Why the Rich Elite will Suffer When the SHTF

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 24, 2021
Why the Rich Elite will Suffer When the SHTF

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collapse1The rich elite will suffer if there is a collapse and rest of us working stiffs will be fine thank you very much.  That is my belief anyway.

So why?  Conventional wisdom and sense (if you want to call it that) tells us that those with fat bank accounts have it made:  steady incomes, nice homes, luxury automobiles, and lots of help in the way of secretaries, personal chefs, housekeepers, gardeners, pool tenders and a myriad of other folks that make their day quite pleasant.  In addition, they have all the latest and toys gadgets and when a new model comes out they are first in line to get it.

So initially, these fat cats will be just fine in the event of a global economic collapse.  But wait?  What will happen to their cushy life when money becomes devalued or even worthless?  Well first of all, they will go through their pantries in a week or two – possibly a month – and then find that when they need basic supplies, the shelves at the grocery are empty.

And then there is fear.  Fear that their money is worthless, fear that the zombies will come in and steal their possessions, and perhaps the biggest fear of all, the fear that someone will shoot them dead for no reason other than unmitigated chaos within our cities and society ion general.

This does not make a pretty picture.

So what about the preppers?

We already know how to make a decent meal out of rice, beans and home grown greens.  While the rich elite have spent their summers vacationing and being pampered we have spent our free time learning and practicing survival methods and techniques to prepare ourselves.

We have extra water but we also know how to purify lake and stream water.  We know how to get our hands dirty and how to barter our knowledge and skills that with someone who has a skill we lack. We also have medical supplies and weapons to defend ourselves. And equally important, we have walked around our neighborhoods and communities and established a “hi, how are you?” relationship with those around us so that they recognize us and we recognize them. In doing so we have built an extended family that will watch our backs – as we will watch theirs – if the SHTF.

We will have our wits about us because we have already survived the 21st century recession with self-reliance and and the perseverance to protect ourselves and our families no matter what.  We live the preparedness lifestyle now and are not willing to wait for some horrible event in the future before we begin to take care of ourselves.

Our baby steps, taken week after week, month after month, year after year, will have taught us the value of hard work, austerity and loyalty as well as compassion and heart.  If the SHTF these qualities will help us stay on our feet and to hold our heads high.  For although we may be in shock and we may suffer hardships, we will be able to survive and use our skills to help build a better society.

Please share this message with your families, your friends and your colleagues at work.  Remind them that you too started with baby steps and that you still are not finished and may never be.  Be generous with your knowledge and point them to the myriad of resources available to help them become educated in the preparedness lifestyle.  And most of all, remind them to be prepared, not scared.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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19 Responses to “Why the Rich Elite will Suffer When the SHTF”

  1. imagine a powerful man who repeatedly raped boys and girls in a village because he could get away with it. if the conventional justice system does not prosecute because it is owned/controlled by that man, what will happen in a time of great unrest/tribulation? i’m guessing the rest of the village will eviscerate him and likely murder any of his offspring. i don’t condone violence in any form (physical, emotional, verbal, mental,..) but i cannot approve of how elite power-families have raped the Earth and exploited others since the beginnings of human civilization. what comes around goes around; those who live by the sword will die by the sword; an exploiter will get his due. i don’t feel sorry for him (as some might argue i must). he dug his own grave; jump in buster .. i have argued for compassion and forgiveness in much of my writings but.. embracing a rapist only encourages them. given time, they will do it again .. no, i agree with the fatalists / doomsayers / armageddon-watchers – we deserve a ‘house cleaning’ of extreme magnitude since basically we’ve allowed the rape of mother Earth and exploitation of underprivileged by our passivity.. in a sense, we’re as guilty as the elites for their rape and exploitation.. and we will pay for our sins against Mother and each other.. God is not vengeful, but we are – and we will pay-back ourselves for our stupidity and complacency.

  2. Yea I think the real elite will do fine in the short term. They have the money to buy the right lands and have all the supplies that they will ever need. That being said, I agree that in the long run the average prepper is probably better off.

    The reason I think that is because most of us have one thing that the elite don’t have SKILLS.
    When the SHTF and people start going crazy they are going to go after the elite first. Most of these people have no clue how to live without their possessions and will have no idea where to go or how to get away. They will be sitting ducks .

    • Yes, that pretty much sums up my view. Over the long term, the preppers will have better coping skills – something that money can not buy.

      — Gaye

  3. Sure, there are many clueless rich, and they may well fare worse than average in a collapse unless favored by luck, karma or connections. OTOH the “elite” designers of our economic torture chamber have at least a vague idea how long they can bleed and feed from the economy. It is now staggering, from massive vampire feeding; when it keels over, i expect the vampires will have a contingency plan or three to keep feeding off of the survivors. Lacking inside info, i can only guess what those plans might be. A new war or two to profit from while reducing the “surplus population” seems likely. Designating anyone with stuff worth taking as a “hoarder”, or domestic terrorist; then confiscating whatever for the “good of the people” seems likely, with tipsters maybe getting a cut. There may be a setup for generational war, with some exorting folks to prepare for the “Golden Horde” or a “Mad Max” scenario, and another group suggesting Boomers caused this mess and deserve to suffer for it.

    Enough dark thoughts, the point is it is quite hazardous to underestimate our enemies.

  4. I’ve been thinking about this. I have a brother who qualifies as “rich.” He’s a year younger than me. He built a superb retreat up in the Sierra mountains, keeps himself current on trends and events. Other than the amount of money he can devote to his preparations, he’s not a lot different than I am and I’m by no means wealthy. On the other hand, I know an individual who is extremely wealthy. He has done nothing other than buying precious metals and that’s purely as a hedge against inflation. I have asked him why he isn’t taking the most basic precautions when he agrees that the economic system is going to implode. He says if you have gold, you can always buy anything you need regardless of what the hoi poloi may be suffering. I reminded him the Russian Revolution does not bear this theory out and he laughed in my face. I suppose it just depends on the person and his attitude.

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