Originally posted by: Jason VoorheeesOriginally posted by: crunkmooseOriginally posted by: barbarossa
One of the main reasons for the continuity of trade after Rome fell is that it didn't 'fall' at all, but changed - rather slowly - into several other states. There was chaos and disruption in some regions, but contemporary historiography is very much on the side of continuity.
I'm not mentioning this to be a dick but to point out that survivalists and other eschatologically inclined folks won't take historical examples on the face of it.
And, of course, they still had far far more actual production of goods and meaningful services vital to life than we do today.. and they had an agricultural system far closer to the general populace than we have in most areas today.
Want to be prepared? Go sell all your gold right now while the price is still high and invest instead in dry storage containers, fill them with canned food, salt, guns, tools, ammo, seeds, etc.. then bury them keeping close track of how many, what they contained, and where you put them. Then, of course, stock your basement or bunker or house with the same sorts of things. Gold may eventually become useful again in a few years, but by that time you want to still be alive in the first place. Before a gold economy re-emerges the stuff is going to be pretty much useless for trade or survival. Sure, you can do a few things with it... but you can't make a shelter with it, can't make food with it, and can't purify water with it.
lol, really? I think if you want to be prepared, the first step is to never listen to any retards like Dwarn.
Originally posted by: barbarossa.
I think that there is also an unknowable factor in filling the vacuum - gigantic corporations. Multinationals of the evil variety have been scare-tactic fodder for conspiracy theorists and science fiction authors for a long time, but it's true that many of them have the resources and the muscle to carve out fully functioning empires.