Survivalism is a collection of absurd delusions.

You have your own solar panels, your own water supply, and your own food growing and preserved on your own property?

Someone bigger, stronger, or better armed can steal them, enslave you, or kill you and your family.

Arm yourself? Sooner or later, your weapons break, you run out of ammo, or someone with better guns overwhelms you.

This species did not evolve in isolated families, but in clans and tribes. Practically speaking, there is no such thing as individual survival.

We survive together, or not at all.

About Julie Goldberg

Julie Goldberg has lived a life entirely too entangled with books. She is a school librarian, former English teacher, compulsive reader, occasional jazz singer and the author of Lily in the Light of Halfmoon. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter @juliegoldberg.
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5 Responses to Survivalism

  1. shoreacres says:

    And there you have it. The perfect answer to the survivalist mentality in a few coherent sentences. Thank you for this. I’m bookmarking it for an occasional re-read, and will surely pass it on to other from time to time.

  2. namaya says:

    how would Thoreau see it?

    it is more about self sufficiency, living simply, with lighter footprints on the earth.

    I am far more worried about the Vulture capitalists on Wall street, than my rural neighbors in vt.who live off the land.

    best Namaya art rat

  3. punchymango says:

    There’s a pair of stories by Ward Moore called Lot and Lot’s Daughter that pretty thoroughly deconstruct the whole “one man can survive an apocalypse with ingenuity and rugged know how.” Worth a read, imo.

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