The crisis that arrives and that does not warn
“One in three Argentines is poor and almost half of the children can not meet their basic needs, one of the hardest consequences of the crisis that erupted last year in the South American country and threatens not to improve in the short term .”
The important thing to emphasize is that I want to make them understand that a crisis can come at any time, for the same reason we must study this topic, and learn so that it does not affect them as I am affected. At the moment for example the financial crisis like the one that occurs in Venezuela or Argentina, nobody expects in one way or another the sudden change of life that has to be done in order to survive this crisis. You have to learn in different ways to avoid falling into depression, or a crisis like this one. Sometimes everything is caused by small actions that seem insignificant but that really ends up affecting the whole process, all of life, a whole nation.
The only statement of a person to whom all blame lies. As in the case of Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro, or in Argentina, Mauricio Macri. In Venezuela things are absolutely serious, they seem to have no way out, and the government gives statements about meaningless things blaming non-existent groups and issues.
In Argentina statements such as “We came well, but things happened” were some of the phrases that most hurt the residents of this country. It began in 2018 its crisis reaching the doors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finding various economic problems they had with their public debt.
We can see that in the news there are phrases such as “In an environment of great social tension and with a divided electoral environment, unemployment in Argentina reached 10.1%. The highest figure since the third quarter of 2006 “
The level of unemployment is incredible; people without money, about 1,920,000 urban unemployed, not counting that we are seeing 220 thousand more than the previous year. It should be noted that Argentina previously went through an economic crisis that completely affected the country during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Argentina quickly lost the confidence of investors and the flight of capital out of the country increased. In 2001, people fearing the worst began to withdraw large sums of money from their bank accounts, turning pesos into dollars and sending them abroad, causing a bank run. Then, the government enacted a set of measures, informally known as the “Corralito,” which restricted the free disposal of fixed-term cash, checking accounts, and savings accounts.
Due to this compensation limit and the serious problems it caused in some cases, many Argentine savers got angry and went out to protest in the streets of the most important cities in the country, especially Buenos Aires. This form of popular protest was known as “cacerolazo” (hitting pots and pans) and occurred mostly in 2001 and 2002. At first, the cacerolazos were simply noisy demonstrations, but soon included the destruction of property and looting, often targeted at banks, privatized foreign companies, and US and European companies
What are the consequences of this economic phenomenon?
The reality is that many private companies were affected by the crisis: Aerolineas Argentinas, for example, was one of the most affected Argentine companies, having to stop all international flights for several days in 2002.
Several homeless and unemployed Argentines opted for cardboard pickers, better known as cartoneros, as the fastest way out. According to an estimate in 2003, between 30,000 and 40,000 people collected cardboard from the street to earn a living by selling to recycling plants.
So what in conclusion?
The new economic crisis in Argentina would be something expected by all already being seen everything necessary to make it happen and the country go through a situation similar to the one that happened earlier or perhaps a little more lightly. The fact is to survive a crisis without plugs, without batteries, without bulbs, without switches, without heating, without fan, without refrigerator, without ceramic, without mobile, without wifi, without Internet. Without too much hot food, without being able to read at night, without Whatsapp, without listening to music, without information. Hungry that does not let sleep and gives tiredness, with cold hands to pick up a pencil, with wet mattresses, with flu, with lungs full of smoke from the bonfire, with the risk of fires.
Note from Harry:
This is the last article Emmanuel sent me. I haven’t seen him in weeks, maybe a month or so since the situation deteriorated rapidly recently in Venezuela during a week long blackout. All the refrigeration was gone even in butcher shops and they just closed down. I’m hoping he’s still alive. I think it’s worth saying he got as far as he did because he didn’t suicide when others around him were killing themselves. Any preps he had before the crisis were stolen at one point or another, and he was living day to day somehow. Mostly on rice.
It’s such a crazy set of options that he had. People recommend bugging in over bugging out, and 90% of the time I’d agree. Except how can you survive in a city with no food, and no running water when the power goes out. I think his biggest issue was lack of mobility, he used to sound surprised when I made trips of 3-15 miles each way with no powered vehicle. Instead of walking out of the city and camping closer to food (it’s a tropical country with naturally growing fruit and good camping conditions, security is a huge concern obviously) they all stayed put and went to school/work every day as if nothing was really wrong.
Then suddenly boom, grid goes down for longer than usual and they still get blind sided by it even as they have been watching it deteriorate. Boiled frog syndrome. You can sit in an air conditioned room with snacks at hand and predict logical progressions of a failing state. When you’re watching it happen around you though you force yourself to believe that the risks are smaller than they are. “What if they solve the crisis and I gave up my job and pension?” “What if I don’t get that education, what happens after the crisis?”. Being able to take big decisions with insufficient data is clearly a big key to surviving. Many aspects of prepping make you less efficient at performing in the prevailing economy, so you need a lot of courage to go against that grain.