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Pilgrims – The first preppers of the New World (image from Wikipedia)

Survivalism is actually a time honored Armerican tradition that predates even Thanksgiving. Here are some examples of which I am aware…

The Pilgrims brought Calvinism, with theological doctrine of predestination with total depravity and codified morality while stealing “borrowing” corn from their reluctant Indian neighbors.

Shakers were convinced that sex was evil, which left an awful lot of energy for building ladder-back chairs. But they also are credited with the circular sawBabbitt bearings, and perhaps the clothespin.

The Amish have successfully avoided paying Social Security tax and are thus exempt from Obamacare.

The Oneida Community had some interesting ideas relating to GILF‘s…

Mormons have encouraged the equating of religious faith to ‘talking into one’s hat‘.

My uncle had a fallout shelter in his basement, and he solemnly invited my father, mother and us kids over to view it. We were supposed to keep it a family secret, so we wouldn’t be overrun by desperadoes when that terrible day came. I saw it as a more sophisticated, but equivalently futile, version of “duck and cover,” but I never told my parents.

Along with the Cold War Survivalists, the hippies were the only other secular group of opt-outers  I could think of. The cooks at my college fraternity lived in a yurt and fried their brains on acid (or so it seemed to me – they let their baby boy, Loma, crawl around on the floor and squat in the kitchen without any diapers). They all eventually surpassed thirty and were forced to lose trust in themselves.

The Branch Davidian debacle, still controversial, was a likely stimulus for Oklahoma City.

Finally, there is Ayn Rand’s fictional bug-out found in the pages of Atlas Shrugged.

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