Why You Don’t Have to Be Libertarian A-Hole to Survive a Worldwide Catastrophe

We assume disaster makes us selfish and mean. That’s just not true. By Natalie Shure / AlterNet The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. Units in a new luxury condo development in an underground Kansas bunker are being rapidly snapped up by rich clients. The eager buyers are willing to put up non-financed millions to ensure their security during an end of times-style disaster. Project developer Larry Hall explicitly hocks this fear: “it’s not a matter of if, but when” a cataclysm could trigger this necessity. I cried foul on the idea that hunkering down in a former nuclear missile silo is the best strategy for survival—in fact, the impulse strikes me as profoundly cynical and conservative. “Doomsday prepping,” after all, is a response to fearing the worst in others. Prepping enthusiasts tend to rule […] Read More