Forget a Plan B! Do you have a Plan Zero?

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by hedgeless_horseman
Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 - 16:44

“Even the company of the mad was better than the company of the dead.”
- Stephen King, The Stand

My fellow ZeroHedge contributor, Simon Black, is always asking, "Do you have a Plan B?"  Apparently, Simon's current Plan B is bunkering up in some shithole, like Puerto Rico, with a back-up generator and a cistern, surrounded by three million Puerto Ricans.  Eeeesh.  I'll pass.  

I, too, often think about preparing for chaos and collapse, and have written several Zero Hedge articles over the last decade on the topic.  Unfortunately, the link to hedgeless_horseman's blog at the bottom of this and every article of mine is currently broken, so it is difficult for you, dear readers, to find them.  More than just doom porn, I try to write actionable articles for the rich and poor, with practical information that is both entertaining and useful, even if the shit doesn't ever hit the fan.  I have never sold anything or talked my book, in ten years here, because I do not have anything to sell you.  

This article, however, is different.  It is the fourth article in a series where ZH readers and I have, in part, been considering how to fulfill the need for safety in numbers with like minded people in dangerous times of extreme crisis and chaos.  



Although the idea of a Little House on the Prairie meets Gangs of New York community of ZHers is certainly compelling, a libertarian utopia for sure, our current living and working arrangements are simply too nice, and the world is still a bit too sane, for the vast majority of us to pull up stakes and come together in one place to live freely and to defend one another's life, liberty, and property.  However, as we know, that can all change in a moment.  If it does change, and everything goes to zero, then we Zero Hedgers certainly need to have our hedges in place.  It is not like we haven't been warned.  Alternatively, we can plan to rely on the government to tell us what to do and where to go.  I am sure Bernie's socialists will have a nice re-education kamp where we can all, "...earn a living wage."  

“Looking back, I still can't believe how unprofessional the news media was. So much spin, so few hard facts. All those digestible sound bites from an army of 'experts' all contradicting one another, all trying to seem more 'shocking' and 'in-depth' than the last one. It was all so confusing, nobody seemed to know what to do.”

- Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War 


Obviously, we ZHers do not trust the government, or the fake news.  But imagine, for example, that Civil War 2 does break out in the USA, The Boogaloo, and you open your web browser to to find out what is truly going on, only to read, "HTTP 404 Error - Server Not Found."  Uh oh.  

Well, at least you can sling your Benelli riot gun, and enjoy some canned soup in the basement, while you decide what to do, next, because you read and followed my article...   

Preparing for Zombie Apocalypse for less than $1,200 in just one weekend…

No?  You don't have a Benelli shotgun to defend your home?   Uh oh. 

After a couple weeks of spending most of the day hunkered down in the basement with the lil_monkeys and their diminishing supply of food and toiletries left over from the daycare business, tonight, mrs_monkey is starting to really worry.  It is now well past dark, the power is out, again, and mr_monkey has yet to return home with his pistol.  She can hear bits and pieces of what sounds like two of her neighbors involved in a serious argument out in the street.  All of the sudden, she hears a window explode upstairs.  Both of the lil_monkeys start crying.  mrs_monkey grips her 9 iron with both hands, while holding the flashlight in her mouth.  Tears are running down her cheeks, but she isn't sad.  She is pissed off.…

Friends, I would hate to see you in mrs_monkey's situation, and I doubt many of us can afford our own bug out bunker in the boonies.  Neither can most of us afford Simon Black's Plan B, or would choose bugging out to a foreign place populated with people that are very different from us, during a global collapse, even if we could afford it.  

This is why I am presenting to you Plan Zero.  

Essentially, Plan Zero is nothing more than a slight expansion of the tactical concept known as a rally point.  A rally point is simply a predetermined location where team members plan to meet.  Our family and close friends have had local, state, national, and international rally points for many years.  This gives us a strong sense of peace knowing that whatever happens, and wherever we are, we know where we could find each other if the SHTF.  I would hate myself if an EMP caused all electronic communications to go down, like in the book, One Second After, and my friends and family didn't know where we are to meet.

A rally point is nice for peace of mind, sure, but it is also critically important from a security standpoint, because of the tactical truth that there is safety in numbers.

And do you really believe, men, that if the shit hits the fan, you are going to be able to sit on your front porch and fend off "The Golden Horde" with your deer hunting rifle, while the Little Lady stays in the kitchen and makes you a sandwich?  If you do, then Lauren Southern, Max Alexander, and I have some news for you about gun fights and societal collapse.  

Usually, the Lone Wolf - Porch Sniper dies, especially when faced with multiple adversaries, and the Little Lady gets raped then eventually murdered.

Why?  Primarily, because "fire and maneuver" is what usually wins a real gunfight, despite what you might see in a John Wick movie, and it simply doesn't work very well when it is just you firing and maneuvering.…

Plan Zero is not a novel idea.  I already explained rally points, and the related concept of a redoubt has existed for centuries.  

The term redoubt is derived from Medieval Latin as a “secret place,” although by the 18th century it was a word used to define a specific type of military structure used as part of larger fortifications.  Redoubts were mostly built in North America throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. They could be placed close to a fort’s walls or placed in the outer defense works of a fort. They could also be constructed even further away from the fort and its outer works. No matter where a redoubt was built, however, the main purpose was always clear: redoubts could serve as a first line of defense in the face of enemy fire or invasion.”

What may be a bit novel, however, is combining the transient aspects of a rally point, with the idea of an anonymous, loosely organized, and widely distributed group such as we have here on ZH, to create a just-in-time redoubt, should the necessity arise in the future.  In Stephen King's most excellent book, The Stand, after TEOTWAWKI all good people are told in dreams to rally in Boulder, Colorado, and the evil people are drawn to Las Vegas.  



To a certain extent, we have some experience with this sort of thing, already, by way of the three Annual ZH Live Fight Clubs we have held, the fourth one coming up this May at Devils Tower. What sorts of people can we expect to show up, should Plan Zero be put into play?  Come on out to Wyoming and see for yourself!

“And when there are enough outsiders together in one place, a mystic osmosis takes place and you're inside.”

- Stephen King, The Stand

At this point, you should be asking, "Hey hedgeless, would you really bet your life and the lives of your family on a bunch of us ZeroHedge readers, many of whom you have never met?"  My educated answer is, yes, absolutely.  Don't let this go to your head.  This is simply because of the available alternatives.  I know my neighbors.  I know how far away we are from a major city.  I have done the pre-crisis analysis and completed all Six Orders of Business...

...your first orders of business are to determine which side you are on, who is likely with you, and who is likely against you.…;

I have many years of experience with various mutual assistance groups, and my current belief is that bigger is better.  By bigger, I mean hundreds or even thousands of like minded people.  Disagree?  Just consider the tragedy of the ATF's raid in Waco, watch the documentary film on Mexico, Cartel Land, and watch the Vice documentary on the Cannibal Warlords of Liberia.  Oddly enough, I am unable to imagine a large group of people more like me than all of you, and this has been shown to be true at the Live Fight Clubs.  If I was Mormon, I probably would be planning to head to one of their colonies in Mexico, where they have experience with this sort of thing.

“This is the only time for high ideals because those ideals are all that we have. We aren't just fighting for our physical survival, but for the survival of our civilization. We don't have the luxury of old-world pillars. We don't have a common heritage, we don't have a millennia of history. All we have are the dreams and promises that bind us together. All we what we want to be.”

- Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

So where, exactly, is the Plan Zero redoubt?  It is a secret, of course.  I am not simply going to post the location here for the whole world to see.  And just like the Live Fight Clubs, we are going to require some effort and expense to help eliminate the bots, retards, and lazy, and also to provide a reward for those that are truly committed.  I will say that our initial Plan Zero rally point is a small town in the USA, more or less centrally located, far from big cities, has plenty of navigable fresh water, a tremendous amount of agriculture capacity already in place, an abundance of free-range protein, multiple energy sources, and great weather.  

In addition, we also have secondary Plan Zero rally points located in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.  

“Most people don't believe something can happen until it already has. That's not stupidity or weakness, that's just human nature.”

- Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

So, would you like to have a predetermined rally point for yourself and loved ones to bug out to, and join up with all of us, should the shit ever hit the fan?

If your answer is, "yes," then mail to Department Zero, 2402 Pease Street, Houston, Texas 77003 a self-addressed and stamped envelope and at least two (2) one-ounce-silver coins (Mexican Libertads preferred) or at least $50 cash, along with some sort of ID photo like for a passport with a head size of about 1 inch.  You will receive back, in your self-addressed stamped envelope, the following items:

  1. The current Plan Zero rally point in the USA, plus alternatives in Latin America, Europe, and Asia  
  2. A photo ID badge for entry to the current Plan Zero rally point, as it could be well defended, in the event of TEOTWAWKI 
  3. A totally badass ZH Fight Club morale patch, with Velcro backing, to wear on your bug out kit, and to warn others that you are a member of Fight Club and not to be trifled with

Additional Plan Zero IDs and patches for members of your group are half price, a one-ounce silver coin or at least $25 cash, if you send them in together with yours.   

The infrastructure of the small town is limited, so the number of Plan Zero participants is also limited to 1776, on an as received basis.  Any payments received after 1776 will be returned in your self-addressed and stamped envelope.  

We are likely to change the Rally Points and ID badges, from time to time, for security purposes, and thus you should plan for this to be a regular payment, but no more frequently than every year or two.  

We do not want to know who you are, so do not send your name or contact information, apart from the self-addressed and stamped envelope.  No records will be kept.  No warranties or guarantees are expressed or implied.  

“You can't blame anyone else, ... , no one but yourself. You have to make your own choices and live every agonizing day with the consequences of those choices.”

- Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War 

Peace, prosperity, liberty, and love,


PS:  If you have never read Stephen King's book, The Stand, start now. 


UPDATE 1/27/20 - We have received dozens of your applications and are processing them.  We should have a turnaround time of less than 30 days.  Please, do not forget to include a photo, even for additional family members.  

UPDATE 2/5/20 - We have run out of patches, but expect more any day.  Please be patient.  

UPDATE 3/3/20 - All requests to date have now been fulfilled, with last batch going out today.