Okay, I'm not going to comment very much on this. Read the article for yourself and make your own judgements. All I'll say is that to me, while I believe 100% in being prepared, allowing fear and dread to ruin my life today are worse than the possiblity of a looming economic fall. You don't have to agree. Life is short for everyone, even people living off the grid. What difference does it make if you aren't prepared when you've allowed this fear to ruin your life? Dig in your heels and educate yourself. Do the absolute best you can under your own personal circumstances, and live your life with hope, kindness, and joy if you can. Get to know your local farmer's market, make some friends in the country if possible, teach yourself to garden if you don't already know how, and if you aren't a landowner, learn how to container garden. It sounds silly but you might be surprised how much produce you can harvest from a well maintained container garden. It's certainly not realistic for *everyone* to move to the country and become self-sustainable, so arm yourself with knowledge and be confident that you will be prepared in the event of a disaster. Have a plan, and a little faith in mankind. Don't turn your nose up at those who are becoming prepared or scoff at the possiblities, and above all, don't let the fear take you.