Friday, April 17, 2009

Survivalism Redux

"But I'd be dead if I had to live on what I grew...Many of my crops failed, or had good years or bad ones, depending on the weather."

Alcestis "Cookie" Oberg, "The truth about gardening," USA Today, April 15, 2009.

Belt-tightening, survivalist economics, and skilling-up are all strategies to weather the economic recession. Everything seems to be up 30% -- stockpiling, gardening, canning, sewing,attending community colleges,relocating, and, of course, doing without. The recession encourages the recovery of old skills, the development of new skills, and the embrace of different lifestyles and behaviors.

"Reviving "almost lost" skills and preparing for tough days make people feel more in control...People are asking:' Do I really want to be 100% vulnerable with no self sufficiency skills if something happens?'"

Judy Keen, "Economic survivalists take root,"USA Today, April 15, 2009

Some of this survivalism will work, some will not, and some will include not-so-hidden costs or burdens. There's only so much you can do with a postage-stamp rowhouse backyard without spending oodles of money to go green. Does feeling in control translate into new economic resources?

Is a bit of survivalism necessary short-term adjustment or wise preparation for a new world? Or both?

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