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Why Are Preppers Hated So Much?

Why Are Preppers Hated So Much?

By Michael
December 10th, 2012

Have you noticed that it has become trendy to bash preppers? For a long time the prepper movement was ignored, but now it has become so large that it is getting very difficult for the mainstream media to pretend that it is not there. In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States alone. So now the mainstream media has decided that mocking the movement is the best strategy, and lots of “critics” and “skeptics” out there have picked up on this trend. Instead of addressing the very real issues that have caused millions of Americans to prepare for the worst, those criticizing the prepper movement attempt to put the focus on individual personalities. They try to find the strangest nutjobs they possibly can and then hold them up as “typical preppers”. The goal is to portray preppers as tinfoil hat wearing freaks that need to be locked up in the loony bin for their own personal safety and for the good of society. The criticism of preppers has really ramped up in recent months, and it will likely get even worse in 2013. The establishment does not like any movement that is outside of their control, and the prepper movement is definitely not under their control.

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In my recent experience,

In my recent experience, preppers are finding a generally sympathetic audience. More people are realizing every day that what the government is doing is unsustainable and that no matter whom is elected, debts skyrocket. They feel the real burden of inflation.

and i give you guys the reason why the preppers are so hated

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCFms3n5nag keep spreading the message of liberty :)

Albert Camus — 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.'

I'm glad they wrote this "hate preppers" piece

...reminds me I need to go pick up some steel wool for making fire. ANYONE WATCH THAT AWESOME "SURVIVORMAN" ON DISCOVER CHANNEL? (confession I so have a crush on him : )

Release the Sandy Hook video.

Control Freaks Hate Preppers

The ones that scoff are the same ones that LOVE everyone being on foodstamps and medicaid. CONTROL is the name of the game. Hard to control someone you can't bribe or bully.

skippy

A Couple Reasons...

First, in general, people (the larger herd) tend to attack those who do not conform to herd-think and who are individualistic and display indicators or desires of self-sufficiency. This is a betrayal of the paradigm of the peacefully grazing herd (the norm) and it is perceived as a threat by the herd.

Those who stray are routinely attacked.

Secondly, 'the state' sees such people as a potential threat and as a potential infestation that may spread. This must be stopped or contained at all costs. the propaganda arm of 'the state' (the MSM) are instrumental in demonizing, ridiculing or otherwise marginalizing this threat.

People

hate what they don't understand.

"Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it."- Ron Paul

Everyone...

should have a little extra food, water, candles and medications on hand. I mean we all have smoke detectors and how often does your house burn down? All the hurricanes in our history should lead people to realize preparing isn't crazy but just the opposite. Bad things can happen, it's that simple.

The problem lies in the media who need to dramatize everything for viewers. If a story is as plain as my first paragraph nobody will watch. Add Mayan calendar conspiracies and people will actually notice that people are preparing for the protection of their families and link them to whatever fabrication the media makes.

The media has a 'job'...

It is there to convince the masses that government is 'there for you', whether it's feeding the beleaguered 'poor', or blowing somebody up in some 'hostile' group or country. The government, being the government just want's everyone under the 'Big-Top' in whatever capacity they can get us there.

Kissinger said you control nations with oil. You control people

with food. Build a self-reliance beyond the power and food-delivery grid, and the banksters lose power. The coordinated campaign to demonize preppers is proof that we could never dream of obtaining on our own that we are right, and that controlling us with food is exactly what they intend to try to do. It should make the thinking person who was skeptical of prepping think again.

Release the Sandy Hook video.

Power Practical

Power Practical makes the PowerPot and they are now doing an indiegogo project to get funded to do a pocket solar panel. Both output 5W to USB. Basically this will charge your tablet or phone at a fairly quick rate. These are extremely durable and phones (especially if pre-loaded with useful info and potentially apps) could be much more of an asset than just a luxury in a catastrophic scenario.

I certainly don't get paid for this, but I do have a buddy who works for them and I did some work on their website. Still, I think it's applicable, and a really cool idea worth sharing, so I hope you won't see it as spam.

I'm not going to link to it, as I don't want to cross the line of "advertising". It's easy to Google "Powerpot" or "Solar Stash" if you're interested :)

Meanwhile in the NY/NJ Area

Sandy made "preppers" and of a lot of folks around here.

Mind you, I was already prep'd for the storm days before she hit, and was able to host extended family who lost power for a week. But I wouldn't call myself a prepper, just ready was all.

I do dislike labels.

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RON PAUL 2012

I remember when they were called

survivalists and were similarly disparaged. However, back then there weren't as many but I don't think they were held in any higher esteem.

3 million? That's it? Uhhhhhh.....

ok how did they define prepper? Business is BOOMING at all the self-reliance stores around here, whole churches, man I was driving around the other day, I pass a Methodist church, METHODISTS and they have a banner outside saying PREPPED AND READY and the graphic is a guy in a gas mask. I was like wow.

The most prepped people around here are 1. Mormons and 2. Jehova's Witnesses. These guys got WAREHOUSES complete with logistics and delivery systems. And there are TONS of Mormons and JWs out here.

Thanks to our highly conservative gun laws, practically everybody either has a firearm or their neighbour has a dozen. And it all fits into a basic culture of self-reliance, the whole cowboy thing so nothing about any of this stands out. Except the banner on the church. If I was gonna guess I'd have thought some kind of fire and brimstone Baptists but Methodists? Weseley meets Smith & Wesson?

Can we consider those who are armed as being in some way prepped? The numbers are up around 300 million. Not to forget the recent trends in gun buying overwhelmingly represent "sport" models that are favoured for defence.

How about all those smarter people back east that if they didn't already have a genny and backup fuel supply they hopped right out and got them before Sandy hit. They stocked up on food, water, batteries and rode out weeks with no power. Are they preppers? The numbers just grew a few million.

Now of course LEOs are just waiting to make a big fat deal out of just about anything so they have something to crow about on the news and justify their budgets and their cool Rambo costumes. To them it's like a day out at the park. But I really thing the "prepper mentality" is on the rise. This seems confirmed by numbers at the preparedness expos and this whole absurd zomby meme.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Maybe it is that...

Maybe it is that preppers are another word for someone that is ready, willing and able to defend their life and what belongs to them and intends on surviving no matter what happens.In other words someone of courage with a strategy and a will to survive unlike most nay sayers.

RickStone

hmm

If anything, I don't think I've heard someone bash "preppers" in quite some time, probably around Y2K. Usually when I hear people bash preppers, it ties in with the while "mormons are preppers" thing.

A signature used to be here!

Hurricane Sandy etc

Prepping already saved many lives.

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I really like

how you voted down your friends Hurricane Sandy Open Thread.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

exactly

a buddy lives on rockaway point. Being a "prepper" he had power, food and enough ammunition to ward off the looters. Many of his neighbors did not.

Exactly

Thanks Mikiloe.

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Because people are insecure.

Because people are insecure. By bashing the preppers, the people are assuring themselves that there is nothing to be fearful of. If they accepted the preppers, they would have to admit that there is a possibility of something going wrong which brings them fear.

Good post..

+1

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I

admit to watching "Doomsday Preppers" on Nat Geo. It's amazing how they can just add an "er" onto a word and create a new subclass of people.

Truthers
Birthers
Tenthers
Preppers

One of the last shows featured a guy from Houston who was a retired chiropractor. This guy gave out his real first and last name on the show and might as well had given out his address. I found his cell phone number in about 5 minutes because someone had posted it in a hunting forum. Apparently the guy was leasing out his land for hunters. So not only do people know where this guy is in Houston, they also know where his bugout place is in West Texas.

The saddest part was when he was out on his land butchering a goat with his 2 young boys. The youngest boy asked the dad,"What is terrorism?" The dad nearly broke down in tears, unable to explain, and just resorted to saying that they were REALLY bad people.

This guy (and his buddy) live in absolute fear that "terrorists" are going to hit Houston with a dirty bom8, and they think they are going to make it all the way out by El Paso. I felt compelled to call the guy and tell him that he should research 9/11 a little closer. I didn't go through with it though.
His "buddy" fired off his rifle that had a muzzle brake on it
(muzzle brakes divert the gasses coming out of the front of the barrel to the sides, making it VERY loud) INSIDE the deer stand they were in, and damaged this guy's hearing. IDK if they could have found a couple of bigger goofballs for this show.

I saw that episode.

I feel bad admitting it but I chuckled when that Idiot gave the dude a concussion inside the deer blind. I would never want to prep with a guy who didn't know basic firearm safety. That is just common sense and if you can't figure that out, you are pretty much fucked in every other area of living.

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Yep

that dude with the 100 rnd mag is a liability. I just shook my head.
"Dude, you messed up man!"
They were real camo'd up there in that deer blind.

He kinda reminded me of Randy Quaid in the movie "Vacation." lol

The "ers" are "slurs"

Yes! "ERS" do seem to have obvious negative connotations. If you want to "SLUR" add the "ER"..