Homesteading and Survivalism

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Do we prepare in vain

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 9, 2012 2 Comments

Stockpiling survival gear, stockpiling food, stockpiling ammunition,,, are we prepping for something that will never happen? Has our time been squandered? Has everything we have done, been done in vain?

I consider myself to be active in the survivalist / prepping community for close to 20 years. In the late 1980s I became aware that I needed to be able to protect my family during times of civil unrest, so I started reloading and stockpiling ammunition.

In the 1990s I started stockpiling basic food groups, forming bug out plans, and started buying more firearms.

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistFrom the early 1990s – 2012, what has happened in the world to warrant living a survivalist lifestyle? Have we had an outbreak of a new plague, we had the swine flu but it fizzled out, no nuclear war,,,. Overall, besides the twin towers being brought down, and the conflict in the middle east, the world has been a pretty peaceful place.

The first part of the 21st century has been a lot more peaceful then the first part of the 20th century.

100 years ago tensions where rising in Europe. Unknown at the time there was a World War just around the corner.




Obsessed With Survivalism

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 3, 2012 2 Comments

Have you ever met someone that is obsessed with prepping or survivalism? They keep their Get Home Bag ready to go, their Bug Out Bag is prepped and ready to go, keep a firearm in every room of the house,,, to the point where survivalism has consumed their lives. Would that be survivalism, or paranoia?

There is a fine line between a hobby and an obsession. If that is true, is there a line between a lifestyle and an obsession? What about a hobby and a lifestyle?

If we do the same thing everyday for 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years, would that be considered an obsession? If so, is work an obsession? Sometimes yea, work can be an obsession. Other times work is something we do to live.

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If someone practices survivalism for 10, 20, 30,,, years, would that be a lifestyle or an obsession?

Maybe the deciding factor is how much survivalism affects our everyday life. Are we able to have normal relationships, are we able to live our lives as normal as possible while maintaining a dedicated survivalist lifestyle?

There needs to be a balance between prepping and living life as normal as possible.




Survivalism as a Lifestyle

Posted by Kevin Felts On May 12, 2012 6 Comments

SurvivalismBeing a survivalist means that survivalism is incorporated in every facet of my life. Whether its hunting, camping, gardening, cooking,,,, I try to relate how those activities would tie in with a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI survival situation.

On the other hand, how do I know survivalism is not just some type of obsessive compulsive disorder? If you obsess over something, is it some kind of disorder or mental illness?

Are people that obsess over making money mentally ill?

Are people that obsess over their car mentally ill?

Are people that obsess over work mentally ill?

Lets take that work example and talk about it for a minute. If being obsessed with work is a sign of mental illness, then most of the U.S. population has sick mind. Well, everyone besides the welfare parasites that is.

From the time the U.S. was founded, generation after generation has worked its fingers to the bone. Workers built the rail roads, they built the cities, they built the steel mills, they built the ships, and all with a type of self gratification that they were “working” and providing for their families.

Ever hear the term “workaholic”? These are the people that would rather spend time at work then with their families, these are the people that have committed their lives to working, these are the people how have committed their lives to something besides themselves.




Doom and gloom in the survival community

Posted by Kevin Felts On November 18, 2011 0 Comments

AK-47 AR-15 Survival RiflesWhy are so many people in the survivalist community obsessed with doom and gloom?

Awhile back I posted a question to the SurvivalistBoards facebook page about the occupy wall street movement, some of the first replies were about violence.

The question was not about survivalist having to use any kind of lethal force to defend their families and homes. All that was asked was if people were ready for some kind of civil unrest. From there the topic instantly turned to violence.

I have never understood “why” a lot of people in the survivalist community dwell on lethal force and the use of violence? Maybe they think life is like an action movie, and they are missing out on their starring roll. Maybe they want to be some kind of hero?

Life during a disaster is nothing like what you see in the movies. From my experience, the good comes out in the majority of the people. There are those that will try to steal and take advantage of others, but its not like what happens in the movies.

When Hurricane Ike was passing through, I filmed footage with a couple of cameras. The footage was later combined into a video.




The Handcuffed United States of America

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 26, 2011 Comments Off

Welcome to the Handcuffed United States of America, where law enforcement is held hostage by illegal immigrants, and the US government can kill its citizens without due process. The Washington Times is reporting that a U.S. border agent has been jailed for improper arrest of a suspected drug smuggler. What the hell is wrong with  [ Read More ]




Teaching someone to fish

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 20, 2010 Comments Off

There is an old saying “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life.” I think that applies to more then just fishing. If you give someone a pay check and a grocery store, you will feed hm for a  [ Read More ]




Do you cut your own grass

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 9, 2010 Comments Off

Over the past week or so, this part of East Texas has been having almost daily thunderstorms. Well, today we did not get any showers, so my wife and I decided to cut the grass. As I was pulling out the lawnmower, thoughts went through my head about a blog post I should make. The  [ Read More ]




Being a survivalist in the 1990s

Posted by Kevin Felts On May 25, 2010 0 Comments

Survivalism, like everything else changes with time. During the Cold War – the 1950s and 1960s – people were worried about nuclear war with Russia. In the 1990s theories were a dime a dozen about how the United Nations was going to invade the USA. In the 2000s we were worried about terrorist attacks, and now in 2010 we are worried about financial collapse.

As I think about the past few decades, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s,,, to me, the 1990s was the best decade for survivalism. While Bill Clinton was president from 1993 to 2001, he probably he did more to promote survivalism / conspiracy theories then anyone else that I can think of, besides maybe Janet Reno and the Waco situation.

1991 we had the Persian Gulf conflict – Desert Shield and Desert Storm. We got to see how well the Russian made tanks held up against the M1 Abrams. We got to see the stealth fighter and bomber. The world saw that the USA can kick some butt and take names later – if there was enough left to even name.




The Survivalist Lifestyle

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 13, 2009 Comments Off

Flooding from Hurricane Ike Recently I was asked “how long I have been prepping?” That set off a whirlwind of thoughts about my life. Everything from my grandparents farm, to my dad taking my brother and I hunting, to my 1st and 2nd grade teachers going over duck and cover drills and what a nuclear explosion looked like, to watching our jobs and factories move to China, to camping next to the marsh in Bridge City, Texas, to hurricane Andrew, to watching what happened with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike,,, the list might be a mile long.