“We Are the Marauders”: A Difference in Degree, Not Kind

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.

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7 Responses to “We Are the Marauders”: A Difference in Degree, Not Kind

  1. John Danley says:

    Soldier of other people’s fortune.

  2. dr2chase says:

    He forgot fireproof, and I sure hope his suit of armor floats.

  3. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    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.

    Tinfoil hat?

    • dr2chase says:

      The easiest plan is to develop an immunity to iocaine powder, and when they demand medicine, just hand it over. (The immunity is in case they demand that you take a little to test its harmlessness, of course. And apparently there are in fact deadly toxins that you can develop an immunity to — see Ehrlich’s work with guinea pigs and his study of immunity.)

  4. onkelbob says:

    Things that are not said here is the person’s experience with the fog of war and its aftermath. It goes without saying these claims are boastful blathering of a stunted adolescent and should be considered as TV sensationalism. One afternoon identifying the victims of a large bomb blast, say the Marines and Navy personnel recovered from Beirut barracks usually cures one from such blithering

  5. Dbp says:

    This man is an animal. He isn’t planning on “doing what’s necessary” to protect his family. One, if he was trying to do that he would stockpile the supplies he’d need instead of murdering for them. And two, he’s reveling in the idea of killi g people to take their shit. He’s like the gun idiots that think they’re showing their dedication to protecting their families by giving long, tedious descriptions of how they intend to shoot burglars in their extremities and watching them bleed to death and/or talk about how much they want someone to “try something.” They’re people who traded their humanity in for being “a hero”

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