The time of the crackpots?

I’ve noted before that I believe that our debt-laden economy is headed toward collapse, and that this collapse will be worse than the Great Depression.

To digress a bit, I’ve noticed that churches that believe strongly in word, sacrament, and godly discipline attract solid, godly people. They also attract the occasional oddball, the kind of person you just won’t run into at your average (worldly) megachurch. Similarly, principled political movements attract great people, but also a few folks who are off-kilter. You’ll see eccentrics at a Ron Paul rally that you wouldn’t have seen at a McCain rally.

In Intellectuals, Paul Johnson noted Karl Marx’s journalism background and his apocalyptic, melodramatic tendencies. If you’ve read boards about surviving a crisis, you’ll find similarly apocalyptic folks who spread (imo) as much chaff as wheat (e.g. Alex Jones). Folks whose imaginations seem a bit overheated, who’ve maybe watched a few too many zombie movies and read a few too many novels. Just the other day I came across a thread where a man polled others to ask if they would eat another person if things were bad enough. The majority of the poll respondents would not rule it out. Alrrrrighty.

How do we approach the topic of “surviving an economic collapse” which is so attractive to crackpots and unstable people? First, one should be discerning, because history shows that strange people attract followings in hard times (a good church will aid in your discernment). Second, though, don’t throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater by closing your eyes to the real possibility of economic collapse. The road we’re headed down– the destruction of the currency– is a road other countries have taken. The result isn’t pretty. Although I don’t agree with everything this guy says, including his occasional profanity, posts like this are instructive (note: not for the squeamish) as we face a possible time of troubles in the next few years unlike any we’ve known.

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