"The duration of travel restriction relates to the nature of the crisis. Also, one must take into account the economic hardship it poses for the people being restricted. When the bank gets robbed, the sheriff closes all roads out of Dodge in order to catch the robber. How long can he justify keeping the road closed? If nobody can get in or out, that means they can’t go to work, go shopping, pick up the kids, visit friends, etc. People will lose money and their routines will be screwed up. They can accept the inconvenience, probably for a day, if they know a robber is on the loose and the cops are trying to catch him. But, even in a society obsessed with the concept of justice, most people will lose patience when their bank balance suffers. The greater the perceived crisis, the more people seem willing to put up with the inconveniences and duration of travel restrictions. After all, if it’s for the good of society, who can argue with that?
But why in the name of Beelzebub would anyone want to shut down travel? Wouldn’t that be bad for business? So many businesses would lose money and go bankrupt. Manufacturers, mechanics, part suppliers, delivery services, and many others who rely on cars, trucks, trains, airplanes for their living would suffer. In a nutshell, travel restrictions might just finish off the already failing auto and airline industries. The passenger train service, Amtrak, can’t fail. It already did years ago. It was a private company “rescued” by the government. It now operates at a loss, supported by infusions of money from Washington. The greatest possible reason for travel restrictions seems to be a global epidemic of disease."
I wrote The Preparedness Primer in 2006 as a personal guide for understanding how systems operate and how they fail. It has served me and my family during our years living on a homestead in rural southern Oregon.
It has allowed us to thrive with a positive mindset on a very low income, sometimes less than $30K in a year.
Understanding what systems we rely on, what their pitfalls are, and how we can avoid them, has allowed us to live a good life for over 23 years.
I know it's not a life most people currently have chosen. But we've got experience in living close to the bone, and we want to help with what we've learned over these 23 years.
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