The biggest threat today – in terms of the apocalypse – is economic collapse. Banks go belly up, savings and retirement funds are wiped out, another housing bubble bursts, the grid collapses. The world comes to a grinding halt.
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, dire poverty, unemployment, and desperation reached all corners of the world. Though it was pre-internet and pre-globalization, the result was devastating. Many, to survive, resorted to private bartering.
Today, in a global arena, we’re all too susceptible to the domino effect. We tasted it in 2008 with the GFC, but in the scheme of things, it was the tip of the iceberg. If what happened in Greece happened worldwide – or even in just the United States, would we survive? Remember Argentina? Bosnia? Now, Venezuela? What if the US or EU declared bankruptcy? Many economists and leading experts predict a collapse of our capitalist structure in our lifetimes. Do you have the necessary skills to survive the worst? Are you prepared?
Below is a non-exhaustive list of commodities that can be used for bartering your way through the tough times.
Gold and Silver
It’s stating the obvious, but did you know you can get ‘breakaway’ strips of these precious metals? Breakaway gold and silver allows you to literally break by the gram so you can remain in control of your exchange. However, be warned: gold and silver will only placate the new market short term. When food becomes scarce, gold will no longer matter to those who are starving.