It seems that I have excited a lot of protest over my comment on this story: "What a crock of crap." The comment not only referred to the "lone survivor" mindset of the preppers described, but to reportage of the writer.
The outrage comes from those who self-identify as "preppers" and believe I am talking about all of them. I am not. As this post makes clear, I am not opposed to preparations: "How's your local supply preparedness? Wargaming the supply challenges of the armed citizenry in a breakdown scenario."
What I AM opposed to is the "hide in the woods until the first two big die-offs happen and then we can emerge and rule the roost" mentality. Back in the day, they used to be called "survivalists." Such people will be met by those survivors of community-based defense with the very real resentments of "where were YOU when we were fighting for our lives and liberty." Again, community based preps are the only ones likely to succeed long term. The resources available to small groups are just too few, and ignoring the plight of your friends and neighbors is, to my way of thinking, simply morally repugnant and a violation of the oath that I took. There is a very decided difference between the "hide in the woods" crowd (which, whether you like it or not, seems to make up most of the current "prepper" crowd, and the folks who are preparing for community based defense.