I read an article the other day written by a prepper with a bad case of automatic loser syndrome. I personally think the guy watches too much Mad Maxx, but again that's my personal opinion. His article was written from the perspective of a rogue element. A bandit or marauder if you will. From this viewpoint he explains that the marauder has basic military training (which in all honesty doesn't amount to much) but he goes on to describe the recon techniques, the probing of a community or compound by this bandit and his 8-10 comrades and ultimately the assault on said target. Most of the behavior he describes isn't something your average criminally minded degenerate is going to be familiar with. It's always possible but unless the guy was special forces or on seal team 6 there's not much to work with there. Most people with the level of training attributed above will know better than to attack a compound or community with unknown variables with that limited of man power and resources. Really you just want to sneak in, take what you can and sneak out if possible. However it is important to keep an open mind about it. It's always safe to assume anyone you meet could have some cards up their sleeve that don't bode well for you. Now I get all the hypotheticals and what ifs that could be thrown around for weeks on end. My bottom line question is this. In the aforementioned article along with many others I've come across, why do people always seem to think they're going to be always be at the absolute mercy of these rogue elements? I see a lot of "there's no use fighting, you're definitely going to die". I can't wrap my head around a defeatist mindset. Why is it so prevalent in prepper culture? Why are these "experts" and "subject authorities" feeding it? It seems to boil down to "If I can't do it, no one else can" Is there something I'm missing? Am I hitting a disconnect somewhere? I'm just trying to gain an understanding of all of this.