America's midlife crisis: lessons from a survivalist summit

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Motomom34, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    This is a really long article but an interesting read. A reporter from the Guardian attended a Survivalist Summit and gave his thoughts. At the beginning of the article he starts out dressing for the part to attend this event. I have been to Expo's and gun shows and know that there is not a dress code so him putting together what he thought was what a survivalist looked like made me suspicious of what I would read.

    I would say that the article gave me somethings to think on. I will admit the beginning of the article is obnoxious in my opinion but keep reading.....

    America's midlife crisis: lessons from a survivalist summit
    America's midlife crisis: lessons from a survivalist summit
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  2. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    Sheesh! Worried about what they're going to wear to a survivalist summit just goes to show that they have no clue to begin with...
    And THAT is the real problem.
  3. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    LOL,, Gee, what to wear to my first ever survival summit?!?!?! Decisions, decisions! Should I go ultra chick urban sniper? or should I go all tacticool 511 to the 9s? of should I wear my ninja suit complete with "Operator Pads" all over, or just show up in a ghilli suit?!?!?!? SO many choices, but which one? Gotta go out shoipping for just the "right Look" so every one will think i'm all hard core!!!!! ROTFLMAO
  4. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    Costume is the smallest part of that essay. This belongs in the book discussion forum.
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  5. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Does this ghillie suit make my butt look too big? Does Cerakote Burnt Bronze clash with MagPul FDE? I gotta redo everything!
  6. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I agree with you Motomom, At first I thought he was just a pretentious 'penny a word pulp fiction writer' with a penchant for word spaghetti...


    emphasis mine.

    Marche writes from an outsider's viewpoint, which is understandable, being a Canadian.

    America has lost a lot of the vitality that it once had, and has become consumed by the kind of internal war of cultural supremacy...that external competitors until now, could only dream of exploiting. It looks like Herr TRump is helping those dreams come true in the quest of his fantasy of MAGA.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2017
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  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus's tempting to be drawn to replying to the peripheral fripperies of the opinion piece....the meat of the essay is, however, worth chewing over and digesting.
  8. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Don't say this often, but good find Moto. I think we can very much agree on this.
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  9. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    So, a vitriol filled diatribe from a rabid liberal Canadian, who obviously misses the point by a mile. Okay. Ten minutes stolen from my life reading that tripe.
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  10. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    How long are folks supposed to live?
    Mid Life for a septuagenarian means that 140 is commonplace.
    Otherwise, these are just childish thoughts.
  11. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    I thought it would be the usual commie-tard set of lies that we all read in the lame stream press, but he veers, quite by accident, into useful territory. Some of it WAS the usual commie-tard set of lies that we all read in the lame stream press, but some was quite insightful, as I said, quite by accident. But like Chelloveck said, he does seem like some penny-a-word-pulp-hack-writer.

    America is no longer the world's po-lice man? Well THANK GOD FOR THAT! Let the banksters and poli-ticks find some other poor saps to do their dirty work, and die so the scum can get their hands on the almighty dollar! Think I made that up? Go see who funded BOTH SIDES of WWI, WWII, and every other war since, or ever, for that matter. AND were PAID by BOTH sides when it was all over! I stupidly got shot during the Gulf War, for what?! To make the world safe for banksters?! Remember WWII was fought to make the world safe for communism, and you can see the result at any college or university in the USSA.

    So is the USSA doomed? Sure it is. Where is Rome, Sparta, Egypt, or even the freedom that once made America great? Gone, just like our youth and dreams.
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  12. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    Last I spoke with my WWII Uncles, it wasn't until the Gulf War that America had another Winner.
    How many folks spat on you at the airport when you returned from the Gulf War.
    I'll say no more.
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  13. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    Well, no, no one spit on me at the airport. When the first one that looked like they might was punched out, the rest suddenly felt the need to leave or keep their comments to themselves. You need to hang out in airports more if you think they won't or don't any more.
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  14. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    First part of the article he does worry about what to wear. Sounds like he usually dresses like a 40 year old Canadian hipster.
    Next claims the United States is too big to fail. Because the economy appears to be doing well at the moment and we have a big military, seems to be bitching about the size of the US military as if it's caused him a lot of anxiety and cost him a lot of therapy.
    After that blames the decline of society on conservative prepper types, because everything was perfect under the baby boomers. Defends lame stream media with sycophant lock step precision.
    Then goes on to talk down about anti government types with strong hint of disgust and self elitism.
    That's only about 1/4 of the article. It's a crock of shit and can't force my self to read any more.

    Don't waste your time.
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  15. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    I don't expect to return from any other foreign campaigns in my limited lifetime. But if my neighbor decided that he needed to spit on me while I was defending our property, I might just decide to let him defend his property alone. I don't know what I'd get for a neighbor, but I knew what I had...............................
  16. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Glad I didn't bother reading the article, Nothing good has ever came out of Canada as far as I can tell?
    No Justin Bieber fans allowed!
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  17. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    I'm not sure even Canadians are "Beliebers"... ED Smith preserves alone make Canada worthwhile. That Garand thing was pretty nifty, too. Also, seems the further North you go the better the pork gets, not sure if it's the cold but the best bacon and ham I've had comes from there as well.

    I thought there were some pretty good points in the article, nothing really new, but quite a few things I didn't quite get the first few years.
  18. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Admittedly, I like Garands, You may pass.
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  19. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. What does it mean to be free in midlife? What does it mean to be brave? What does it mean to be free when you have a five-year old daughter, like I have?

    Is freedom just what you could have been, rather than what you turned out to be? Is freedom just a word for youth that has passed?

    I have been thinking on what do I want as freedom. The author of the article said In America, the answer is violence. I have to disagree because Europeans have rioting down to a science. Look at all the other countries that the citizens are terrified of their governments. Americans are some of the most charitable but the violence seems to be what is spotlighted. You would think the world wars were fought here.
  20. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I am open enough to enjoy the article. To see an expo through someones eyes who hold a dislike towards the country, towards survivalists is an interesting thing. He even admitted that he found the oath keeper like other Americans to be likable. I thought that was interesting. He was treated kindly yet he ridiculed.
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