Whose Business Is It If People Are Preparing for Survival?

hypocrisy poisoning preparing for survival

I have a question for my fellow preppers. Whose business is it if we are preparing for survival?

Are you sick of the media bashing the prepper community? 

Well, I am! It was only last year that the media called preppers who had hand sanitizer, alcohol, and a couple of boxes of N95 masks “hoarders.” 

Now, when it doesn’t involve preppers and applies to businesses, the media switches up hoarding with stockpiling.

I feel that no one should give two flips if someone else prepares for future uncertainties. Buying possibly life-saving items off Amazon in advance of a potential disaster is smart.

Preppers, by and large, try to help and not hurt people. Preppers prepare to be one less burden on the system when times get tough, or disaster strikes. Often, our fellow preppers prepare to help others in their time of need.

Don’t Be Hypocrites to Those Who Prepare for Survival

In the end, many agree that it’s hypocritical for people to cry for others to get vaccines and wear masks while simultaneously bashing those who are typically the most prepared. 

Does our preparing for the risks we consider most valid cause any problems? So what if we want to wait for a situation to develop before making a final decision on how to do it? So what if we act as if the information we’re receiving from the powers that be may be incorrect, not yet proven, or possibly misleading? 

Should We Always Trust Out of Hand?People supporting each other

The Tuskegee Experiment

After all, it’s not like our government conducted syphilis experiments on people. Oh wait, they did.

Let’s look at the Tuskegee Experiment. Yes, the US government intentionally let 600 black men with syphilis go untreated. The government started the unethical treatment of its citizens with syphilis in the 1930s, and the Josef Mengele-esque experiments continued into the early 1970s. It can’t go without saying that there was no cure when the experiment started, and without a cure, syphilis is deadly. 

Let’s be clear; people died as a result of the government’s experiments. Even worse, in some cases, the men (who had no idea they were infected) passed the disease on to others. Is that abhorrent past practice worth considering when debating what we’re being fed concerning a potentially lethal disease?

Perhaps the Tuskegee Experiment was a one-time thing. After all, everyone screws up once in a while and experiments on those who it’s supposed to protect, right? 

Mk-Ultra Mind Control Experiments

Heck, of course, government scientists and medical professionals said “NO!” to experimenting with mind-control in the 1950s, right? I mean, they wouldn’t conduct dangerous experiments on fellow citizens, right?

Unfortunately, according to the History Channel, the U.S. governments, 

“MK-Ultra “mind control” experiments generally centered around behavior modification via electro-shock therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs, toxins, and chemicals. These experiments relied on a range of test subjects: some who freely volunteered, some who volunteered under coercion, and some who had absolutely no idea they were involved in a sweeping defense research program.”

These experiments on its own citizens are perhaps best captured in a quote from the notorious mob boss, Whitey Bulger. Whitey, who was an Mk-Ultra test subject said, he experienced,

“Total loss of appetite. Hallucinating. The room would change shape. Hours of paranoia and feeling violent. We experienced horrible periods of living nightmares and even blood coming out of the walls. Guys turning to skeletons in front of me. I saw a camera change into the head of a dog. I felt like I was going insane.”

Mind-control and mob bosses, there’s a feather in the cap of U.S. success stories. 

And now, we should trust everything that comes our way from the medical establishment? After all, it’s not like any funny business has happened surrounding the origins of COVID.

Dr. Fauci

Speaking of the origins of COVID, another example of our supposedly trustworthy medical establishment not acting so trustworthy is Dr. Anthony Fauci. Dr. Fauci admittedly lied to the world about masks. He lied at the worst possible time and turned a legitimate health topic into a political firestorm that is still raging today. 

Of Course, Fauci Lied About Masks

I knew Fauci lied because I know a bit about masks. I know about masks because I spent years as a paramedic. As a paramedic who was around a long time before COVID was cool, I know masks protect EMS providers from tuberculosis, SARS, and various other communicable illnesses. 

I know masks protected me because I’ve never caught airborne crud off a lunger when masked up. And yes, as a paramedic, I know how to fit and properly wear a mask too. 

Oh, and no, I don’t go hypoxic when wearing a mask either. Notice, I didn’t say bandannas. I said masks, N95, and better masks.

Preppers Ask What-If?

Is any aspect of the Tuskegee Experiment or Mk-Ultra supposed to establish faith and trust in our nation’s medical efforts? Does it mean I don’t have trust in my government? 

No, it means while I have a level of trust in my government, I question where our national influencers place themselves in relation to the common citizen. To not question the motivations of others removes a key component of any risk needs assessment.

Perhaps that’s why we preppers often find the establishment acting disparaging towards our community of stockpilers and post-apocalyptic armchair quarterbacks. After all, we, I believe logically, include the possibility that our nation’s influencers may place their needs and wants ahead of our nation and fellow citizens. 

As such, preppers ask the “What if” question. What if they’re wrong? What if the information is less than accurate? How does that change the risk to my family and me? People with a high degree of goal-oriented motivation don’t like what-if’ers. 

What if you’re wrong, is often heard as, “Hey buddy, you’re never going to achieve your goal, because you might be wrong!” 

After all, most people don’t like to consider that they’re wrong. From the start of the terrible twos, we gradually learn to accept being wrong. Unfortunately, some never learn. 

Preparing for Survival is What Preppers Do

And that’s what we, as preppers do. We, as preppers, represent a group of people who are willing to question narratives openly. We especially question narratives from people who have a proven track record of setting aside acceptable values to do some pretty evil things.

The Truths

Before going on, it’s important that we first go over the truths I presented here:

  1. It’s hypocritical to support preparing only to bash those who do. 
  2. Government medical professionals have a track record of not acting in the best interest of individual citizens. 
  3. People who are preparing for survival and hard times ask, “What if?”

Now, here’s the question again, “Whose business is it if people want to prepare?”

I feel we can all agree that so long as our preparedness choices do not interfere with anyone else’s freedoms, it’s no one else’s business how we prepare. 

Tied into that is the truth that people who preach preparedness are hypocrites when they bash people who chose to prepare in the way that makes them feel most prepared. 

With that understanding, I find it repeatedly hypocritical when preppers, people within the preparedness community, believe it’s okay to ridicule others who choose to wear masks. 

Notice, I am saying when people choose to wear masks and am not saying when people are forced to wear masks like what is currently happening in L.A. County

Is the ridicule coming because government honesty is so overflowing that preppers now have faith in what comes out of the government and medical-industrial complex?

wearing mask in car

The Bottom Line on People Preparing for Survival

The prepping community has plenty of people attacking it from the outside. Do we really need to feed on one another over the fact that people are preparing based upon their beliefs and needs? 

The answer to all of that is no. The answer to all of that is that preppers who ridicule people for preparing are perhaps the biggest hypocrites of all. Preppers who ridicule the preparedness-minded when they’re preparing for survival are missing some of the greatest preps of all.

Preppers who ridicule other preppers are missing the prep of humility. They’re missing the prep of being able to ask, “What if?”

Don’t be a hypocrite!

Has Your Preparing for Survival Ever Come Under Fire?

Surviving minds want to know if your preparing to survive has ever come under fire. If so, what was their problem with your prepping? Was there any truth to the issues they raised? How did you handle the situation? Was the person(s) giving you grief a fellow preparedness-minded person?

Let’s discuss it in the comments. Your stories will help show others that they are not alone in their prepping challenges. Thanks in advance for sharing!


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Brian's preparedness career began at sixteen and included professional roles as a lifeguard, firefighter, paramedic, Special Operations team leader with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, Diplomatic Protection Specialist, and international security director. He's managed medical clinics in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, provided high-threat diplomatic protection in Iraq and Pakistan, advised a rebel army in Africa, oversaw U.S. embassy security in Baghdad, and directed a premiere tactical medicine training facility. Brian is an expert in Security, Crisis Management, and Preparedness Mindset and hosts the Mind4Survival podcast. He holds a bachelor's degree in Security Management and an MBA in Information Technology Management.

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  1. Krista on July 25, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Great article!! I have grown tired of being ridiculed by other “preppers” because I didn’t see things the same way they did. So instead of being able to have a conversation with differing viewpoints, I have learned to remain silent about some things. Huh, isn’t that what we accuse “cancel culture” of doing to us?

    • Brian Duff on July 25, 2021 at 5:29 am

      Thanks, Krista! I believe things will be better when we learn to find common ground rather than searching for differences. Stay safe! ~Brian

  2. Cia Parker on July 25, 2021 at 7:08 am

    The government did not infect black men with syphilis in the Tuskegee study. It asked black men to participate. Periodically they would come to town, be driven to a restaurant for dinner, be examined by a doctor, and blood samples be given. They were not given treatment. In the thirties and early forties the gold standard treatment was mercury-based. In many it eventually caused general paresis of the insane. These black men who did not getbb NN it fared better. By the mid-forties the standard of care changed to penicillin, which COULD treat syphilis.most of the men had figured out over many years that they had syphilis and sought standard treatment for it from other doctors.while it was callous of the doctors not to treat it, it spared these men the ravages of mercury poisoning.

    • bushwacker on July 25, 2021 at 10:01 am

      Just like the army volunteered to be radiation Guinee pigs to see the effects of a nuke ?
      And how about the smallpox on free blankets given by the gov. to the native Americans, killed thousands they volunteered too?
      Your a fool to trust your Gov and not ask about Everything they do .
      There is a constant battel within our Gov. of good versus evil and right now evil is winning .
      This virous is man made and intended to kill people across the globe that are not almost free of medical condition’s and below forty.
      Its not mass Gena side its culling of the herd is how your loving Gov. looks at it They researched and developed and turned it loose in china where there is an over population of 2.5 BILLION people.
      Every body knows how CHINA loves its citizens ,remember Tenamin square when they killed thousands with tanks and machine guns for protesting?

  3. Sherry Z Fortner on July 25, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Here are the details of the Tuskegee debacle, per Wikipedia. Granted that Wikipedia isn’t totallt trustworthy, this matches with other accounts I have read.

    • Primonate on July 26, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Thank You

  4. grammy em on July 25, 2021 at 8:25 am

    i remember as a young woman living in the san francisco bay area, reading about a govt study in the late 50’s that tried to figure out where radiation would go given natural air flow. (why did they think winds would be normal after a bomb?) the test consisted of airplane release of influenza virus which was then tracked by where flu cases developed. as is usual with influenza, some people died. how accurate was that article? did the govt track the rels of those who died and help them out?
    my own father died of leukemia at 55. while in the navy reserve he witnessed nuclear test blasts in the nevada desert. he said he was told it was safe because they were more than a mile away. they were given used xray films to look thru to see the blast and told the film would protect their eyes. how accurate was that? did the govt track the rels of those who later died of diseases know to be caused by radiation and help them out?

    • Brian Duff on July 25, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      You’re right Grammy Em. I feel like Agent Orange and the Iraq burn pits fall in line with your comment.

      Stay safe,

  5. Nancy Baldwin on July 31, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Parents were young adults in the Great Depression . Mom always kept a well stocked pantry and canned peaches from our 2 trees. She always bought clothes on sale and larger sizes for the kids to grow into.
    I think many people of that era were Preppers…. before we have rediscovered the value of Prepping,

    • Brian Duff on August 24, 2021 at 11:23 pm

      You’re right. Many people of that era were preppers. They didn’t have a choice.

  6. Greg Chabot on August 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Great article Brian! Nice to see some new material.

  7. Greg Chabot on November 9, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Great piece!

  8. Gina on January 9, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    The gov is hypocritical itself since it’s made it illegal to have more than 90 days of food on hand. I don’t trust one single thing that comes out of that bloated beast. If the gov says it’s bad, it’s good, if it says it’s wrong, it’s right. Enough said.

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