renowned French philosopher, Alain de Benoist:
Great powers in History, such as Egypt, Persia, Rome, the Spain of Charles V, the Ottoman Empire, France under Louis XIV or Napoleon, Victorian England, Imperial or Nazi Germany, the USSR, China, or the United States of America all required a common founding myth, which gave their people the strength to devote their existence and give their lives in the service and for the glory of their cause. In the United States and the West, the myth is that of the middle class: everyone can dream of obtaining, through honest toil, a simulacrum of landed nobility, symbolized by a freestanding house with a bit of ground large enough for a lawn and a parking place.
(Piero San Giorgio, Survive: the Economic Collapse)
The most central and irrational faith among people is the faith in technology and economical growth. Its priests believe until their death that material prosperity brings enjoyment and happiness--even though all the proof in history has shown that only lack and attempt cause a life worth living, that material prosperity doesn't bring anything else than despair. These priests believe in technology still when they choke in their gas masks.