From Afghanistan to Wokeistan

Written by Peter Smith

Idiocracy, Evil Cabal or Foreign Intrigue?

It is difficult to accurately parse how much of the spiraling dysfunction and gross incompetence that is currently on display within our institutional and governmental entities can be attributed to 'natural causes' such as bureaucratic bloat or the organic outgrowth of “Civilizational Decline,” versus what one could reasonably assign to malign intent or deliberate “enemy action,'' be that by a “shadowy cabal,” foreign power(s), or domestic enemies. Or, as is more likely in this hyper-complex global environment, a multifactoral often dynamic combination of all of the above elements.

The Long View

The latest debacle – the rapid collapse of our puppet government in Kabul and the resulting botched and humiliating withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan – marked the official loss of this ignominious twenty year war. Leaving aside the tragic cost in human life and suffering, the price tag of this 2.3 trillion (net of CIA opium sales) boondoggle is a testament to the immense scale of structural corruption and self-dealing by the congressional military industrial complex. Such epic dysfunction can certainly be attributed to the organic consequences and processes of the decline of Empire and serves as a textbook example of the “Senility of the Elites.” This conceptual turn of phrase was eloquently elucidated by John Michael Greer in his seminal 2014 essay Dark Age America: the Senility of the Elites, which captures the dynamic of structural incompetence as a function of mediocrity and self-perpetuating conformity of thought and “problem solving” within aging and sclerotic institutions. While the term “Senility of the Elites” is mostly metaphorical, it is not hard to see its literal implications when witnessing the glaring cognitive decline of Biden and the less frequent but no less obvious gaps of competence on both sides of our Octogenarian-heavy elite “leadership.”
“...Every group of social primates has an inner core of members who have more access to the resources controlled by the group, and more influence over the decisions made by the group, than other members. How individuals enter that core and maintain themselves there against their rivals varies from one set of social primates to another—baboons settle such matters with threat displays backed up with violence, church ladies do the same thing with social maneuvering and gossip, and so on—but the effect is the same: a few enter the inner core, the rest are excluded from it. That process, many times amplified, gives rise to the ruling elite of a civilization.” - John Michael Greer
Still, despite the obvious structural dysfunction plaguing the decision-making in Washington, the level of tactical incompetence displayed in the withdrawal and evacuation of Afghanistan was so stupendously awful with elements of timing and sequencing diametrically opposite to military best practices as to give credence to the theory that it amounts to intentional sabotage.

But to what end? Cui Bono? There are many entities both foreign and domestic that benefit. China, Russia, Iran – even EU Integrationists such as Macron with his push for an independent EU military force – are among the international entities that benefit geo-strategically and economically from America’s humiliating denouement in Afghanistan.

Certainly, there is likewise no shortage of political rivals and agendas domestically in the cutthroat byzantine world of DC politics that could stand to gain from Biden’s humiliation in what from all appearances will likely prove to ultimately be a mortal political wound.

The Manchurian Candidate?

Despite the reflexive popularity with the Conservative Right to pin Biden's moves on his past “Association” with China, I would not look to subterfuge from China in this instance. It is true that they have motive, and a history of successfully compromising corrupt members of our political class, including the “Big Guy” himself. However, the rewards of amplifying what was already an inevitable defeat and withdrawal from Afghanistan don't nearly justify the risks of actual tampering.

To the extent that he ever was, Biden is effectively burnt as an “asset” given the exposure that he received during the election cycle and the hard security re-pivot to Asia underway. Moreover, the Biden Administration’s decision to follow through with Trump’s original initiative to withdraw troops has all the hallmarks of being motivated by self-interested domestic political considerations, positioning for midterm elections in a cynical effort to co-opt the populist peace vote and shore up their legislative control. At least until such time as they’ve structurally altered the electoral system to achieve an unassailable permanent “Democratic” majority.

China’s actions regarding Afghanistan have been overt, consisting of fostering diplomatic relations with the Taliban and neighboring states in preparation for the US’ inevitable withdrawal and a post-US Central Asian order. In addition to the windfall of strategic and economic benefits that a cooperative alliance with the Taliban brings them, they are motivated to use their increased Central Asian influence to check importation of radical Jihadists to their gas-rich, far-northwest autonomous region of Xinjiang.

This is congruent with their cultural and historical emphasis on long horizon decision making and their demonstrated strategic MO which, like that of Russia, has been consistent in avoiding and minimizing risks of direct confrontation with the US, with its potential for escalation outside of all but their immediate sphere of territorial and critical “Red Line” interests.

Simply put, they are content to let the US and its flailing machinery of empire continue to score “own goals” while they run out the clock and continue to make steady, incremental progress winning geopolitical hearts and minds with diplomacy, economic, technological, and military aid initiatives.

This is not to say that they are a benevolent force for good! The CCP is as inherently good as you might imagine any totalitarian State might be. Or, that they are not engaged in a major power competition (war) with the US across a full spectrum of domains. They clearly are. It simply means that any assessment of their culpability for an alleged behavior or potential future actions (Taiwan invasion) in the geopolitical sphere needs to reconcile with a realistic cost-benefit risk analysis that makes sense from their demonstrated cautious long-term strategic perspective.

In addition to China, I would rule out any of the other non-empire aligned foreign interests as having significantly influenced the withdrawal debacle – for the simple fact such parties lack the levers of power and influence that would extend deep enough into the intelligence and military command apparatus that control events on the ground in a theater like Afghanistan.

There is however a class of ‘suspect’ that does have those levers of power and influence at that operational level. Not coincidentally, they are the same cast of characters which brought us the original invasion of Afghanistan and the rest of the “Global War on Terror.” I speak, of course, of the Neocons, whose influence and presence in the permanent bureaucracy (Deep State) of our governing institutions – particularly within the CIA, State Department and Pentagon – remains a pervasive cancer on the body politic.

It is worth noting that most of the dysfunction on display in Biden’s withdrawal debacle could be attributed to intelligence and communication “failures.” As bad as it was, the tactical withdrawal plan, timeline, and sequence was predicated on grossly incorrect assumptions about the staying power and motivation of the Afghan army and government in Kabul. It is clear that both political and military leaders were operating from an information deficit which led to the cascading failures and resulting chaos. The operative question is whether that intelligence deficit was, in part, intentional.

If there was “sabotage” or malign intent amplifying and exacerbating the manifest incompetence that is so evident, it would most likely be the aforementioned Deep State elements who are responsible. Either in the hopes of derailing the withdrawal, or at a minimum, to set a “Disaster Precedent” to handicap Biden and stymie future withdrawals from Iraq and Syria by him or any future successor who might be so inclined.

There is certainly a history of these same Deep State elements obstructing Trump’s efforts to end occupations and withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. There is a litany of evidence of them slow walking or directly ignoring orders, concealing actual troop counts, leaking “faked” intelligence reports (Russian Bounties), etc.

What is evident now is that these elements within Biden’s State Department leaked embarrassing memos that discredit Biden and Blinken’s evacuation narrative and the CIA News Network (CNN) itself – along with other stalwarts of the establishment media – have broken rank with Biden on the issue. That tells us that there are some “philosophical differences” between the administration and the National Security State and special interests that actually run things. Not coincidentally, given the make up of Biden’s team, we saw similar frictions when Obama pushed back against the “security” agenda and pushed through the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). It is also notable that, even before the blood was dry on Biden’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal, he received a visit from Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, who “…wanted assurances that the US will not withdraw its remaining forces from Iraq and Syria and would support Israel fully if it should choose to attack Iran.” Watching this unfolding dynamic and how it resolves will be very telling.

Regardless of palace intrigues and even without the humiliation component, the loss in Afghanistan is hugely significant. It is the first major retrenchment from the keystone occupation of the ostensible “Global War on Terror.” But in reality, it marks the likely beginning of the end for “American Global Dominance.” It is analogous to losing a valuable chess piece positioned in the center of the board – or in this case, a country that is central to the most strategic position of “The Great Game”—the ongoing struggle for world dominance by securing control of Mackinder’s “World Island,” the strategically and economically critical population and resource rich land mass of Eurasia. Given the strategic significance of its location, it is no coincidence that Afghanistan is known as the Graveyard of Empires.

The humiliating way that the West retreated from Afghanistan compounded the loss and amplified that signal to friends and foes alike, no doubt hastening the inevitable realignments that will flow from here. Saudi Arabia was busy signing a military cooperation agreement with Russia on Aug 23rd, even as the chaotic retreat unfolded. The first of what is a now a trickle, but will over time turn into a flood of similar events for an empire in decline.

In Part 2, we will explore the international rise of woke fascism and examine the emergence of the National Security State and Totalitarianism in the West, including its relationship to the events of 9/11 and the Pandemic.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

The republic is lost. As we are witnessing national wide looting by « ruling class » and special interest groups, the situation will grow more chaotic until we have civil war in almost everywhere in western countries. New factions have to emerge and will have to reorganize around sound principles and a new constitution. That appears to be the only way to get rid of all this corruption.


I agree with the content, but feel more obligated to point out the quality and idea density of the writing. Excellent work and an excellent choice of articles.


Nice! Thanks ??
I’ve been following Afghanistan. I enjoyed Scott Horton’s Fool’s Errand.
Dmitry Kofinas’ last three interviews 205,206,207 were fantastic! Laurel Miller, Johnathan Schroden, and Daniel Markey respectively.


I always thought that this site was about helping people to deal with the consequences of the inevitable decline that we’d see as a consequence of reaching the limits to growth in our country and/or civilization. Whether that would manifest mainly as peak oil, climate change, another resource crisis, supply chain issues, a pandemic, the events described in Revelation showing up in all their glory, or something else wasn’t clear.
Now, if you really believe that there is a real crisis, you do one of these things:

  1. Prepare
  2. Help others to prepare
  3. Run and do whatever you think needs doing because the time to act is now.
    What you don’t do at all, if you believe there is a real crisis, is hang around and discuss issues going on far away.
    What’s going on, people? It would have been more honest to bring the site down for a while than this.
    And by the way, I think I’m doing (2) because I’ve done (1) as much as I can, and as for (3), at this point in time, I really don’t know what’s the best course of action.

Exactly and more.


Articles like this can clarify thinking for those of us well into the prepping journey (ie, “Holy moley, this convinces me it’s time to head to my bug out location!”), but for those who are only beginning it might steel their resolve and get them to shorten their timelines, and for those who are only just awakening, it might quicken that process.
For me, who’s been about the prepping journey a decade-plus, this article is one more noodge to give up my small business and make the shift to farming out in the jungle. To each their own journey!
VIVA – Sager


Too much fluff in this part 1. Found it hard to read. Now is not the time to write a novel.


Because we care about improving our understanding of the changes we are facing.
This applies to the macro issues unfolding in the world and the micro issues about what is happening in our garden. This site is about information and it needs to and does provide that for a wide spectrum of individuals.
Fortunately we still have a choice about what we want to read and if an article is not of interest then you can move on without penalty.
Marie, Your comment:
" It would have been more honest to bring the site down for a while than this."
in my opinion is a clear attempt at gaslighting and ignores any interests other than your own, which by the way, are not clear to me.


@Maria, PP is all about the things you say. But for people to prepare and plan they must first understand why it is necessary, and be able to assess their risks & feasible options based on their unique situations. I would say most all of the long time members are well prepared and many are actively helping others - part of that is by sharing expertise and wisdom. So to that end I would suggest your list be amended to this:

  1. Understand (well) that which is relevant to your life
  2. Prepare
  3. Help others
  4. Keep abreast of new & ever involving information to know whether running is even an option, and if not, what does one need to do to survive and hopefully even thrive while staying put.
You are relatively new here. One of the reasons some of us have the time to discuss is because we have already done all the preparing and are by and large in maintenance mode, adjusting as we learn new info. Our knowledge basis is ever growing in response to the ever evolving nature of our worlds. Core prepping remains the same, but individual situations and risks do not. Thus the need for ongoing discussions to share info that may be of benefit to others.

The issues in Afghanistan do effects me and the way in which I prepare if only just emotionally.
How much do I put faith in the government, the active military, the retired military, the ability or desire of the federal government to “provide for the common defense?”
I’m prepared for a natural disaster. I’m not prepared for the UN or Capitol Police rolling through town. I’m not prepared to lose all the microchips out of Taiwan. I’m not prepared to look the service member who lost is wife and family because he had to do one more tour in Afghanistan in the eye and tritely say, “thank you for your service.” And although I remember the Iran hostage crisis I am not prepared for Afghanistan hostage crisis that seems to be on the horizon and will likely include women and children.
Helping my neighbor buy ten pounds of rice isn’t going to address my lack of emotional preparedness.


MDW - It is critically important that we get as many people to understand as much as possible about what is going on leading up to collapse.
Without enough people onboard and prepping for collapse all the prepping in the world will not help you.


I think it is valuable to look behind the curtain always and take note of things that could be coming. I appreciate Chris’ look at possibilities. And I trust that this site will not stop there but will support and encourage appropriate action in the now. There is one very immediate very important one and that is Biden’s call for vaccine mandates. Those of us who are not affected by it should none the less join in a massive protest. I do not want a precedent set that the government can dictate personal health decisions. So my request to all of you who do not want mandates but are in a job where it is being threatened - form groups of protestors. Invite the vaccinated to join the group (many do not like the forced regimen) and also outside people to help fund and support you. Let your employer know that you will walk out of your job. Let them know you will boycott their business. Prepare to do it. Biden truly threw down a gauntlet with his ridiculous legal requirement to vaccinate all the unwilling. The answer should be not just no but HELL NO! If just 10% of people walk off their jobs the economy would take a huge hit and I think weak old Joe et al will back down. This needs to be the message everywhere. I will not conform. Be like Joe Rogan. No hate to anyone - just the firm message that I will not be another one of your sheep. I have a right to determine my own medical decisions period. I am not the cause of your breakthrough infection - Pfizer is the cause. You were lied to. The vaccines are not safe and not even effective. So all the people who do not want to be vaccinated need to take a stand but also all of us not affected need to support them. PS I did get the vaccine - 2x Pfizer. After a month I had a hemorrhagic stroke. No history or related history. I thought I had died and will never forget that experience. So it’s been proven to my satisfaction that the vaccine is not safe. Not effective. Not free in any sense of that word.


Yes. Thank you Maria. There is such a flood of information available to sift through and impossible to keep up with. This one is not worth the time.

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Chris just talked about the importance of orientation.
Some of us have been at this awhile and we’re not really reacting to these developments emotionally. We are cool and collected. We can suss-out the big picture stuff, because we’ve already done the Kubler-Ross tap-dance to the worst case scenario outcomes…like a decade ago.
In fact, we’ve been waiting for this moment our entire lives.
We are the leaders we have been waiting for.
While everyone else is frightened, we stand with steadfast resolve and servant leadership. If you watched the Crash Course (and please tell me you have watched the Crash Course…) then you will know that humans are evolved to see things like a charging lion, and then have a flight or fight response. Humans don’t have a flight or fight response to concepts that are temporally distant. The adrenaline doesn’t start pumping in fear of climate change or desertification. Chris talks about the existential threat of the exponential function. This is high-level fabric of reality stuff.
I mean, what if I told you that all of the problems we have today started 15,000 years ago?
It’s true. Yet, it’s so far removed, temporally from our level of thinking that we can’t see it.
It’s easy to run from a charging lion or a flash flood. It’s not so easy to run from the emergent complex systems that is being referenced here.
P.S. Mememonkey is a legend. And this is exactly the high-level conversations that I want to see at Peak Propsperity. Thank you, Mememonkey.


“Please, on this September 11, for one day, will you take those virtue-signaling signs off your lawn, to respect those gay Afghans who will be thrown from roofs, the women executed for singing a song or worse, presenting the news.”




Lets just say that a trend takes off where countries who’s economies have been heavily suppressed through various foreign policy actions find their way clear and begin to build and grow.

China as an example has brought several hundred million or more people out of poverty and their middle class is growing by leaps and bounds. Vietnam is expanding their economy rapidly but still maintaining socialism. Indonesia in general is growing and structuring themselves for broad economic prosperity. Much of Asia has the potential to grow their economies and increase living standards which is the stated goal coming from all leaders.

Latin America, South and Central, is poised for another socialist revolution and with Imperial US taking several blows to its hegemony this one might just stick.

Russia and most of the formerly soviet states have enormous potential for growth and a young population itching to realize it. Russia has 6 of the top fastest growing cities in the world China also.

So lets just say that over the next 5 years or so 3 or 4 BILLION people begin to prosper and begin to increase their consumption accordingly. Even a modest increase in global consumption represents a ten fold increase in the consumption of natural resources. This in a world where all the easy pickings of natural resources have been exhausted and we are now scraping the bottom of the oceans for resources. Every single strategic resource is 10 to 100 times more difficult to produce than it was 50 years ago. The waste stream from current and legacy production has already brought us to the brink of global destruction. The degree of environmental destruction that this kind of exponential growth in demand would represent would be absolutely catastrophic and would accelerate total collapse to a matter of years.

Not to mention that all of the military exploits of the last 100 + years have been about securing resources, unfettered access to resources for our corporations and perhaps most important of all and not talked about by ANYONE is DEMAND DESTRUCTION. Making sure that nobody else uses OUR resources. We do this in several ways such as financially, sanctions, and when everything else fails “bomb them back to the Stone Age”.

Quite a predicament the US finds itself in. They can not possibly allow such rampant growth or it means the end of “the American way of life”. They do allow it and we all go down in a flaming caldron of sheite.


I happen to like Charles Eisenstein’s framing that we are between stories as inconvenient facts, that Chris’s crash course is so good at pointing out, have destroyed the old narrative and thus we find ourselves looking for a new guiding story to live by. The “great reset” is one such story, but I suspect this community and ones like it can create a better story. Using permaculture principles to guide us, the first stage is what I’ve found to be the most uncomfortable step of sitting back and observing what is going on rather than jumping into your “brilliant” solution as that usually fails in some unexpected way. (Note: I’ve also learned this lesson from working with the Biomimicry Guild, as with pretty much any problem nature has already figured out a solution or ten and if you take the time to quiet your mind you can often observe an answer right in front of you . ) Way to go FLCCC!
Thus I feel it is worth taking the time and observing what is going on in the world and how it is impacting our local, it will be different for everyone, which is great, as each will come up with different solutions and by synthesizing those solutions we can generate a more representative story. For those familiar with Joseph Campbell or Micheal Meade’s work often that synthesis, which has to take into account such non quantifiable factors such as love and spirituality is not literally true in the scientific sense, but reaches a much deeper lasting truth such as found in the ancient myths. I believe this to be one of the key problems with our current story in that things that aren’t quantitative we have no way to value their importance in our economy or our education for that matter. This is one of the many reasons I’m so excited that Evie is now helping lead the community. The wonderful poems are a nice example.


I am frequently amazed at the “solutions” to current problems that I hear from younger-than-me adults who were never taught American or world history. At times they literally cannot hear the echoes of the words they use bouncing through the channels of time. It reveals the “misundereducation” that has helped weaken the American character and sense of purpose, to our and the world’s loss. We definitely need to look out more.
Back in my seminary days I studied Islam at the internationally recognized Macdonald Institute at Hartford Seminary. I read the key works of one of the early jihadist theoreticians, the well-regarded scholar Qutb, a brilliant man who knew both Islam and the West directly. He revived the idea of a vanguard, ascetic Islamic religious warrior class who would lead Islam forward into its past glory. He wrote that the West would lose to Islam because we have no spiritual strength. Our spiritual faith, he said in the 1960s, has died, and so we have no significant cause to propel us in any meaningful engagement. We have no reason to live, he opined, and so we are afraid to die, and that is our weakness.
No one in the West paid him any mind in his heyday. We were on a roll that we thought would last forever, and we were still steeped in the vestiges of the post-WWII “boosterism” that taught (with significant help from the Rotary Club) that if you can’t say anything nice about America and business, don’t say anything at all. After all, “the business of America is business.”
Line up that sentiment next to Qutb’s analysis. There’s the last 60 years in nuce.
Next to our historical myopia is an underappreciation of the emergent contemporary global context. People who fail to see the connection of events on the ground in the Middle East or Southeast Asia to immediate, near-term, or coming problems in the U.S. and Western Europe are mind-blinded to the preparations they need to make; preparations both material and emotional-mental. One can’t prepare for what one can’t see. And you can’t fight with your eyes closed.
What does the brand new Saudi military compact with Russia have to do with the West’s supply of oil and gasoline? Or with the petrodollar? Why does it matter to Canadians that China has domesticated the Taliban, and whether they will remain on the leash? And, why does China care about Afghanistan anyhow?
U.S. Americans, in particular, are among the most smug and myopic of people in the world. Just Saturday night I was gathered with a small group around an evening fire when the talk turned briefly to our retreat from Afghanistan. What no one else entertained was the notion that the U.S. didn’t withdraw, but got ejected from Afghanistan; or that we are being steadily ejected from the Middle East altogether. And the world. Today, we cannot reliably stand against China short of using nuclear weapons, and that fact has already eclipsed our authority in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean. Now Russia has a burgeoning military port north of Israel on the Mediterranean, and has the stated intent to be a “presence” on those waters. The U.S. will steadily withdraw.
I was smugly assured Saturday eve that “the U.S. will shine. Money talks.” Which indicates a supreme ignorance of monetary policy on top of the rest of the arrogant ignorance on display.
The U.S. is an empire in decline. Our last presidential election demonstrated it. Never mind the corruption of the vote itself - the choice was between a demonstrably senile old and corrupt political hack who vaguely wanders off in both speech and place (rather like U.S. policy), and a backwards-gazing businessman who thinks America’s future is her past (rather like U.S. citizens). The average American willfully believes the official lies that assure them we’ll get everything back to normal soon - because to acknowledge the state of the country and the world is nothing short of terrifying; terrifying because they have not looked up past their daytime cubicle walls and nighttime television programming (and it is programming) in their entire adult lives.
As we fade, two trajectories open themselves to us. One is the risk of the Thucydides Trap at the international level. Nuclear war is the risk there. The other is the risk of declining into domestic authoritarian senescence. Both of those are present independent of the Davos crowd’s global resource management plan, which - let’s face it - is at heart a CCP resource management plan that looks uncomfortably akin to North Korea. Both risks are real.
If, as now seems likely, China wins the battle for the Middle East (with Russia participating in a secondary, regionalized role), this will in fact be the Chinese Century. It will be a less friendly, less peaceful, less free planet. Chinese norms and values will replace American and Western classical liberalism. The Americas will be considered an outlying region of barbarians whose resources are the only value justifying bothering with us; bothering will mean increasing hegemony over us - a process already well underway through Chinese funding and financing across the Americas, including within U.S. government, education, industry, research, land and resource acquisition, and the purchase of bureaucrats and politicians (all the way up to Biden himself).
On the flip side, both will pass. Not soon, and not easily. I see two possible trajectories that offer interim landing places and that might lead to a better outcome. Neither is guaranteed. One is to own and work land, holistically with an eye to land resilience. We who pursue that direction have at least the probability of keeping food on the table, a roof over our heads, and some degree of autonomy in countries that become steadily less free. I won’t be surprised if we see the Biden Administration lock Americans in place. If the case can be made that Covid is resurging with winter, that might happen soon. Where you’re locked down will matter. If you’re where you can at least supplement your diet by what you produce yourself, you’ll have a better chance of thriving. If you’re in a city you’re in trouble, I think.
The other trajectory is bitcoin, because it is the one alternative to the immanent arrival of Central Bank Digital Currencies that will allow those who have it to keep personal finances out of the hands of governments and Central Banks. Those who have it will have a better chance of engaging in grey or black market transactions for necessary goods and services; they will even be able to take it with them if they move about or emigrate, without needing to secure anything physical that can be confiscated. But beyond such defensive elements, it is the one form of money that can thwart, or at least undermine, the power of governments to impose Chinese style social credit scoring and money restrictions. Can it be shut off? I know many on PP believe it can, but I don’t think so, as someone deeply in the space who has examined that question a lot. It can be outlawed, and the on-off ramps can be controlled or shut off, but bitcoin itself cannot be shut off and already there are P2P means of converting digital bitcoin into goods or other forms of money - even in China after it formally shut down cryptos.
I think bitcoin becomes the currency and the symbol of resistance and revolution in the near future. And that, in my opinion, is its true emergent value. I could be wrong, just as I could be wrong in thinking that developing land into production can secure my family from future hunger, homelessness, and constant under-the-thumb governance. But we each have to choose, first, whether to act or remain passive. If to act, then what basic paths we will build out in the short time remaining, with an eye to maximizing resilience against seen and unforeseen future dynamics.
We want to see as much as we can - which is why understanding international events really matters. The broader our response to what we can see, the more robust our infrastructure can become, which improves our ability to weather the unforeseen.
No one’s done preparing and building. Too many have not started, and don’t want to see what monster has already come over the horizon.
On a very immediate, practical note, there are 5 foods you need to grow to supply yourself with all the nutrients and protein the human body needs. They are: flour corn, beans, winter squash, potatoes, and eggs. If you’re starting out, master those and learn how to produce them in steadily improving soil, because the richer the soil is in microscopic life, the richer in nutrition will be the food you eat from it - therefore, the more robust your health and vitality. For growing corn, beans, and squash, study the Three Sisters intercropping system. They complement each other, and can be grown on the same ground - should be, in fact.
These 5 foods are your renewable emergency food supply. Learn how to propagate season two’s crop from season one’s. And if chickens are out of the question, double up on your potato production - potatoes grown in healthy soil have as much protein as eggs; you can live off of potatoes (as the Irish peasants knew).