America's Black Friday Frenzy As Seen From Abroad
Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man
You Definitely Want To Avoid This
Some friends and I spent most of the weekend touring the future site of our resilient community in central Chile, just a few hours’ drive south of Santiago on a very modern highway.
As I’ve mentioned before, the site sprawls across roughly 1,000 acres in a gorgeous setting; a healthy chunk of the property is already planted as a working (and profitable) farm, and it was exciting to see so much in bloom over a beautiful, sunny summer weekend.
We picked organic vegetables out of the ground and made a fresh meal with full knowledge of exactly where our food had come from and how it had been grown. This is real power. And freedom.
When I returned to my apartment in Santiago and got caught up on major news events from around the world, some friends sent along the usual batch of Black Friday shopping videos. They’re hilarious… and utterly pathetic.
Almost without exception, the situation gets worse every year. People get bruised and bloodied as crowds battle each other for deep discounts. Last year several people died… and in response, most of the major retailers adjusted their specials and staggered their stores’ opening times to reduce the crowd levels.
It didn’t help much, as this year’s barrage of Black Friday incidents underscores yet again how hopeless the mindless culture of consumerism has become. People still trample each other, fight each other, etc. Now they are pepper-spraying each other… or even waiting in the parking lots to mug each other as shoppers exit the stores.
(A friend even told me one unconfirmed story of a group of Wal Mart parking lot muggers who themselves got mugged by a rival group of Wal Mart parking lot muggers.)
Then there’s this video showing the utter chaos and calamity that ensued when shoppers were fighting over towels put on sale at $1.28 each. Towels.
If this is how people act when towels are on sale, it certainly makes one wonder how well society will function when there’s actual chaos– like supply disruptions for food, fuel, or electricity.
Have you ever seen those UN Aid videos where mobs of Africans start violently looting the trucks carrying humanitarian supplies? Or the more recent videos of Haitians battling each other in the streets over bags of rice? Western society is not much more advanced.
If you truly believe there is a 0% chance of social unrest occurring where you live, then I encourage you to do absolutely nothing. And this is what most people will do.
If, on the other hand, you see several issues on the horizon which may threaten the smooth, orderly flow of modern society, then I encourage you to watch those Black Friday videos and answer a simple question– “Do you want to be around those people when it happens?”
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