Survivalism is a social movement/sub-culture consisting of individuals and groups who are actively preparing for dire emergencies, including possible long-term disruptions in the social and/or political order, on a local and/or global scale. It differs from the "preparedness" movement, which advocates preparation for natural disasters and possible short-term disruptions in services or normal economic activity.
Factors involved in increasing survivalism in contemporary times
In recent years, survivalism has gained more traction due to the high amounts of sovereign debt in Western World economies and due to the current currency wars (significant printing of money by various economies) which are designed to weaken the currencies of countries in order to boost their exports.
Additionally, there is a lot of unemployment in many Western countries - particularly among the youth and those who occupy the lower economic strata of societies.
These economic problems have created a significant amount of turnover in terms of various government leadership around the world. Further intensifying the concerns/fears of survivalists is an increased number of riots/demonstrations in Europe/United States in recent years.
In addition, the global economy has become more interdependent so economic panics/problems can spread across economies to a greater degree.
By definition, followers of survivalism are independent individuals who place a high value of self-reliance. Nonetheless, they gather for "survival camps" where they exchange information and practice living under rustic circumstances for a brief time. Firms also conduct "advanced survival training courses".
- How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times by James Wesley Rawles
- The Prepper's Guide to Surviving the End of the World, as We Know It: Gear, Skills, and Related Know-How by M.D. Creekmore
Emergency resources for the United States
See: Emergency links