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M4S043: Absolute Anarchy with Johnny Jacks Pt 1

In this episode on Absolute Anarchy with Johnny Jacks:

  1. Assumptions
  2. Two Die-Offs
  3. Maximizing Your Chances of Survival

The chances of our society melting down into absolute anarchy are slim to none.

However, a little over fifty years ago, many would say landing on the moon is impossible. In reality, given time and effort, many things thought to be impossible no longer are. The same goes for the chance of a cataclysmic event destroying our society. We all have to admit that we're on a rock, hurtling through space, just hoping we don't collide with another rock speeding through space. Eventually, a significant event will impact our society and the world.


Should society come to a grinding halt, there are a few assumptions that may prove to be accurate. Those assumptions are:

  • No Government
  • No Military
  • No Law Enforcement
  • No Energy

It's safe to assume that many people critical to the reestablishment of society will be gone, perished, dead, and pushing up daisies. An example of the types of people we'll need to rebuild the world are engineers and technicians.  Engineers and technicians,  who operate and maintain power plants and oil refineries ma die within a couple of months of societies collapse. Therefore, there will be no electricity or fuel and no potential for them to return to production for years to come, if ever.

Two Die-Offs

The predictions of mass suffering, death, and destruction that may happen as a result of a fall into absolute anarchy are staggering and tragic. For example, the US government anticipates deaths in the 100's of millions. Those deaths are likely to happen in two stages:

  • Initial Die-off: Those who are not prepared will begin to die-off within about a month.
  • Second Die-off: Preppers who are not adequately prepared will continue to die-off over time

In total, there is a potential die-off of approximately 90% of the population. In the United States, that totals about 300 million people.

Maximizing Your Chances of Survival

Your goal as a prepper is not to assure your survival under a state of anarchy; that’s impossible. You can, however, maximize your chances of survival.

When you leave home to buy groceries or go on a long road trip, you can’t guarantee with full certainty that you won’t be killed in an automobile accident. So, you drive defensively to maximize your chances to return home intact.

Similarly, as a prepper, it’s not possible to guarantee your security with absolute certainty. Through logical analysis, however, you can determine ways to maximize your chances of survival.

Two Principal Prepping Considerations During Absolute Anarchy

There are two principal considerations when it comes to surviving a state of absolute anarchy. The first consideration is to survive the die-off. The second consideration is to produce long-term food supplies.

A mistake many preppers make is focusing on surviving the die-off. People who make this mistake tend to focus on the first three to six months of a society upending event. Because of this they store months as opposed to years worth of food and focus on other near-term plans, as opposed to long-term plans.

So, when planning for a significant society altering event, remember to include preparations for long-term problems and needs. If a significant event happens, you'll be happy you did.


Necessities for Survival

The requisites for survival are well known to everyone. However, just to make sure you have them covered, your plan should consider the following for it's foundation:

  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Security


Plentiful Resources and Scarce Resources

If planned for properly, water and shelter should be plentiful. After all, every good prepper should always have water and shelter plans ready to go. As you create your plans, make sure to consider the environment, locations, etc.

When it comes to preparedness, anything other than what you provide for yourself will be non-existent. Let's take food and security for example. If you or someone in your trusted circle doesn't provide you with food and security, who will?

Ultimately, food is the primary factor in security. After all, people who go hungry during a state of absolute anarchy may only be one candy bar, a bag of chips, or a cup of rice away from becoming a bad guy.


After the die-offs, it is safe to assume (according to government predictions) that 90% of the population will perish. That means, of the 330 million people in the United States, only 30 million will remain.


Survivor Considerations

To survive in a state of absolute anarchy, survivors will need to be successful in many areas of preparedness and survival. Four of the main areas that people will need to master to have a chance of survival are:

  • Food: The means to produce and preserve food long-term.
  • High Moral Standards: Have a set of high ethical and moral standards.
  • Cooperative Attitude: Work in cooperation with one another, as the first pioneers.
  • Few Security Issues: Require lower security measures. After a significant reduction in population, there may be smaller chances of negative encounters with others.


Initial Food Supply

It is wise to prepare for two years (more is better) of long-term storage food. Additional long-term storage food allows you not to have to farm and find food. By not having to focus on food production during the die-off, more focus can be placed on security and avoid conflict.  Unfortunately, long-term storage food will run out. Therefore, preppers must have enough open-pollinated seeds for two plantings. After all, once your food runs out, you have two choices. Get more, or starve.


Long-term Food Production Considerations

Long-term food production has some considerations that need to be taken into account.

  1. What will you eat when growing food? If you don't have food stored away, you may have a rough time making not starving.
  2. The fall and winter may be long times with little to no food production going on. Because of this, you will need to plan for what to eat during this lean time.
  3. Also, don't forget, if you eat everything you grow and don't harvest seeds, you'll be starving in the next year.

Seeds: Obtain a wide variety of open-pollinated seeds, enough for two plantings to feed the entire community. (Family, Friends, Neighbors)

Gardening Hand Tools: Hopefully you'll have other options, but as a last resort, make sure you have plenty of hand tools such as hoes, rakes, shovels, spades, etc., ready.

Tractor: Planning for the worst case scenario is almost always the best option. Therefore, you will do well to plan that there will be no fuel coming anytime soon. Because of that, your ability to drive, work a tractor, etc. may cease to exist. Remember we mentioned those hand tools a few sentences ago? Well, if you didn't before, you now know why.

Some preparedness minded people have minimized the impact of a catastrophe on fuel by turning to gasifiers or wood gas generators.

Preserving Food

Once you plant, tend to, and harvest your food, you will most likely want to preserve a reasonable amount for winter. One way to do this is through canning. Unfortunately, canning supplies, especially ings will be used quickly. So, you will need to pre-plan to have plenty on hand to last you for several years or more depending on the calamity.

Smokehouse: Smoking is another method of preserving food. However, like canning, it requires thought and planning to be ready for a long-term absolute anarchy event. If you go the smoking route, you'll need a lot of salt and sugar, or ability to acquire both.


It is imperative that you have the experience to do things that mean the difference between life and death. Odds are, many of us have never planted a seed before. Much less successfully tended to it until it grew into something that is edible. So, start learning and practicing now. Also, gathering a resource library of information on how to do things the way our great grandparents did is also essential. You never know when you'll need to know additional information about something that could be the difference between going hungry, or not. Some of the essential food-related topics that you'll want to know about are:

  • Preparing Soil
  • Planting
  • Harvesting
  • Extracting Seeds

Garden Size Considerations

When it comes to food production, size and the number of people you have to feed are two of your most significant factors. The math is simple. The more people that you need to feed equates to the more land you need to grow crops. So, start off by counting heads to determine your total food production requirements. Once you have a baseline set, then add 25% to it for a buffer to share, in case of late spring planting, or other unforeseen issues.

Geographical considerations

Geographical considerations are another consideration and should be taken into account when making your preparedness plans. For example, growing food varies drastically between the South West, the South East, and the North. Crops can be grown year round in Florida. However, the summer and winter can be problems for those who live in climates that are harsher.

Geographical considerations

Crop failure is another consideration that you must plan for. If you don't prepare and put away food, you may find yourself in a difficult situation if your crops fail. When creating your prepping plan, it is a good idea to anticipate crop failure every season. If you do, then you should be prepared if it happens.


We all need protein to grow and survive. Unfortunately, gardens produce primarily carbohydrates. Therefore, if you don't have a reliable plan for consistent protein, you may end up undernourished. Avoid this by planning ahead of time to raise domestic animals and breeding stock. Some of the animals that you may want to consider raising depending upon your circumstances are:

  • Small Animals: Rabbits and fowl are relatively easy to grow. They don't take up much space, nor do they require a ton of food.
  • Medium Animals: Sheep, goats, alpacas
  • Large Animals: Cows, horses, donkeys, etc.



During absolute anarchy, there will be two types of security available. They are individual and group security.

Individual security is the security that one person attempts to provide himself or herself. The problem with this is, who is providing the individual with security when they're busy or focused elsewhere. We all have to sleep and eat. All of us need to do things in our daily lives that will keep us from paying attention to what is happening around us. Those are precisely the times when bad people plan on doing bad things. In other words, if you decide to go it alone during a time of absolute anarchy, do it knowing that you're hurting your chances of survival.

The other type of security is group security. Group security happens when two or more people agree to provide mutual assistance to one another. Group security offers everyone in the group with the opportunity to focus on non-security related tasks with much less worry. This helps people enjoy a less stressful, more enjoyable and secure life. As a result of group security, the people involved will experience better lives with improved chances of survival.

Bugging in & Bugging Out

What is Bugging Out?

Bugging out is, when a situation becomes too dangerous or difficult for a person(s) to remain in their current position, so the person(s) travel by whatever means are available to a location that is perceived to be more safe and secure. Often the area that is recognized to be more safe and secure. The location may be predesignated and known as a Bug Out Location (BOL). A BOL is a preestablished area or living accommodations designed to provide a person or persons with a secondary living environment to maximize chances of survival.


How Do You Select a Bug Out Plan That Works?

The best plan for a bug out location is to live at your BOL. As you establish you BOL, you should also work to develop a preparedness group to provide one another support for weathering difficult times. Have a prepper group with stored food, seeds, breeding stock, and tools to survive the die-off and produce food long-term.


Die-Off Theory

The die-off theory is the belief that if a major society altering disaster happens, a significant portion of society will perish due to starvation, disease, and violence. About the die-off, James Woolsey (CIA director under President George W. Bush) estimates that 90% of the population will perish during the first three months following a successful EMP attack. In the case of the United States, a 90% death rate equates to approximately 300 million deaths.

Bad Guys

Non-preppers who survive the initial die-off will most likely do so by not so subtle means. These will be the bad guys. Many of them may start as good guys, but change to bad guys to feed themselves and their starving families.

Group Security

To attempt to survive alone, without a group for security, minimizes a person's chances of survival. Some believe that remoteness will provide life-sustaining security. However, remoteness will not cover the lone individual when sleep, eating, and other necessities must occur. Avoiding confrontation with bad guys by hiding is not a foolproof course of action. Regardless of however remote a prepper’s BOL or local community, the bad guys will eventually wander into your area.

Two-year Food Supply

It is essential that people have a significant supply of stored food. Because it will take considerable time to grow and raise food, people will need to be prepared to live off their supplies. Therefore, every prepper should have at least a two-year's of long-term storage food on hand. Two-years should provide enough food to get through the die-off and first two plantings.

Manual Food Production

In an absolute anarchy disaster, the power grid may be down. If so, the majority of work may turn into manual labor. In other words, all dirt turned, seeds planted, and produce collected and preserved will be by manual labor. Thinking long term, that will require a lot of gardening tools, such as hoes, rakes, shovels, scythes, etc. In addition to growing food, meat production may be slow to return to normal because a large number of breeding animals may be slaughtered during the die-off.


Many people believe they will go to the woods and live off the land, eating wildlife, etc. Unfortunately, for every person who plans on going to the woods, there are probably 1000 more with the same idea. The unfortunate reality is that such that much of the wildlife may be decimated early on during the die-off. If that happens, the wildlife may not return in significant enough numbers to be a reliable source of food for many years.


Life in absolute anarchy will be complicated and unsafe at best. People who have not adequately prepared well in advance of the situation will most likely become victims and the disaster. Even those who have planned will experience difficulties they never imagine. Therefore, it's important for everyone to take their preparedness seriously and prepare to overcome any adversity they encounter. It's either that or take the blue pill and live blissfully in The Matrix.




Never forget, you’re just one prep away.

If you have any other thoughts or questions about absolute anarchy, please leave a comment below.

Stay safe, secure, and prepared!


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