National Geographic has a show about survivalists, “Doomsday Preppers.” I’ve never understood survivalists: as paranoid and fearful as I am, these guys are crazy. But everyone needs hobbies I suppose, and it’s relatively harmless. Until you get to this guy (boldface mine):
“We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.”
…He and his compatriots just fear what might happen if society breaks down. They plan on being survivors, not victims.
Most preppers, Smith says, are concerned with marauders taking their supplies. It’s not an unfounded fear, he says.
“We are those people,” he says. “We’ll kick your door in and take your supplies. … We are the marauders.”
Smith doesn’t want to hurt people. Nor is he planning on taking food or looting TVs. He’s more interested in medical supplies and other crucial necessities. Whatever it takes to protect his family.
As part of his strategy, Smith and Pedrini are developing a suit of armor to wear on his foraging forays. Smith says his homemade protection will be bulletproof, lightweight and stronger than anything sold in a store.
“It will also make me the apex predator in my area, and that’s all that matters,” he says.
Yes, this is excessive, but take away the camo fatigues and tell me just how different it is from many of the justifications that we hear for conservative policy. Just protecting my family (too bad about yours). Someone has to have all the stuff, so why not me? (if you took initiative like I did, we wouldn’t steal from you). I am the apex predator, the alpha male, the patriarch (to use a current phrase).
That this would probably require killing people is left unsaid.
We are the marauders. Some of us, anyway.