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    Why Are Doomsday Preppers Hated So Much?

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    Have you noticed that it has become trendy to bash preppers? For a long time the prepper movement was ignored, but now it has become so large that it is getting very difficult for the mainstream media to pretend that it is not there. In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States alone. So now the mainstream media has decided that mocking the movement is the best strategy, and lots of “critics” and “skeptics” out there have picked up on this trend. Instead of addressing the very real issues that have caused millions of Americans to prepare for the worst, those criticizing the prepper movement attempt to put the focus on individual personalities. They try to find the strangest nutjobs they possibly can and then hold them up as “typical preppers”. The goal is to portray preppers as tinfoil hat wearing freaks that need to be locked up in the loony bin for their own personal safety and for the good of society. The criticism of preppers has really ramped up in recent months, and it will likely get even worse in 2013. The establishment does not like any movement that is outside of their control, and the prepper movement is definitely not under their control.

    Often, hit pieces on the prepper movement are disguised as articles or shows that are supposed to be “balanced” looks at the movement. This is especially true of shows such as “Doomsday Preppers“. That show is the highest rated show that the National Geographic channel has ever had, and it can be a lot of fun to watch. But if you notice carefully, they almost always try to feature people that they consider to be “freaks” or that are “on the fringe of society”. Many other “reality shows” follow the exact same recipe. The goal is to draw high ratings by running a “freak show” that people can’t help but watch.

    Even if you go on such a show and try to do your best to explain your prepping in a rational and coherent manner, they will still edit the footage so that it makes you look like a freak. It really is a no-win proposition. These shows are trying to make it clear that preppers should be mocked. The underlying implication is that these people are crazy and that what they are doing is stupid.

    And at the end of each segment, the producers of the show are careful to include reasons why the prepper that was just featured is being irrational and why the things they are preparing for are extremely unlikely to happen. Just in case you missed the message they have been trying to communicate the entire time, they come right out and tell you the conclusion that you are supposed to come to.

    But “preppers” have been labeled as “dangerous” and “crazy” and that is the way that law enforcement authorities now treat them.

    So why are preppers hated so much?

    It is because they are a direct challenge to the status quo. Just by prepping, preppers are proclaiming that they do not have faith in the system. But most people have complete and total faith in the system, and many of them do not like to have that faith questioned.

    The truth is that it isn’t the preppers that are crazy.

    Rather, it is the people that believe that everything will always be fine and that the government will always take care of them that are crazy.

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    Black Blade: Fact is Preppers/Survivalists live everywhere in all strata of society. You likely have neighbors who are "preppers" but you would never know it. They look like everyday people.
    When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America , you get a front row seat. - George Carlin


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    i don't think most people have total faith in the "system" even those on assistance --at least in this state have been cut off, had to re-apply, jump through a bunch of hoops and so on. so they know that the government is fickle about their dire straights and will only help them when it is helpful to the gov--

    i think what is really going on is those that are totally dependent on the gov really don't want to admit that it might fail.

    they know it CAN and that its failure is more likely than not.

    it is kind of like being on the 'titanic" --you hope that it really is unsinkable---though you know deep-down it can sink.

    i think it is just a form of denial---really.

    you see denial over and over through history.

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    It's simple really, takers and makers. In this case 'Haves' and 'Have-nots'.

    You prepare, they don't. They want the benefit of your preparation.
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    if your bragging about it in public........... your not really prepped for anything. your just a target.

    easiest prepper work is to find some dummy who has done all that prep and got on tv and media and bragged about it.... then go take his stuff. cause if he was dumb enough to get on tv and tell everyone about it he sure isnt prepped very well.

    the ONLY people who are actually prepped are the ones you dont know about & cant find.

    so its not a "hate on prepper" thing... its more of a ridicule & entertainment factor.
    say what you mean & mean what you say


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    Exactly!!!

    These whack jobs on the Discovery Channel are giving Prepper's a bad name.

    Last night there was this nut that was a "gun builder" going on and on about how smart he is, trying to rehearse FM 7-8 Infantry tactics with his buddies in an open field. The only thing that guy is going to do is get himself and his buddies killed.

    dutigaf is right. The people who survive are going to be the ones who lay low (and not in some death trap like a bunker in the ground) and have friends and family who are there to help them out.

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    I actually like the douche hat preppers that are obvious and openlike the clowns on Doomsday Preppers. It draw attention away from the serious preppers who remain invisible right out in the open because they keep their mouths shut and their preps private.

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    The guy from Asheville was a douchebag. Why in the world would you claim that stocking up on food NOW wasn't a big priority, but AFTER the SHTF, algae, worms, and field mice will be a main part of his and his family's diet?!?!? Really?!?!?! I don't plan on eating worms and mice until it's my absolute last resort to survive, and maybe not even then.
    Enforcement, NOT Amnesty!!!!!!

    "If they’re going to come here illegally, apply for & receive assistance through a corrupted Government agency encouraging this lawless behavior, work under the table & send billions of dollars each year back to their families in Mexico, while bleeding local economies dry, protest in our streets waving their Mexican flags DEMANDING rights, while I have to press ’1′ for English, then they need to be shipped back to where they came from!" -Chad Miller

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    "Co-workers: A convenient source of protein after the Apocalypse."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRX View Post
    "Co-workers: A convenient source of protein after the Apocalypse."

    LOL. Yeah, plenty of protien to go around.
    Enforcement, NOT Amnesty!!!!!!

    "If they’re going to come here illegally, apply for & receive assistance through a corrupted Government agency encouraging this lawless behavior, work under the table & send billions of dollars each year back to their families in Mexico, while bleeding local economies dry, protest in our streets waving their Mexican flags DEMANDING rights, while I have to press ’1′ for English, then they need to be shipped back to where they came from!" -Chad Miller

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    It never hurts to be prepared.

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