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Why Preppers Weren’t Really Prepared For The Pandemic

Among the many lessons of the pandemic thus far is that the world was — and remains — woefully unprepared. But not everyone in the world. For one cohort, COVID-19 has presented the very crisis they’ve long awaited, what they sometimes call “The Big One.” They are preppers, also known as survivalists; they stockpile food, guns, and emergency equipment in expectation of the eventual collapse of society. Our producer Micah Loewinger immersed himself in the prepper mediasphere to find out how the current crisis is matching up with the hypothetical threats they had predicted. He speaks with Richard Mitchell, author of Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times, about why this long-awaited moment has shaken the prepper world to its core.

This is a segment from our March 20, 2020 program, Bracing for Impact.

59 Comments on "Why Preppers Weren’t Really Prepared For The Pandemic"

  1. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 5:00 pm 

    We’ll all have hair styles like in the sixties… or 17th century:

    “Hair salons MUST close too due to coronavirus because stylists are constantly in clients’ ‘personal space’, demands Tory MP after pubs, restaurants and gyms were forced to shut“

  2. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 5:11 pm 

    This will be the picture world-wide the coming weeks: makeshift “hospitals” in giant halls, with patients struggling to get air. A bit like drowning for an entire week:

    “‘The worst is yet to come’: Spanish PM tells nation to prepare for ‘hard days ahead’ as Madrid exhibition centre is transformed into giant hospital – while coronavirus death toll hits 1,720 with 28,572 cases“

  3. makati1 on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 5:58 pm 

    A lot of Davy cut and paste and delusional bullshit in this line. LOL

  4. Davy on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 6:17 pm 

    wow, makato, you are fucked!

    “Philippines Inc. Seeks ‘Massive’ Stimulus to Stem Virus Hit” Bloomberg

    About a week into the month-long lockdown of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, businessmen are calling for a 281 billion peso ($5.52 billion) fiscal stimulus to soften the economic blow of the spreading coronavirus outbreak that has displaced millions of workers. More than 700 factories and 400 economic zones have been shut, while doctors are warning of a possible collapse in the healthcare system as infections rise. A recession is possible because consumption, the main Philippine economic engine, is set to slump as the lockdown could be extended nationwide and run longer, Capital Economics said. A “massive stimulus” and “forceful action” are needed to counter the effects of the pandemic, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries and 31 other business groups said in a statement. The lockdown is “literally a matter of life and death” for millions of workers and their families that “may trigger violence and longer-term social tensions,” they said. The Philippines has scrambled in recent days to contain the outbreak, starting with a lockdown of Luzon, the home to almost 60 million people that accounts for at least 70% of its economy. To mitigate the damage, the central bank cut interest rates by 50 basis points on Thursday while President Rodrigo Duterte wants Congress to add to this year’s 4.1 trillion peso budget. “You don’t want to kill the goose that lays the golden egg,” said Jonathan Ravelas, an economist at BDO Unibank Inc. “Consumers are hurting. It’s bigger trouble for government and businesses if the hit on households is wider… The country’s virus cases have risen to 380 with 25 deaths. Hospitals are strained from rising infections, blamed in part by Duterte’s critics on his reluctance to slam the doors on travelers from China when the virus first broke out. While containment of affected areas will slow the spread of the virus, the government should set up centers for infected patients, according to a joint statement by 11 of Manila’s biggest private hospitals. “The prospect of the healthcare delivery systems crashing down is imminent and real,” they said. “It is already happening.”

  5. Davy on Sun, 22nd Mar 2020 11:21 pm 

    Were number 3 now! Were number 3!

    34,000 confirmed infections and rising by the hour. We likely to be number 1 later on this week!

    GO TRUMP!!!

    Make America number 1 again!

  6. makati1 on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 12:13 am 

    A lot of Davy cut and paste and delusional bullshit in this line. LOL

    Trying to tell me what it is like here when you are 8,000 miles away Davy, and referencing the propaganda filled USMSM as a source.

    Of course it will need a stimulus, but not on the scale of the dying US. The government is supplying all of its needy with the necessities. What is the US doing? Adding trillions to the national debt that the serfs will be expected pay. Most of the $$ will go to the elite…unless the serfs decide to take their heads instead. Fun to watch from here. LOL

  7. Richard G on Mon, 23rd Mar 2020 3:21 pm 

    The coronavirus is karma to the US government for its wars, sanctions, human rights abuses etc.

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  9. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 24th Mar 2020 3:32 am 

    Italian doctor: death by Corona is the worst possible death

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