James Wesley Rawles’ Predicts Unraveling of America and What to do About it
James Wesley Rawles, former miltary intelligence officer, preparedness expert, and editor of SurvivalBlog.com is forecasting another crisis here in the United States beginning this Fall which will unravel throughout the next 24 months.
In his interview with InfoWars Nightly News’ host Alex Jones, he lays out the coming trends and what we should do about it:
The fate of the European Economic Union and what it means for the United States starting this Fall
“Things are accelarating. There are a lot of policy planners in the Obama whitehouse and…in Europe that are pretty frantic right now. They see the European economic union falling apart at the seams.”
“All I can say with certainty is there is no way they can pay this money back. It’s a mountain of debt and interest rates are starting to spike in Greece, Italy, and Spain. That’s indicitive that the Euro isn’t going to hang in there… There is going to be a collapse of the Euro.”
“We may actually see the united states as a short term safe haven for capital coming out of europe but that…will turn just a few months later. Certainly by this fall, October or November, we’ll see this crisis here in the United States.”
“Inevitably what’s going to happen is a certain chain of events: We’ll have chaos in Europe. We’ll probably see a banking crisis there (full scale bank runs, banking holidays etc). Interest rates will spike, but then the credit rating agencies…are going to downgrade the United States… That is the key trigger event… When that happens we will be no better than Greece and we will go through our own crisis, but on a grand scale.
Once interest rates move, watch out.”
The danger of bank holidays here in the U.S.
“Basically a bank holiday (which we haven’t seen in the United States since the 1930s) would be a government mandated closure of part or all of the banks of the United States to stem off the flood of withdrawals that would take place if we had a bank run.
In the event of a bank holiday, in the modern era it’s not just a physical run, where people are standing in line to the banks. They will cut people off electronically as well. All online banking will be suspended, all atm machines will be shut down.”
“All of the SNAP payments which are on EBT cards now (they used to be food stamps)…are negotiated through the bank check-clearance system. So if they shut down the check-clearance system they also are going to shut down food stamps.
“It’ll be bad enough when the ATMs shutdown…but what about the people living on the ragged edge? What happens when their food stamp/EBT cards no longer work? There will be blood in the streets. There will be major riots in urban areas very quickly after a banking holiday is announced.”
JWR on why precious metals are falling in value
“It’s only because the economic crisis in Europe is so bad, that there’s a scramble for cash and people are liquidating every asset imaginable. They’re selling stocks, they’re selling bonds, and they’re even selling precious metals to meet margin calls.”
“In the short term we’re going to see a mix of both inflation and deflation simultaneously…in the long run though, it will be nothing but inflation and more inflation.
JWR on the long-term inevitability of economic collapse
“I don’t think it can be avoided at this point. Now it could be delayed quite a while. They might have a currency reform here in the States…They might even do something as severe as dropping a zero or even two zeroes off the dollar. Which would cause and overnight boost to the economy…and will give people the illusion of prosperity in the short term…to carry us over. But in the long term, things are going to break down. We will see a full-scale economic collapse. It’s…inevitable.
JWR on World War III
“I think battlelines are being drawn. Just like in World War II with Ally and Axis powers, we could very well see a situation much like World War II where these cabals are formed. It will be interesting to see where Iran ends up, where Russia ends up, where China ends up. Something tells me that the United States is not going to have a lot of friends in World War III .
What we’re seeing right now economically could very well in the course of the next five years, turn into the beginnings of WWIII. It could get literally that bad.”
JWR encouraged by the growing prepper movement
“It’s difficult to say how things are going to play out…I’m amazed to see so many people still in zombie mode, but it’s encouraging to see people reading blogs like mine and listening to radio shows like yours and to see how many people are waking up and making tangible, practical steps to getting their families prepared in terms of water filtration, food storage, communications equipment and so forth because they recognize that there is going to be disruption ahead.”
Society’s degradation as a whole
“The level of civility in our society is dropping. The sissification of our society is definitely in full swing. Very few people are willing to stand up for what’s right. They want to go along and get along and create as few waves as possible.
We live in a society of sheep…sheeple. We have an overweight generation, and undereducated generation, and a generation that’s fixated on their day-to-day pleasures, and when true hard times come they are going to be completely unprepared.
The mass die-off of society
“We live in a sissifed generation and a dumbed-down generation. And unfortunately we’re going to see a massive die off. I can’t see any other solution. Unfortunately it’s going to come to that. It won’t be anything that we precipitate. We’re just going to be spectators but hopefully we’re going to pull through this.
“We’re going to witness perhaps as much as 80% of the American population dying off by the time all is said and done. Because if there is an orchestrated collapse, we are unfortunately living in a house of cards. And the vast majority of the citizenry has no preparations…two or three days of food at home, half a tank of gas, no stored fuel. They are going to be completely behind the power curve, and they are going to be like sheep for the slaughter.”
JWR on preparedness
“It’s difficult to say what the end result will be. All i can say is we’re going to have some incredibly turbulent times for the next couple of years and that people need to get themselves prepared.”
“People need to wake up. It’s now beyond just political rhetoric, it’s beyond the awakening stage. At this point people need to get physically prepared…you’re seeing what’s going on with greece, with their economy cratering and unemployment rate over 30% effectively. We’re going to see the same thing here in the United States. We’ll see our own bank runs, we’ll see our own bank holidays. It could get very ugly very quickly so people need to make tangible preparations.”
“I think it’s important that people get prepared. People need to keep a lot more cash at home and…a good chunk of that should be in 5 cent coins (in nickels) because it’s the only currently minted coin in the united states that’s worth it’s face value — everything else is just a token.
People need to get prepared for this coming banking crisis. I think we will have a delay before it takes place here in the United States because the dollar and U.S. investements will be seen as a safe haven, temporarily.
This is your window of opportunity folks. Get a wad of cash, and it should be in $1 and $5 dollar bills. Not large bills because you’re going to need to be able to make change. Because if there is a banking crisis, people are going to need to resort to cash for just about everything.
Get your food storage squared away. Get a water filter. Make plans to team up with your country cousins or friends that you have that live in lightly populated, rural farming areas.”
Picking a bug-out location
“The crucial thing is you want to be on the side road of a side road. You don’t want to be on any natural line of drift for people fleeing the cities.
All the major highways are going to get flooded with refugees. And the major farm to market roads (the side roads) to a lesser extent, but even fewer people will end up on the side roads of the side roads, that’s where you want to be…the vast majority of the problems will not come looking for you.”
The importance of firearms during SHTF
“The people who are well armed are not going to get picked on. It’s just like urban crime, the people who get picked on are the most vulnerable: the elderly, the infirmed, and the unarmed.
If and when wo do see a major societal collapse, these roving bands are going to come out of the big cities, they’re going to pick on your Prius-driving, Berkenstock-wearing neighbors first. They’re not going to want to pick on somebody that’s well armed, especially in a situation where their advanced medical care has gone away.”
Preparing for a world without internet
“People need to make plans for a world without the internet in the worse case and it’s important that people go to their favorite websites and look up the dotted-quad/IP address and literally write down and…carry that in your wallet.
For the more advanced computer users…you need to explore what’s called the Dark Net. Do a web search on “dark net” and get yourself set up. It’s not as easy to use as the internet through a standard web browser but it’s important that people develop a presence in the dark net so that if the main internet dissapears some day…there’s a good possibility that the dark net will still be up an running.
You also need to get set up with a Bitcoin account so that you can transact business on the dark net. It may become crucial in the next couple of years because the internet as we know it may be either partially or completely taken away from us.
Beyond the darknet the other thing I recommend people do is get themselves licensed as amateur radio operators…because if the internet goes down, we could see a situation where there’s martial law.
Unless patriots can communicate we’re going to be powerless.
For the complete interview , see the following video: