Introducing the Downside

The Downside blog is an exercise which will become at some point in the future a testament to optimism or despair. But the premise is simple. This blog is the thinking man’s guide to impending doom. It is the almanac of the economic apocalypse which may or may not include zombies – metaphorical or otherwise. One might say it is about doomsday prepping, or survival skills, but such things cannot actually be done in a blog. This place is more about wonders and signs, about making sense of things that fall apart and making the appropriate mental and spiritual adjustments that will have us clear-eyed and walking if things go from pear-shaped to rotten.

So let’s get started.


14 thoughts on “Introducing the Downside

    1. Nakajima Kikka

      If it’s a natural disaster coming your way (hurricane, forest fire, tsunami) then bug out. If it’s an economic disaster, then hunker down.

      1. subrealistro

        In a true economic disaster, do you expect that law enforcement and national guard payrolls will be met? Because if not, then there’s another alternative begging consideration/preparation.

      2. Nakajima Kikka

        What’s a true economic disaster? Like Greece and Spain, or something much bigger? Complete illiquidity?

    1. mdcbowen Post author

      Well, people without a choice will find a way. The lifestyle that seems unalterable will change. In some ways I think of it as what children do in an adult world. Children without credit do without or find other ways to get what they want.


    Is the assumption that some kind of financial-collapse will be what starts some kind of cascade? I guess I’m more of a go-with-my-gut type person. . . so far: Move out of CA, check; house with land with well, check; learn to hunt and process meat, check; adequate firearms, check. I’m thinking some MRE’s next, but it’s just more of a side-hobby to me.

    1. mdcbowen Post author

      I think that this idea is not so practical as it sounds, which is one of the things I want to explore. After all, human beings are social creatures. How do you socialize on the frontier?

      1. JBRDDS

        The reality is that I own a modern dental-practice in a beautiful small town in the northern Black Hills complete with a brewery, restaurants, and world-class mtn-biking. I was antelope hunting last weekend and spent some time in the remote-frontier and small towns. Those people are tough!

        Like you said in your latest, I’m completely on the grid (wife, kids, new used-cars, bikes, skis, debt, dogs, trampoline in the yard, wine-parties), just a closet-“lite-prepper” ready for a malfunction.

      2. A Lady

        You socialize around production markers (when crops come in, when animals are butchered, when new infrastructure is built, when a child is born, when someone dies).

      3. Nakajima Kikka

        Frontier?? The frontier has been closed since 1890. You mean “rural”, don’t you? From what I’ve seen, life in most of rural America is pretty modern. Even the Amish and Mennonite groups seem reasonably conversant in modernity. They’re just more choosy than the rest of us about which parts they bring into their lives.

  2. mdcbowen Post author

    I like that. As I and my wife do our long term plans, we are thinking very seriously about how to convert our assets into an investment in someplace like where you are. Unfortunately, she’s got an unhealthy aversion to snow. Snow doesn’t bother me at all, and I think it’s quite a useful security feature.

    My reaction to your response immediately had me thinking of someplace outside of a small town. But I do very much like the small town approach.

    Tell me about your contracts for water and power. In my speculations, I figured that small markets for water and power would be cut off first before a general grid failure. The alternative would be to locate adjacent to a strategic location. To be on the same grid section as Minot AFB for example.

    BTW, My mother lives just outside of Yankton, SD. That’s where my brother will be compounding in the future.

    1. JBRDDS

      Yeah, plenty of people don’t like the snow . . . that’s why I don’t have to deal with traffic and congestion anymore. Having grown up and moved from brotherbrown’s area, it took us 1 blizzard to get new vehicles and a couple of winters to really acclimate.

      We bought our house on 5 acres just outside of the town. I was thinking about gas/elec the other day though. We share a well with the neighbors, but it’s powered and I’d like to get a hand-pump installed soon and maybe bury a cistern up on the hill. I need to replace at least one of our gas (fake wood) stoves with the real deal. I don’t know about elec . . . maybe a backup generator at some point? It’s windy out here and that could also be an option. But both of those are pretty hefty investments.

      I can’t imagine though that the “grid” wouldn’t be completely taken over by the military and private supply-chains replaced?? Of course if we’re talking about “Revolution”-type EMP . . . then we’re screwed I guess.

      I knew your family was out east-river. FWIW, it’s COLD out on that side of the state. The snow actually melts over here!


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