Economics and the Zombie Apocalypse

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Published on: November 8, 2013



It’s the end of the world (and you know it).

Have you ever seen that scene in movies when you hear ominous music, then you see animals all running in the same direction from imminent danger? Yeah, that scene. That is exactly the feeling many people have when looking at the world economy – specifically, the United Sates of America.  Why is this true?

When considering the current state of affairs not limited to a near depleted Medicare and Social Security fund, the recent housing bubble meltdown, inflation, massive job losses, a recession, multiple quantitative easing (bailouts), and a weak dollar, I’d say we have the perfect recipe for a bona fide zombie apocalypse.

I don’t watch much TV but over the last few years I have noticed an increase in the popularity of zombies and “end of the world” scenarios. From the Walking Dead to the hit show Doomsday Preppers. Now even if you don’t buy into the whole idea of this fodder, there is still something to be learned from all this media attention. Like the aforementioned animals running from imminent danger, we can’t help but get the impression that there is something afoot. Now allow me to make the correlation between zombies and preppers.

After watching a few episodes of Doomsday Preppers to see what all the fuss was about, I saw a myriad of reasons why the people on the show were prepping.  Fear of terrorist attacks, volcanic eruptions, and solar flares causing electromagnetic pulses (EMP) were some of the more prevalent reasons, but the common theme that seemed to run consistently throughout the show was global economic collapse.


The world has seen economies fall and recover but thus far each incident has been relatively isolated to one particular geographical area. But here is the big difference between then and now: this is the first time in history that the world uses a reserve currency. Care to take a guess which currency is the world reserve currency? You guessed it – the U.S. dollar!  Ever since President Nixon took the dollar off of the gold standard in 1971 (making it a fiat currency), it has been falling (slowing). But what has exacerbated the fall is the increase in spending, or should I say printing. Have you noticed that the only solution the government seems to have for every problem is taxing and spending? I guess when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail, as it were. Many believe, and so do I, that at our current pace an economic collapse is an mathematical inevitability rather than a possibility. Should the dollar collapse tomorrow and the U.S. population finds itself in the same situation as Germany or more recently Greece, and realizes that their fiat currency is now best suited for toilet paper, what do you think the reaction would be? Bingo, Zombie Apocalypse!

Millions of unprepared people will be roaming the streets in desperation, hunting and searching for food, water and other necessities (which would include medication). Truth be told, all of this will happen within the first three days of the collapse. This 3 day time frame is quite reasonable, considering the fact that the average household has a three-day supply of food on hand.  This, by the way, reflects the same amount your local grocery store has on its shelves. What will be truly shocking is when you see people do whatever it takes to get what they need to survive, even if it means taking what you have. In other words, the unprepared will be taking from the prepared.

I will spare you from the minutiae of every other doomsday scenario, but suffice it to say that you and I may want to make provisions for what I believe will be one of the world’s largest paradigm shifts, coming in second only to the discovery that the world is not flat. When the feces hit the rotating oscillator it will be the end of the world as we know it. 

Pray, prep, and protect yourself.

R. Reed

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