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December 28, 2011

The Coming "Soft Dark Ages"

Where will the new fortresses be? Either in lands that can protect themselves or are far enough away from the barbarians that they will be difficult to invade and hold.
In the former case, Texas and Utah come to mind, states whose populations are already armed and whose economic infrastructures already lay upon solid technological foundations. More remote places, like New Zealand, Alberta, Baja California, could set up defendable dark age redoubts if they were properly armed, including with nuclear weapons. -- Bookworm Room » Charles Martel

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 28, 2011 2:02 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This is a genuinely comforting perspective. An awful lot did survive the fall of the Western Roman Empire. I'd like to think we will do better.

Posted by: A non Imous at December 28, 2011 3:11 PM

"This is a genuinely comforting perspective"

That's your first clue. Charles is a great guy but he's mouthy and like me, definitely not under the radar. The idea that the coming tyranny will somehow overlook a bunch of survivalist types with an dream/agenda is foolish. WTSHTF and the winner walks away it won't be us and there will be no place on earth where the very expression on your face will not be noted.

Charles, didn't you read to the end of the Book? It's our future.

Posted by: I-RIGHT-I at December 28, 2011 4:11 PM

Also, I think he's overly optimistic about the applicable knowledge people possess even now. There are plenty of places in the world with all the amenities of modern life, but which are filled with people who genuinely believe (for instance) that a curse can be transmitted via a cell phone. Even Westerners often seem to be barely more cognizant of how things work, much less how to make things work. All that stored data which gives him so much confidence becomes useless and may as well not exist once the power goes down for good.

Posted by: Julie at December 28, 2011 6:06 PM

I wish i still lived in Alabama when I read apocalyptic forecasts. I believe those wild eyed Southern boys are still full of piss and vinegar and will at least go down fighting.

Posted by: bill at December 28, 2011 9:02 PM

Alberta will be the place to be. When I lived in Alberta and had to drive any distance in the winter, I always had a few candles and matches in the car with me. My Alberta-born friends advised me to carry these because "all you need is a small source of heat in the car to keep you from freezing if your car breaks down in the winter, otherwise you die."

What you learn by living in Alberta is that either you are smart and always prepared or you die. It was a wonderful place to live because of the people there.

Posted by: Gloria at December 29, 2011 10:31 AM

"our destiny will call for us to recreate the wonderful things that men once called “the West” and “America.”

because we all recognize that it is past tense

Posted by: sofa at December 29, 2011 2:01 PM

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