Liberal preppers. Believe it or not, they’re out there.
Especially since the most recent presidential election, liberals have had the tables turned on them. Many of them fear Trump as much as many conservative preppers feared Hillary. This has led to a unique movement which has created some new preppers…
The question is, do you think they have the adequate skills, supplies, and attitude to survive in a SHTF environment?
My “knee-jerk” reaction speaking from my own general experiences with liberals that I have known over the years, the answer is, “not so much”.
I am not saying that there are not liberals or liberal preppers who do not or could not have adequate skills and preparedness supplies to survive.
I am saying that liberal preppers may have problems in the right attitude department when it comes to SHTF survival. More on that later…
While most people are not preppers (~ 3%?), there are certainly far fewer liberal preppers than otherwise.
Can A Liberal Be A Prepper?
Note: This is not meant to be a slam on those who may be liberal preppers. It is a legitimate question that I’m posing to the reading audience for discussion. There has been an apparent uptick in “liberals” who are prepping since the last election and a valid topic to consider. I’m sure a lively discussion will ensue.
The words “liberal prepper” implies that there is a liberal who is indeed a prepper, which then gets into one’s definition of a prepper.
If someone is a prepper, does it matter if they’re liberal or otherwise? Yes, I believe that it does, to an extent.
Painting with a very broad brush, I would say that the typical “liberal” doesn’t stand much of a chance during a long-term SHTF collapse. Remember, I said “typical” (liberal).
That said, there are LOTS of conservatives who also would not stand much of a chance because they’re not adequately prepared themselves with certain skills and supplies – although their attitude (outlook) might be better suited for SHTF than that of the liberal.
Most ‘preppers’ (I don’t like that word too much since it has been stigmatized) are generally conservative or libertarian minded people.
I do question if it is possible to be a prepper who could survive SHTF-collapse while yet being liberal. Again, a broad brush statement / question.
I can certainly understand that there are many people (if not the majority) who are actually better described as mongrels. A mixture of various ideals. I know many people who I would mostly classify as conservative or right-wing although having some liberal tendencies in one area or another. Just the way it is.
Who Are These Liberals?
Just what is a liberal anyway? I believe that the definition (or the reality) has changed over the years. The liberals of decades ago seem to be nothing like today’s liberals. JFK was a liberal, however he had qualities about him that today’s liberal would scoff at or call right-wing.
My instinctive broad definition is that liberals (these days) are closer to socialists than the liberal of yesteryear. They are generally for big government, taxation for more social handouts, and fewer individual rights and freedoms at the expense of increased regulation of business and the populace.
Merriam Webster says the liberal is “marked by generosity, and given or provided in a generous and openhanded way.”
Merriam Webster also says that the liberal is “favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism.”
They define liberalism as “a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity.” What? That doesn’t line up with most liberals I know… who are anything but Christians…
They also say liberalism is “a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard.” What?! Does that line up with what you think today’s liberal is all about? Free markets and competition? Really? What liberal politician do you know that favors less regulation or free markets?
Lastly, Merriam Webster describes liberalism as “a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically : such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (such as those involving race, gender, or class).”
This last definition is a bit closer to it. Who doesn’t believe in progress though? It also seems to me that the protection of civil liberties by today’s liberal is just for their own and not for those who they don’t necessarily agree with. Hypocritical.
I digress. However to consider the article’s question one must have a perceptive definition of what a liberal is, and therefore what is a liberal prepper?
What Is A Prepper?
A prepper is one who prepares. Prepper’s prepare for a variety of things ranging from ordinary bumps in the road to all out collapse conditions. They go about it in a multitude of different ways though many of the ways share common roads.
The prepper builds up supplies for a rainy day (or series of many days!). Think of the story about the ant and the grasshopper.
Most liberals by my own perceived definition will instinctively depend upon handouts from other “good people” or .gov if they are ever to be in a time of need.
The prepper is individualistic with a desire towards self-reliance and self-sufficiency to an extent.
This doesn’t match up with seemingly most liberal’s today, many of whom are more aligned with socialsim rather than individualism.
There are characteristics though which may be shared and are not hinged to their political ideals. Things like adaptability, intuition, resolve, the will to survive, and the basic or advanced skills to be a survivalist or prepper.
So, Can Liberal Preppers Survive SHTF?
That said, Do Liberal Preppers Have Skills, Supplies, Attitude To Survive SHTF?
Assuming that they are preppers,
Skills: Yes it is possible.
Supplies: Yes it is possible.
Attitude to survive: Yes and No, with caveats…
Skills and Supplies are independent of political or core beliefs.
Attitude can get into one’s core values, beliefs, and ideals. This is where the liberal will have difficulty in my opinion. To survive true SHTF, the liberal mindset is not going to cut it when the going gets tough.
Very tough decisions will have to be made during SHTF. Many difficult actions will be required to protect one’s-self, family, or group. Not sure if the liberal can stomach that. Too many will have the attitude that somehow, some way, someone else will be kind enough to help them or give them what they need. During SHTF, this may be unlikely.
It will require an attidude that is more aligned with the rugged individual. And most rugged individuals are not liberals.
What do you think?