Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Should you buy gold or ammo?

The Daily Reckoning recommends both:
Money is pouring into the gold coin market. Apparently, dealers can't keep up with the demand. Of course, financial analysts tend to view the gold coin market as a place for nuts and kooks. "If the world really does fall apart, you'd be better off buying ammunition," said one analyst. But it depends on how apart the world falls. If commerce were still done peaceably, gold coins would be a good thing to have in your pocket. But, he's right; when things really fall apart, you'd be better off packing heat than Krugerrands.
Alan Stang warns that after the election, no matter who wins, you had better hide your stuff.
So we shall get one kind of Communism or another. And somewhere in the process you will make a choice. You do not have the choice not to make a choice. You will make it. Doing nothing is also a choice. What choice will you have? I am a total amateur on the subject. Alexander Solzhenitsyn is an expert.

In his Gulag Archipelago, he explains that even while they are dragging you away, you will tell yourself it is a mistake. I am innocent. They will let me go.
“At what exact point, then, should one resist? When one’s belt is taken away? When one is ordered to face into a corner? When one crosses the threshold of one’s home? . . .”
In a famous footnote on page 13 of my edition, he writes:
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive . . . . Or if, during periods of mass arrests . . . people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door . . . and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .

“If . . . if . . . We didn’t love freedom enough. . . . We submitted with pleasure! . . . We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
Solzhenitsyn says,
resistance should have begun right there, at the moment of the arrest itself. But it did not begin.”
Of course, he is talking about Russia. Here the same thing would have a different style. For instance, in the Soviet Union you were simply arrested. Here, if you ask one of the super patriot zombies whether you are being arrested, he will say you are not, but you must go along to the camp.

So what will you do? Will you simply give up your stash and get on the bus? Right now you probably don’t know yourself. You may not know until it happens. But we do know they are coming. full article >>

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