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50 Questions To Ask the Non-Prepper

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
50 Questions To Ask the Non-Prepper

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I have become a bit discouraged by the number of other-wise intelligent people I meet that do not have a clue about preparedness.  Given that a natural disaster can happen to anyone at any time, and the fact that the MSM has been promoting 3 day kits for the past several years, I have to think “What Type of Sandbox are these people living in?”

Of course those of us in the know realize that a 3 day kit is the bare minimum requirement for survival following a disaster.  We also know that a natural disaster is only one type of threat.  Cyber attacks, EMPs, and the dreaded collapse of the global economy are just a few of the other major threats we face in the 21st century.

50 Questions to Ask the Non Prepper

Because of this, I am sharing some questions that should be asked and answered by those that have not awakened to the call to prepare.  The questions were created by Michael Snyder, a prolific seeker of truth who writes The Economic Collapse Blog.  He also is a person who cares about our country and our world and who gave this blogger lots of encouragement as I was just getting started a few years ago.

But first, let us answer the question “What is a Prepper?”.

What Is a Prepper?

To paraphrase what Michael says in his article, “anyone that can see a very serious crisis coming and that is taking steps to prepare for that crisis is a prepper.”  You may have preppers living next door to you and truth be told, they may not want to label themselves for fear of ridicule. And yet you and I both know they are not being foolish.

What better insurance policy than one that assures our survival and personal sustainability while at the same time lines our cupboards and shelves with food and supplies rather than the pockets of mainstream insurance companies that are racking in profits from our use-or-lose premiums?

50 Shocking Questions That You Should Ask To Anyone That Is Not A Prepper Yet

Perhaps you are reading this and you are thinking that people who are “preparing for disaster” are being rather foolish. Well, I encourage you to read the list of questions that I have compiled below and come to your own conclusions.

The following are 50 shocking questions that you should ask to anyone that is not a prepper yet…

#1 Why are sales of physical silver coins breaking all sorts of all-time records? The U.S. Mint is on pace to sell more silver eagles during the first month of 2013 than it did during the entire year of 2007.

#2 Why has Germany announced that it will be moving gold from New York and Paris to its own vaults back home? Is this a sign of a breakdown in trust among global central banks?

#3 Why is China systematically hoarding gold?

#4 Why have billionaires such as George Soros and John Paulson been hoarding massive amounts of gold?

#5 Why are billionaires buying up so much ranch land up in Montana?

#6 Why is Russia warning that we are rapidly approaching a global “currency war”?

#7 Why has Barack Obama chosen this moment to launch an all-out attack on the Second Amendment?

#8 Why does Barack Obama want doctors to ask their patients questions about firearms?

#9 Why is there an incredibly severe nationwide ammunition shortage all of a sudden?

#10 Why has a bill been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that “would ban Internet or mail order ammunition purchases“?

#11 Why are gun control advocates such as Piers Morgan pushing for us to become more like the UK when the UK actually has a much higher violent crime rate than we do?

#12 Why was a Forbes article that made a connection between the use of psychiatric drugs and the mass shootings that we have seen in recent years almost immediately taken down from the Internet?

#13 Why does the federal government want to start putting “black boxes” in all new motor vehicles?

#14 Why are some U.S. states now using computers to predict “future crimes“?

#15 Why are “black-clad federal SWAT teams” raiding farms and ranches all over the United States?

#16 Why are we all being trained to spy on one another?

#17 Why are highly advanced facial recognition cameras being put up all over the United States?

#18 Why have police departments all over America begun to deploy unmanned surveillance drones in the skies over our cities?

#19 Why are schools all over America beginning to require students to carry IDs with RFID microchips in them wherever they go?

#20 Why are more Americans not outraged that nearly 400 TSA employees have been fired for stealing from travelers since 2003?

#21 Why are Americans not more outraged that TSA goons are manhandling the private areas of our women and our children in the name of “national security”?

#22 Why is an elderly survivor of the Nazi occupation of Austria, Kitty Werthmann, warning that America is heading down the exact same path that she experienced?

#23 If the economy is in good shape, then why are more than one out of every four U.S. workers with a 401(k) raiding those funds in order to pay current expenses?

#24 Why does the Federal Reserve continue to insist that the economy is “improving” when it obviously is not?

#25 Why can so few Americans explain how money is created in the United States?

#26 Why has the U.S. dollar declined in value by well over 95 percent since the Federal Reserve was created?

#27 Why is the U.S. national debt more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was created?

#28 Why isn’t the mainstream media in the U.S. discussing the fact that the U.S. dollar is in danger of losing its status as the primary reserve currency of the world?

#29 Why don’t more Americans know about the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble?

#30 Why did the U.S. national debt grow during the first four years of the Obama administration by about as much as it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that George W. Bush took office?

#31 Why is the middle class in America bringing home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before?

#32 If the U.S. economy is producing a healthy number of good jobs, then why are we spending nearly a trillion dollars a year on welfare?

#33 If the U.S. economy is not collapsing, then why has the number of Americans on food stamps grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today?

#34 If America is still an economic powerhouse, then why have we lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001?

#35 Why are we losing half a million jobs to China every single year?

#36 Why were one out of every ten homes sold in the state of California last year purchased by Chinese citizens?

#37 Why has the percentage of men with jobs in the United States fallen so dramatically? Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#38 Why are so many Americans poor today? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either “poor” or “low income”. Why is this happening?

#39 Why does the U.S. government have a website that teaches immigrants how to sign up for welfare programs once they arrive in the United States?

#40 Why has the number of gang members living in the United States risen by an astounding 40 percent just since 2009?

#41 Why does approximately one out of every three children in the United States live in a home without a father? Can such a society prosper in the long run?

#42 Why are our supermarkets being flooded with genetically-modified foods when a whole host of studies have shown that they are potentially dangerous to human health?

#43 If the economy has “improved” during the Obama years, then why are hunger and poverty still absolutely skyrocketing in the United States?

#44 Why are more than a million public school students in the United States homeless?

#45 Why are more than 50 percent of all children in Detroit living in poverty? Detroit used to be one of the greatest cities in the entire world. How did such prosperity turn into such desolation?

#46 Why did a violent riot break out at an event where government-subsidized section 8 housing vouchers were being handed out in a suburb of Detroit earlier this month? Is this the kind of unrest that we can expect to see all over the country when things get really bad?

#47 Why are cities all over the United States making it illegal to feed the homeless?

#48 Why is the UN trying to take control of the Internet?

#49 Why have global food supplies sunk to their lowest level in nearly 40 years?

#50 Why is global power concentrated in so few hands? According to the Swiss Federal Institute, a network of 147 mega-corporations control 40 percent of all the wealth in the world, and in a previous article I described how just six obscenely powerful corporations completely dominate the media industry in the United States. Is it good for such incredible power to be concentrated in the hands of so few people?

The Final Word

I share this with you today because we, as a group tend to have friends and relatives that scoff at our efforts and consider our preparedness lifestyle a bit “off”.  Okay, lets be honest.  They consider us nut jobs.

That being said, having blind faith in a broken system is foolhardy at best.  Taking personal responsibility for our own long-term welfare is going to be key in surviving the years of crisis and hard times ahead of us.  My own opinion is that we must fall – and fall hard – before our global economy will recover. That recovery is going to take years and I will probably be a very old lady before that happens.

I encourage you to share this message and this article with at least one person that is on the fence. We all need to do our part to to wake up the world.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin: Preparing for hard times requires so much stuff. Just where do you start? How do you know whether what you have will do the job? I always like to recommend that you start by taking inventory of what you already have on hand.  Here are some of my favorites.

Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.

Gorilla Clear Repair Tape and Gorilla Tape 35-Yard Roll:  Enough of you have told me I need to try Gorilla Tape so okay, I have just purchased some and will put it through its tests.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: FAVORITE! Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.  Many Backdoor Survival have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too.

Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket:  I was interested in a re-usable emergency blanket so I purchased one of these based upon the excellent reviews.  This space blanket is definitely “heavy duty” compared to the cheapies (not that they don[t have their place.  A Backdoor Survival reader passed on this tip:

We place one of these blankets silver side up on our mattress underneath the fitted sheet or mattress cover.  It reflects body heat like you wouldn’t believe, instead of the heat being absorbed into the mattress.

Emergency Flashlights :  There are many choices when it comes to flashlights.  I prefer to have a lot of small flashlights stashed all over the place.  My favorites are the uber-cheap Mini Cree and the Blocklite. I also have built a total of five 2000-hour flashlights using this Eveready Lantern as a base.

AquaPodKit – Emergency Drinking Water  Have you considered storing water in your bathtub?  The AquaPod is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing.

SABRE RED Police Strength Pepper Spray:  This fits in the palm of your hand and is equipped with a convenient hand strap for immediate deployment.  SABRE delivers a strong ballistic stream to reduce wind blow back and permits safe distance from your threat with its ten (10) foot range.



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21 Responses to “50 Questions To Ask the Non-Prepper”

  1. Hey All,
    I’ve been a subscriber maybe around a year now and plugging along (and mostly alone) on my Preps. Happened along this article rummaging around Backdoor site, then I left and went on to other mail. Found this articale from Freedon POutpost in my email today, and with this fresh in my head, I thought this was a nice addition…
    Here’s the Link…


    It’s a bit long, but WELL worth the read! Hope everyove finds it insightful, and can garner some intel 🙂


  2. Thanks for a step by step list of what the mind of a crazy person looks like. Now I know to turn and run if anyone asks me one of these questions! I don’t want to catch stupid. I here it is contagus, I think I read an article about it online so it must have been real.

    • if you can ignore the occasional bout of right-wing credulity on this site, her practical advice is generally excellent.

    • also,, she puts a lot of time and effort into researching products and skills, etc, that most of us can’t or won’t do on our own.

    • I hear you on the intuition, been ‘splaining that til now my family is used to hearing it. lol

  3. While this article provides a much needed wake-up call, the vast majority of folks have no idea just how basic our survival might become within hours or even minutes.
    Survival so basic… such as the air that we breathe, the water that our bodies desperately need, and some food whenever we can get it.
    Warmth from the elements and protection from aggressors.
    Extra attention should be given to Items #5, #15, and #49 listed above.
    Much of the other stuff might ultimately prove to only be distractions from the survival reality that might suddenly appear before us.
    After all, it’s a long-shot to think that a person would survive on a diet of 99.9% pure gold.

  4. Thanks Jim and Dee– I guess i have been worried that since i am a kind of beginning prepper (4 years) that i am worried that if i buy certian things it will target me as a prepper for FEMA to come and take my supplies when S.H.T.F.

    • You’re welcome. It really isn’t about worrying, it’s about being aware and making the preps for you and your family. To be honest, I don’t worry about FEMA nor anyone else taking my supplies. I actually have plans for when that happens. If it doesn’t, then I will have extra, if it does…..well, let’s just say that’s taken care of too. 🙂 Worry is like fear, it can keep you from doing what needs doing. Both are mind killers.

  5. It isn’t just the government and large corporations. It is also the people. Most people are afraid of the terms “prepper” and “conspiracy theorist”. They never realise that they may just be proving that they are incapable of rational thought! They would rather vote for someone that will give them something, regardless of who has to pay for it, than for someone that will really do something to help them help themselves.
    I do realise that our main stream media has demonized the terms prepper and conspiracy theorist, but the people let them do it! Just like they are letting the government demonize whistle blowers!

    • I disagree in a way Jim. I see the government and corporations gathering info so they gain more power. I see many of “the people” as followers which are in most cultures. No see ‘um, no hear ‘um, no speak ‘um. I’m thinking these would be the ‘zombies’ I keep hearing about. Of course the media has demonized. In so doing, it is supposed to isolate the thinkers and independent minded people when anything untowards happens.
      There is a saying for those who grow oysters, “You gotta shuck a lot of oysters to find the pearls.” 😉 Guess who the pearls are?

  6. The #1 question for me is…silver coins were used by our US pioneers in their water barrels to keep them drinkable. Not many know that, but it’s a major reason I have some ‘extra’ silver coins and a few of those silver baby cups. 😉
    Michele, it’s not just the government you need to be concerned about when considering who might be monitoring these prepper sites. Large corporations have unbelievably HUGE amounts of data on each of us. Ever notice how your websites seem to have ads aimed just at you? If you talk to the 30 somethings and younger, they can tell you just how privacy doesn’t exist so much on the ‘net.

    • do you know of any place i can get information on how to use silver to purify water? i know it can be done and has been done for centuries, but can’t find anything specific online. no doubt the companies who make water filters are suppressing the information, but it has to be out there somewhere. thank you.

    • It’s out there. Here’s one place to find some info. Sometimes it’s worth knowing history to know where to look for it. i.e. the American pioneers kept their silver dollars in their water barrels to keep their water clean and drinkable. People of wealth and those who could, upon the birth of a child, gave a small silver cup for th e child. You’ve heard, “Born with a silver cup in his/her mouth.” It wasn’t known how and even today they still don’t know much, but a baby or child drinking from a silver cup didn’t seem to suffer so many illnesses back then. Here’s a bit of current thinking along that line.

  7. Thank you for the informative article regarding the questions to ask a non- prepper. You put a great deal of time and effort asking questions and linking to evidence. Great job getting the word out.

  8. I have one question that might be added to this list–

    What is stopping the fools in the government from getting on sites like this and knowing what preppers are learning? Doesnt it make sense that they would so they will actually know who is truely a prepper and who is not?

  9. Some of those are a bit dated. However, most “well informed” people may know about 4 or 5 of them – and shrug it off!
    Also, it used to be that you could use the US dollar anywhere, even the deepest jungles of Africa or the Amazon. Now in many countries the US dollar is accepted either very reluctantly or not at all!

    I don’t think you can convince me that everything is or soon will be fine.

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