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Why Has Prepping Become So Popular With the Left?

Article by Michael Snyder at End of the American Dream cross-posted with permission. Video excerpt from The JD Rucker Show.
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(End of the American Dream)—Something really weird is going on.  Traditionally, prepping has been associated with those on the right of the political spectrum.

But now we are witnessing a dramatic shift.  These days, many of the most hardcore preppers are actually on the left.  These leftist preppers have become entirely convinced that we are headed for a catastrophic societal meltdown and they are determined to try to survive whatever happens.  And we are starting to see leftist fears about the future being reflected in movies and television shows.

For example, a new apocalyptic disaster movie entitled “Leave The World Behind” is getting millions upon millions of views on Netflix

If society actually did begin to completely break down, you probably would never know exactly how or why. You’d be aware that something was wrong, but the specifics would get cloudy once phones stopped working, the internet was severed, and media networks turned to dead air. Ominous late-night electronic shrieks from the sky; explosions in the distance; planes and boats plowing into the ground, and animals flocking in eerie patterns would only hint at the chaos. A whisper network of survivors might convey contradictory rumors, but how would you know if any of it was true? That’s the unsettling premise of Leave the World Behind, the new Netflix thriller that compounds its terror through uncertainty.

This is definitely a movie for preppers, and the trailer for the film is quite startling

As you can see, this movie explores a number of topics that preppers have been concerned about for a long time.

But there is nothing “conservative” about this film at all.

It was made by leftists and it is meant to be watched by leftists.  In fact, it is the very first movie from the production company that the Obamas have established…

In the movie, the characters have various theories for what’s causing these unsettling events: that it’s the work of hackers; that it’s a government conspiracy; that the US is at war with rogue forces using radiological weapons to make people turn against each other.

It’s based on a 2020 novel by Rumaan Alam, and directed, written and produced by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail. It’s also the first feature film from High Ground, the production company founded by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in 2018.

So why in the world would the Obamas want to make something like this?

That is a good question.

Hopefully somebody will ask them.

Once upon a time, leftists tended to mock preppers, but now anxiety about the 2024 election is motivating many leftists to become preppers themselves

Doomsday “prepping” is seeping into the mainstream as Americans of all ages and political persuasions are becoming increasingly worried ahead of the 2024 presidential election about the prospect of a civil war.

Hoarding food, water and weapons was once associated with libertarian extremists, but as a rematch between President Biden and his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, seems all but inevitable in 2024, prepping has become a bipartisan activity, according to a Monday USA Today report.

“On the left, you have people afraid (Trump’s) going to declare himself dictator of the United States and people on the left are going to end up as targets in some sort of authoritarian system,” author Brad Garrett told the paper.

There really are lots of people out there that have convinced themselves that if Donald Trump wins the election he will make himself a dictator and establish a “fascist regime” in the United States.

Seriously, this is what they actually believe. And the fact that Joe Biden’s approval ratings keep getting lower only adds to their anxiety…

Only one-third of Americans gave President Biden a thumbs up on the job he is doing in the White House, according to a new national public opinion survey.

The president stands at 34% approval in a Monmouth University poll released on Monday, with 61% giving Biden a thumbs down on his job performance.

The president’s approval is at an all-time low in Monmouth polling since Biden took over the White House nearly three years ago.

Many liberals are anticipating that a “worst case scenario” is literally going to play out right in front of their eyes.

And Mark Zuckerberg appears to be one of them.

In 2020, his money played a major role in what we witnessed in the swing states, but this time around Mark Zuckerberg appears to be preparing for doomsday

On a remote part of Kauai, the fourth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, someone with a lot of money is bankrolling an extensive construction project.

It’s all very hush-hush. Security guards and cameras watch the perimeter of the 1,400-acre site, a six-foot wall blocks locals from peeking, and vetted workers are subject to strict NDAs preventing discussion of the work.

However, those NDAs don’t appear to have functioned as intended because a report in Wired claims the project’s patron is none other than Meta big cheese Mark Zuckerberg.

It is being reported that Zuckerberg’s survivalist compound has a 5,000 square foot underground bunker and will be “completely self-sufficient”…

The ranch will have at least 30 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms and a network of tree houses that connect some of the rooms, according to Wired.

Wired reports that the main residences will be joined by a 5,000-square-foot underground shelter that includes living spaces and an escape hatch. Sources told Wired the compound will be completely self-sufficient, with an 18-foot tall water tank and pump system and food production systems.

Even a radical leftist like Mark Zuckerberg can sense that really bad stuff is on the horizon.

And so he is taking action.

Meanwhile, ordinary Americans are buying gold from Costco at a staggering rate

Wholesale retailer Costco sold more than $100 million worth of gold in the most recent quarter, with gold bars seeing high demand from customers.

“You’ve probably read about the fact that we’re selling one-ounce gold bars. We sold over $100 million of gold during the quarter” ended Sept. 30, Richard Galanti, the chief financial officer of Costco, said during an earnings call on Dec. 14. This was the first quarter of fiscal 2024 at Costco. The wholesale retailer started selling gold online beginning September. In an earnings call late that month, Mr. Galanti had alluded to massive demand for the product.

“When we load them [gold bars] on the site, they’re typically gone within a few hours.”

So why are so many people hoarding gold right now?

The answer is obvious.

Inflation is completely out of control and we really are on the verge of a full-blown economic meltdown. Of course our economic problems are only a small part of a much larger picture.

“perfect storm” is now upon us, and it is going to get a lot more intense during the months ahead.

Before I end this article, there is one more thing that I wanted to mention, and it is a sure sign that we really do live in apocalyptic times

Pope Francis has formally permitted priests to perform blessings for same-sex couples, a move that stops short of sanctioning same-sex marriages, but is still being heralded by some LGBTQ+ advocates as historic.

The document from the Vatican’s doctrine office released Monday reaffirmed its previous statements saying marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman. But the document says requests for blessings from same-sex couples should not be denied, so long as the blessing is not conferred at the same time as a civil union, using set rituals or with the clothing and gestures that are part of a wedding.

Did you ever think that you would live to see that?

But this is just the beginning. Things are going to get a whole lot weirder.

Millions upon millions of Americans can sense that we are heading into extremely chaotic times, and so they are feverishly getting prepared. Hopefully you are getting prepared too, because the clock is ticking…

Michael’s new book entitled “Chaos” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com, and you can check out his new Substack newsletter right here.

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