Jim Fry wrote: And possibly read the documents of the American founding fathers, and The Constitution of the United States of America. It is Liberty, Freedom and Equality for All that is the best guard against an apocalypse.
Though I am a fan of the U.S. Constitution and don't believe it needs to be re-cast, I do take objection to the many of the documents of the founding fathers, namely the Federalist Papers. I don't believe they are a reflection of their altruism for starting a nation. Ever wonder why we don't study equally the anti-federalist papers? Most people don't even know there are equally compelling and quantity of anti-federalists papers. The winners get to write history. Motivations of the founding fathers who were federalist was not primarily to stem slavery, but to support large urban businesses that has already established themselves. They did not originate the Bill of Rights. Most of these federalists were simply wanting to protect market share by being able to control the legislature of a federalist government. And, since they won out because of a constitutional compromise by the agrarians (anti-federalists) who fought for personal rights, we ended up with a large centralized government. Federalizing systems is not much different, in my opinion, than socializing them. Which, as you've pointed out, has failed miserably. I love this country, a bit less than I used to, but I also don't have any delusions about the truth of what has happened to us from the very founding of our nation. Powerful interests will always be self interested no matter what their messages are. This truth has always been, and will always be, even after some type of SHTF situation. The secret is to either be unnoticeable if you're against the self-interested power or to be mobile enough to avoid it. The current abdication of the citizenry from participating in civic events and government has paved the way for a class of rulers who perpetually protect their position in government by legislation and regulation and provide protection for businesses in the same way. There are no statesmen. This is what we must prepare ourselves for even now.