Greece doesn’t have a large manufacturing base like other countries in Europe, such as France and Germany. They rely heavily on tourism and food exports. The rest of Europe has been supporting the little country and its western lifestyle with its free healthcare and pension systems, when in reality the country just doesn’t produce very much. It was a system that was bound to fail. And now that it has, it begs the question: How long before it fails elsewhere?
What about in the United States? In many ways, we are not unlike Greece. The U.S. has lost much of its manufacturing base in the last few decades. Companies have moved overseas and exports have dropped as a whole. But yet, our lavish American lifestyle has exploded. Spending by our government, with free services such as healthcare and social programs, has increased almost beyond measure. Our U.S. national debt is almost incalculable at this point.
A Debt That Can’t Be Paid, Won’t Be
So what has happened to Greece with their enormous debt burden will also happen here. We are already seeing signs of it coming. Actually we have been seeing the signs for years.
So What Can Be Done
The amazing thing that we noticed in the New York Times article this month was the fact that the Greek rural homesteaders were fairing far better than those in the cities. City dwellers were already starting to riot because the stores were out of food. What food does exist can’t be purchased because there is no money. The banks are closing and the ATMs are running dry. Many people outside the cities were having to spend 20 Euros just to get a taxi to take them to the bank to find they could only pull out 60 Euros from the ATM. Yet the article mentioned that some of the pensioners in the rural parts of Greece were doing fine and even giving food away to others. They had their goats, sheep, chickens, and gardens. The people in the city don’t have those luxuries and indeed in times like this, they are luxuries!
So what are the lessons learned? Most of us can see the writing on the wall for the United States and our out of control spending by the federal and state governments. How much better off will your family be if you decided now, today, to move to the country and purchase some chickens, a few livestock and build a garden? The worst feeling a parent can have is to look at their child and see them hungry and not be able to do anything about it.
Here in the Ozarks, we live around plenty of people under the official poverty line. They scrape together the money they can to get the things that they enjoy in life. But none of them are starving. They have dairy cows, meat cattle, milk and meat goats, and sheep. I think I have yet to meet a resident out in these back country roads that doesn’t have a flock of chickens or at least a small garden.
When I first moved out here, everyone told me not to grow squash. Why? Because each summer there is so much grown locally that people give it away by the bucketful and it’s true! Just last week, a lady brought to a local ministry that we visit in town two giant boxes full of cucumbers and yellow summer squash free for the taking.
Folks, I’m here to tell you right now that homesteading is the ultimate survival prep. While the rest of the world in the cities are starving and dying of disease and violence, the folks in the rural areas will have food. They may not be living like kings, but they will have food. They will have fresh milk for their children. They will have meat and eggs. They will have fresh veggies and fruit in the summer and fall. They will have potatoes and other root vegetables in the winter.
Most of you can see it coming. It’s going to be bad. Greece may just be the start of it all. A debt that can’t be paid, won’t be. The countries that have been piling up their debt and printing fiat currencies to pay for the lavish western way of living are going to fall apart. There is no way they are going to be able to save their paradigm of consumerism.
Your best bet to survive what is coming is to build yourself a homestead and begin learning the lessons lost generations ago by people who had the pioneering spirit that made America great!
That is what An American Homestead is all about!