There are many who are living in denial, believing that we are all going to wake up from this bad dream tomorrow and return to life as normal. For them, their fate is sealed. However, there is also a group that–rather than focusing on being prepared–spends all its precious resources trying in vain to reveal the Illuminati, defeat the man, and battle the unfolding New World Order. Sadly, they are engaged in a battle they can’t win… and wasting precious resources that could be invested in a winning strategy.
To be fair, we spend our fair share of time at Wicked Prepping delving into the emerging story lines, including potential conspiracies. However, our aim is merely to scout the potential threats and enemies we collectively face and to provide our readers and viewers with actionable intel and warnings regarding what to anticipate and prepare for.
Our intention is NOT to take on, fight, or battle against these powers that be.
If you are looking for a fight, as eagerly as you seek it, you will lose it. You don’t stand a chance against them in a head-to-head entanglement. Rather, we must borrow from Sun Tzu and apply proven strategies and tactics to ensure we stay in the game for as long as possible. After all, that’s our ultimate goal as preppers.
This means being prepared by establishing as strong a defense as possible and keeping to the shadows—studying the threats and enemies we face, but not overtly engaging them.
Make no mistake, the worst is yet to come. What we have before us now is a final opportunity to be as prepared as possible. Don’t take your eye off the ball and miss that opportunity.
Being Prepared: The Biggest Lesson Preppers Can Learn from Sun Tzu
When it comes to military strategy and tactics, one of the classic textbooks is the Art of War by Sun Tzu—a Chinese military treatise that has significantly influenced both eastern and western military thought.
Sun Tzu consistently stresses the importance of being prepared and a strong defense, as well as the imperative to avoid conflict that favors an enemy’s strengths. For example, Sun Tzu states:
- “If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him.”
- “He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.”
- “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.”
- “Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm.”
- “There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.”
Fundamentally, Sun Tzu aptly asserts that “The art of war is the art of deception.”
This idea of deception underpins the concept of being a “gray man” until the need and/or opportunity arises for an offensive action. [And, when that need/opportunity arises, it should be carried out with maximum thought and effort, combined with overwhelming firepower]
The point is that “chasing” after the powers that be is a poor strategy. If you ever managed to actually catch them, they would defeat you via their overwhelming strength (i.e., squash you like a bug). If you think you can beat the “man” at his own game, you are delusional.
Rather than playing into the opponent’s strength, our focus should be on preparing and maintaining a strong defense. Furthermore, we should strive to conceal that defense through the art of deception.
We have repeatedly warned that—in this early chaotic phase of the crisis—preppers should avoid (1) wasting resources on protests and (2) risking potential early damage from such tactics (e.g., being identified as a threat, being arrested, being unknowingly caught up in and manipulated by third-party players, etc.).
Again, we should be laying low and playing the gray man role, while continuously adding to our preps and defenses. There is still time to do so… we should seize that opportunity (it won’t last forever).
The time will come for offensive action… but that time is not now. Whatever is ultimately going to play out is going to happen regardless of your or our participation in or protest against it.
I know that’s not a popular opinion. But we are not here to be popular—we’re here to provide you with the best actionable advice. We’re realists—not optimists, pessimists, or romanticists.
Our focus should be on self-preservation (including our family and network)—not on fighting a quixotic (but doomed) revolution. The winning strategy requires being as prepared as possible—not seeking the egotistical and narcissistic intoxication that comes from pointless grandstanding.
We are facing the very real threat of an emerging and lasting dystopia—this is not the American Revolution or the Civil War. This is not a Hollywood screenplay. There will be no winners this time and no reset back to the good ‘old days.
Long-term survival in this game will require self-reliance and staying out of the fray whenever and wherever possible.
Our focus must remain on ourselves, our families, and our networks—not a party, an ideology, the country, the world, or the man. Failure to understand this will only result in you becoming an irrelevant martyr for a fanciful but wholly unrealistic cause.
Emerging Dystopia: The Growing List of Threats
Regardless of what you may hear in the press, things are not going to get better. We are facing an ever-increasing list of threats—all converging into the perfect storm.
Again, our focus should continue to be on preparedness. There is still time… but it won’t last forever.
Threat #1: The Covid-19 Pandemic
First and foremost, this is a pandemic. The virus is real. No, it will not—in and of itself—destroy the world. However, it is not abating per the wishful thinking of those seeking a quick return to normalcy.
The virus is and will continue to spread, and we are a long way from any shred of herd immunity, effective treatments, or a vaccine cure.
Furthermore, efforts to reboot the economy and restore our “freedom” and sense of normalcy will only serve to exacerbate the pandemic problem and its far-reaching consequences—consequences that raise significant health risks and concerns for everyone.
To learn more about the growing risks of the coronavirus, we encourage you to read our articles New Covid-19 Concerns: Virus Can Attack the CNS—with Long-Term Consequences? and Pandora’s Box: Covid-19 Can Mimic HIV, Ebola & Malaria?, as well as watch our following Live Stream Highlight:
Threat #2: Economic Collapse
Next, the pandemic has plunged us into an economic collapse on the scale of the great depression—but potentially even larger.
The economic reboot will fail. The seeds of its destruction were sown a long time ago.
We are a consumer-driven, service-oriented economy, predicated on spending imaginary borrowed money and propped up by the Fed printing it—lots of it.
Why is the stock market diverging so significantly from the current reality? Because the Fed is bailing out the 1% and big business by flooding the market with cash (aka liquidity). It’s not because the economy is going to have a similar V-shaped recovery!
If we were an industrial economy, a reboot may have been possible—but not with the system we now have. The collapse is inevitable. The only question is how quickly it occurs.
A service economy requires ever increasing demand to survive. That demand will not return quickly enough or with enough force to save us. And it only takes a tiny tip in the wrong direction for the house of cards to collapse. Furthermore, that demand has been generated by borrowing borrowed money (i.e., fake money). The Fed cannot print money indefinitely—it will reach a point at which the consequences will crush us.
Threat #3: Civil Unrest
The civil unrest has already begun to build. As the economic reboot fails, that unrest will only grow worse. The supply chain will continue to be disrupted, folks will continue to remain unemployed, and the force of government on personal lives will continue expand.
Add to that the continued worsening of the pandemic—or catastrophic second wave in the fall (on top of the typical flu season), and this threat will go exponential on us.
That will inevitably lead to “incidents” (aka government crackdowns, criminal activity, and violent responses) that will only foster more unrest. It is a self-reinforcing feedback loop.
Folks will continue to become more and more disenfranchised with the system, the authorities that manage it, and each other.
Threat #4: Political Strife
The wedge (or divide) between the right and the left has been expanding for decades—largely initiated in the 60s and 70s. This multi-faceted crisis has only served to amplify the existing deep-rooted, ideological strife.
Both sides fully understand the precarious position we find ourselves in terms of our nation’s past, present, and future. It is a pivotal moment in our history—one that will define who we become for decades to come.
This is that fundamental, overarching, defining moment—a moment both sides will attempt to seize by any and all means. There will be no compromise nor common ground found. Rather, the strife will only continue to worsen—further compounding the pandemic, economic, and social forces now unfolding.
Reason and science will be abandoned for ideology, truth for propaganda, and freedom/responsibility for security and control.
Threat #5: The Geopolitical Pressure-Cooker
As economies implode around the globe and civil unrest deepens, geopolitical risk will escalate uncontrollably.
This will be the inevitable outcome of a need for distraction, blame, and control on the part of the state.
First, governments will need to find a distraction—a way to unite the people and regain some semblance of control. History declares that foreign conflict is almost always the drink of choice.
Second, there will be a growing demand to blame someone for the crisis—only further increasing the likelihood of conflicts.
Third, global players will begin to see strategic opportunities amid the chaos—opportunities to expand their power and control while others are distracted or weakened.
Tensions are already being ratcheted up to levels not seen since the Cold War. The world is perched atop a massive powder keg… just waiting for one tiny spark to ignite a global conflict—whether it is intentional or accidental.
We are entering a new cold war between the East and West. It was only by divine providence (or blind luck if you prefer) that we were able to survive the last cold war without ushering in the apocalypse—again, by accident or design.
The likelihood that we will survive this one unscathed are less than remote.
Armed conflict will be coming. And once it starts, there will be no going back—China will not stand down.
Preparation MUST Continue to Be Your Primary Focus
Being prepared for all contingencies must continue to be your primary focus. I cannot stress that strongly enough.
There is still time and opportunity to improve your level of preparedness, but they are running out.
If, by some crazy roll of the dice, we manage to avoid all the growing risks mentioned above… you will have lost nothing by being better prepared.
If, on the other hand, things do—as we predict—grow worse… you will not have the opportunity later to get better prepared.
That’s the nature of preparedness—it must occur before the threat is realized.
Once the need arises and is recognized by the masses, it is too late. You are already ensnared in the jaws of the trap, your destiny determined, and your fate sealed.
Take advantage of this momentary lull in the perfect storm to (a) assess your weaknesses and (b) reinforce them. Preparation is a cycle—one of continuous improvement.
We encourage you to employ a SWOT analysis approach—one that identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This will guide you as you continue to raise your level of preparedness.
Here are the six critical areas of preparedness you should carefully consider:
Things are not going to get better—despite the impassioned desires of the masses and the best intentions of the government. We have reached critical mass. We are on a course that can no longer be materially changed.
Given that reality, it is critical that we continue to prep with as much intensity and commitment as possible.
Thankfully, we still have both time and opportunity. However, both will quickly dwindle in the coming weeks and months.
Don’t take your eye of the ball. Don’t be distracted by “shiny new objects” (e.g., protests) or lulled to sleep by media reports that all is well, we survived, and we’ll be back to normal in no time.
“Opening” the economy back up is but a hollow and token gesture. Without the much-needed demand, it is purely symbolic and will accomplish nothing. The pandemic will limit (or cap) demand. No demand—no jobs. No jobs—no economy. And with no economy, the dystopia is all but an inevitable outcome—aided by the forces of pandemic, political strife, social unrest, and global conflict.
Use this brief respite—a lull in the growing storm—to ensure you are as prepared as possible for whatever comes your way. Don’t stop prepping.