Do you have a plan or idea of what you would do in case of a dollar collapse, martial law, or whatever is soon to come? It's so distressing, I feel like a sitting duck & I want to be prepared in any way I can.
I get this question a lot. My advice to you is pretty simple and stating the obvious:
Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.
I feel like people prefer to spend time being distressed than actually doing what is within their power to be prepared for whatever may come. And by preparing, the things necessary are not that different from what rural families still do and have done for decades:
My final advice to you is to stop letting negativity and dread dominate your feelings. Yes, you are one small cog in a very large machine. You cannot stop the turning of history or determine what time you were born into. But you still have the right to self-determination and access to very basic, affordable measures for preparation. You can still decide how to act in the time that you are given.
Hello! Lovely blog here. I was wondering if you had an opinion on Ayn Rand and her work.
Hi there, thank you!
When I was eighteen, my dad gave me his copy of the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I had just started working full-time on minimum wage and supporting myself, and the combination of my own experiences and the economic commentary of Ayn Rand really affected me. I would consider it the beginning of my political thought. I went on to read all of her work.
I think I found Ayn Rand inspiring largely because she had a strong voice as a woman and she was providing me with commentary that was completely different from what I had heard in school, in the media, and among my friends. Her work encouraged me to think about economics and the government in a way I never had before.
Since then I have continued to learn about politics, history, and economics. My impression of Ayn Rand now is one more that her perception of communism and capitalism, and human relationships, were polarized by her own experiences and personality. I do not agree with her interpretations of the relationships between big business and government, or her general description of people in the world and their relationships. I also don’t agree with her final conclusion that government was indeed still a necessary evil and should have a monopoly on law, and subsequently, violence. She was a capitalist and not a libertarian or anarchist, and she explicitly clarified this herself. I do not support American capitalism nor do I believe in the golden age of capitalism oft idolized by people like Rand.
The Fountainhead is a beautiful piece of writing and I admire Rand for her skill in writing, and that is about as far as I consider her work now. I think Rand can be a great door-opener for minds of all ages, and if her work brings more people to supporting freedom over state violence, then by all means, read on. But I also hope they continue to expand their thought beyond just her work. Hopefully that answered your question!
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