A gentleman I know has written a lengthy article on how to survive “marshal law”. In case you are unaware: Some 9/11 Truthers and other conspiracy theorists suspect that Bush will suspend the upcoming presidential election and institute martial law throughout the U.S. and Canada, buying the global elite some more time in which to consolidate their power and establish the New World Order. Some of them are selling the same kind of emergency-preparedness kits and how-to books that their ilk sold to panicky people in the months preceding Y2K (see the post on Dr. Bill Deagle below this one), while others are simply advising people to stock up on food, water, and medical supplies as soon as possible. My acquaintance falls into the latter category. It is not clear to me why he’s so concerned about martial law, as he also believes that Planet X (AKA Nibiru) will soon pass close to Earth, causing a “pole shift” and resultant climate change that will wipe out most life on the planet. U.S. martial law seems a minor inconvenience by comparison, don’t you think? (the Planet X/”pole shift” nonsense is ably debunked by astrobiologist David Morrison at the Ask an Astrobiologist website and in the most recent issue of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, by the way).
The martial law scenario is unlikely on several fronts, which I won’t go into here. I’m not as disturbed by these warnings as I am by the tone in which they are delivered. After all, there’s nothing wrong with being prepared for emergencies, having extra food on hand, or even taking a survivalist course. It’s quite sensible, particularly if you live in a disaster-prone area.
What bothers me is the lack of balance in the lives of people who are anticipating martial law, and the seige mentality that is developing among them. Alex Jones has told his radio listeners numerous times that he no longer goes to movies or dines out with friends because he’s too busy reading declassified documents and fighting the NWO. It saddens me that a young father and husband is so busy preserving his life that he has forgotten how to live it.
My acquaintance is taking the same path. He writes, “Cut back on frivolous consuming and entertainment. If you buy fictional books and supermarket magazines etc, or Hollywood DVDs, or go to movies or eat out, stop it now. You and your family need to inform yourselves and teach yourself needed skills.”
I often laugh over some of the more outlandish declarations made by the “conspiranoid” community, but when I see this kind of baseless fear taking control of people’s lives I can only feel sadness. Conspiracy theories are not always harmless fun. I am disgusted by the fear-based marketing strategies of paranoia peddlers who advertise their “survival seeds” and gas masks on Patriot radio stations. They are exploiting not just the unease that people naturally feel in times of economic and social crisis, they are pandering to irrational fears that are based primarily on rumour, conspiracy theories, and misinformation. Think about it: If these people truly believe the world as we know it is about to end, why are they still hawking their wares? Shouldn’t they be inside a bunker at an undisclosed location?
You cannot afford to put your life on hold even in the hardest of times. It’s short, and if you spend it waiting anxiously for the sh** to come down, you may someday realize you wasted it. My advice would be this: Stock enough supplies to take care of yourself and/or your family in the event of severe weather, a natural disaster, etc. Then go out and play football with your kids, or dip into a good book, or take a long stroll with your dog. It’s all about balance.
As I wrote a year ago, after listening to Alex Jones castigate his listeners for buying Christmas gifts and watching TV, “I don’t have the luxury of lapsing into gloom-&-doom paranoia as a hobby. I like Spongebob. I will watch TV if I damn well feel like it. I will laugh my ass off at lolcats. I don’t need to submerge myself in crazy endtimes fear-mongering to justify my existence on this planet or to prove I’m not one of the sheeple.
Sure, I’m concerned about defending my rights, but those rights include the right to be frivolous once in a while!”