As I read this article, I was not surprised to see that the changing market conditions have goosed many; what surprised me is that so many liberal minded people are now the gun-toting survivalists that were once squarely the domain of conservatives. The article documents several families who have moved to “secret” locations, growing their own food, slaughtering chickens and pigs. One has taken to reading books from her great-grandma’s generation; she’s learning how to make soap.
Their motives are solidly liberal-wacko; they believe that an oil and food crisis is looming and soon they will have to defend their stashes of food from hungry marauding gangs.
The most startling fact is that except for the God stuff, these people sound exactly like the End-Times people. There may be no threat of God dividing the world into those who have believed and not, but there is a lot of talk about the end of the world as we know it. Both Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have made the point that liberalism is a religion; Rush has gone so far as to say that Global Warming itself is a religion. When the facts are so strikingly laid bare, it’s impossible to find any sort of rational, logical, basis for either the eco-disaster-End-Timers or the God’s-Majorly-Pissed-End-Timers. The religious End-Timers have a slight advantage though; they at least have been completely consistent for two thousand years. The eco-people are now having to change their opinions on guns, violence, vegetarianism, and most importantly, reliance on government. In my opinion, if just one liberal is in his thatched hut, clutching his gun and nibbling on a celery stalk, and he knows in the bottom of his heart that if a group of hungry, armed people come to his door wanting to take that celery stalk, the problem will not be solved with diplomacy or dialogue, then perhaps all this nonsense will work out for the greater good – a concept liberals embrace.