The Watchman

I don’t know what’s crazy, anymore.

I’ve always thought that the survivalists were complete nutters. And, in many ways, I still do. The problem is that their world view is looking more and more like reality, which is why I can’t go around calling them nutters anymore.

Now, what does the title of this piece ‘The Watchman’ have to do with craziness?

I was reading in Ezekiel 33, when I came across this passage:

 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and set him for their watchman;

3 if, when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

4 then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning, if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him; whereas if he had taken warning, he would have delivered his soul.

6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned, and the sword come, and take any person from among them; he is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

7 So thou, son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

But, what if the warning sounds crazy?

What if YOU sound crazy?

Well, that doesn’t matter. When trouble comes, you’ve gotta hand out the warnings, no matter how crazy they sound. And, with trouble THIS crazy, the best solutions are going to sound just as crazy.

How much crazy is just too crazy?

Well, I recently stumbled across a thoughtful piece on shtfplan.com and tracked the author down to his site, www.alt-market.com.

I remembered running across this site once before. I ignored it, because it was too ‘survivalist’… too… crazy.

I’m afraid that I don’t think that it’s so crazy now – ‘cuz, like I said, I’m not sure what ‘crazy’ is anymore.

Here’s the piece:

Economic Collapse? We’re Soaking In It!

Monday, 14 November 2011 by Brandon Smith

A rather unobservant or at the very least “unlucky” man strolls across a faulty bridge; weathered, termite ridden, and over-traveled. He hops and skips and jumps about like a brain damaged orangutan without a care in the world. He does this not only because he is oblivious to the fundamental physics behind the workings of the bridge, and the structural signs of a bridge that is on the verge of collapse, but also because numerous highly paid “experts” on bridges have told him it is absolutely safe to do so. The bridge, of course, crumbles right under his feet, and he falls.

Now, if the ground was relatively close to our unfortunate freefalling dupe, the sudden collapse and the painful shock of slapping into the rocky floor would be an understandable surprise. Given only moments between the failure of the bridge and the ultimate conclusion of the spine crunching granite bottom swan dive, one could hardly ponder the situation at all. However, in this event, the ground is not close. In fact, the ravine is dark, and the fall is long. Perhaps three or four years long. In this case, a man has plenty of time to think through the circumstances of his predicament, and realize that eventually, he WILL meet the future like a warm pancake smacking cold linoleum at 200 mph.

If such a man is unable to discern the problems he faces, or to even acknowledge the fact that the ground has given way beneath him, after such a long stretch of time, it becomes very hard to feel sorry for him. But then again, we were all like this man once…

Since the derivatives and housing market implosion of 2008, America and the rest of the world has been spiraling down a chasm some in this country still refuse to take note of. The question has never been whether there “will be” a full scale financial disaster. The end to that chapter of this story was already written years ago. Rather, the real question has been “when” will this inevitable event culminate? Sadly, speculation on the matter has met an irreconcilable road block. The fact is, all the necessary elements are in place to bring down our fiscal shelter not in five years, not in one year, not in six months, but today. That’s right…..the economy as we know it has the potential to derail completely before you wake up for your morning poptart.

Some skeptics might shrug off this statement as mere sensationalism for effect. I wish that were the case. Frankly, I would enjoy writing a little fiction for once. The truth is far too bizarre and disturbing lately.

Read the rest of the article here.

The article makes sense, and the author likes poptarts. The question is whether his solutions in other parts of his website make sense.

Unfortunately, they do.

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