in 2014 , Criminologist and researcher Michael Mills, Traveled to the United states to understand why so many people were prepping for the end of the world.
People from all over the country were stock piling and almost hoarding supp;lies that could be used in a worst-case-scenario such as: toiletries, sanitation supplies, water purification and MRE’s (ready to eat)
Most of the people had and still have completely valid reasons for concern including the state of the economy, climate change and worries over the increase in pandemics. This also came with the largest reason of all: The leaders who ran the country.
Most the preppers today are right -leaning republicans who have voiced their concerns over the rise in civil unrest coming from factions of the left and believe that an increasing reliance on artificial intelligence may also set off scenarios where living in a bunker may the best idea. However, this tendency to be prepared has declined since Trump took office.
There are fewer conventions for preppers than there was a few years ago and this can be attributed to Trump calming many of the fears preppers have about the future. This, of course, doesn’t mean that everyone is laying down their tools and shovels either. People from all walks of life are taking up this pastime and many say that this is not about being paranoid either.
Now, while there are not many liberal preppers, this doesn’t mean that liberals are not active in their own way. The rise of antifa is the left’s response to the 2016 election in an over-blown knee-jerk reaction to the status quo. Some may call this group necessary, while some are labeling the entire group as a terrorist organization.
This is a prime example of the classification and division that separates most Americans. Those on the left have a habit of viewing preppers are “Redneck Republicans”, while those on the right attribute equally divisiveness to others on the left. The fact of the matter is that preppers are just like every-day Americans and actually echo an American tradition that acts as a hallmark of the American experience.
Americans have always been preppers. The rough and sometimes violent beginnings of this country were marked by settlers who ran homesteads, providing for themselves in the only way they knew they could. They were independent and always were thinking of future needs. While many on the left look down on the pepper lifestyle, many can also say that preppers are simple realist about an uncertain future.
There is a very wise saying that you need to “save for a rainy day” and this couldn’t be more true than it is today. This isnt all about who is in office. It is our contention that a political answer expired a long time ago. The actors we see in congress and in all levels of government are only there to provide a feeling of continuity for the people. The fact is that everything is held together by the faith the population has in their own government and societal stability.
We also think that running a homestead is not about being a prepper at all. This type of living is more about being in balance with nature and investing your time in worthwhile pursuits. Like I said previously, this doesn’t mean we all have to go live in a save either. this type of living can be implemented in many different ways for anyone, no matter where you live or what you do.
So are preppers really taking a break? Possibly. I would think the numbers dont lie. However, I also think that a lot of the prepping was done in the years that lead up to where we are now. there will be a natural decline as many have already completed their prepping activities.