Ready Yourself for a Turbulent 2021 and Beyond

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Editor’s note: I came across a good article regarding how to ready yourself for 2021 so I wanted to share it with you. This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared in

Written by James Wesley Rawles

The year 2020 will be remembered as an exceptionally turbulent year, marked by multiple worldwide crises and massive urban protests and riots. It has been a year of significant drama and trauma. I do not expect that 2021 will mark a “return to normality.” If anything, 2021 will be just as jarring to our collective psyche. Parenthetically, I should mention that I created a meme for that.

In this essay, I’m posting my recommendations for SurvivalBlog readers on how to ready yourself and your family for any of the following in 2021:

  • Economic Turmoil
  • Sociopolitical Upheaval
  • Global Military and Terrorism Threats
  • Supply Chain Disruptions
  • Renewed Pandemic Lockdowns
  • Anti-Second Amendment Legislation
  • Urban Outmigration
  • A Resurgence of Inflation

I don’t claim to be any sort of prophet. I simply extrapolate from current events, trends, and my study of history.

Economic Turmoil

The massive debts that many governments have racked up since the outbreak of COVID-19 are staggering. In just the past 11 months nearly $2 Trillion Dollars has been added to our national debt. Federal debt, as a share of the economy, hit 98 percent in the 2020 fiscal year. To put the mountain of new debt in perspective: It took about 200 years for the Federal Government to build up its first $1 trillion in debt. (That threshold was reached circa 1976.) The debt is now north of $28 trillion, and climbing. And that figure does not include out-year obligations such as Federal pensions. So, I realistically, think of it as a $50+ trillion debt!

Specific Recommendations:

  • Because we can expect layoffs, develop a second income stream from a home-based business.
  • Reduce your consumer debt as much as possible.
  • Invest in anticipation of both a weaker U.S. Dollar on the Forex and much higher currency inflation. (More on that, later in this article.)

Sociopolitical Upheaval

The Antifa and BLM rioting of 2020 may carry over into 2021, even if Joe Biden is sworn in as President. And if the Federal courts intervene to throw out any tainted (late-arriving and back-dated) ballots and hence DJT gets a second term, then we can expect the leftist rioters to come absolutely unglued. The riots will be even more severe and protracted. Plan accordingly.

Specific Recommendations:

  • The late Ol’ Remus said it best: Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid visiting urban areas unless absolutely necessary. If you must, then carry body armor and full battle rattle in the trunk of your car.
  • Never travel unarmed!
  • Avoid targeting yourself. If you live in a liberal city or suburb then go “Gray Man”. Part of that is displaying no political or firearms-related bumper stickers or yard signs.

Global Military and Terrorism Threats

Or planet is not a very safe place. The state of “Peace” is the exception, and peaceful locales are also exceptions. Warfare, tyranny, brutal policing, and coercive taxation are the norm.

Some hotspots and issues to watch:

  • South China Sea
  • Taiwan Straits (Invasion of Taiwan unlikely in the Trump era, but more likely, with Biden in charge)
  • China/India Border
  • Continuation or expansion of the Nagorno-Karabakh war
  • Expansion of the Syrian Civil War into a regional war or world war.
  • A new wave of Islamic terrorism

Specific Recommendations:

  • Avoid international travel in contested regions.
  • Mitigate the risks of interruption of commerce with contested regions. Try to minimize your purchases of goods that are made in mainland China. Stock up on items that would be in short supply if any of these conflicts “go hot” in 2021.
  • Don’t live in a locale that is a likely terrorist target.

Supply Chain Disruptions

The shortages that we witnessed in the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic (February though May, 2020) illustrated how vulnerable the nation’s supply chains are. This includes not just the import and manufacturing supply chains but also the consumer level supply chain. Even local Farmers’ Markets were shut down by the Wuhan Flu pandemic.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Stock up early on items that are likely to be in short supply, such as gardening seeds, canning jars, plenty of canning jar lids, cleaning supplies, bleach, and paper products.
  • Finding replacement car parts may become problematic. If you drive a foreign-made car, then consider selling it and replacing it with an American-made car. One exception would be a pre-2018 Toyota Camry. It is a best-selling import car, so the car dismantling yards are full of parts for those.

Renewed Pandemic Lockdowns

Assuming that the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we can expect to see State-level lockdowns reinstated. And if Biden takes office, then there might be a Federal (nationwide) lockdown, as well. There also might be Federally-mandated coronavirus vaccinations and/or travel restrictions.

Further lockdowns will undoubtedly hamstring the U.S. economy. That could very well tip us over into another recession.

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  1. The Toyota Camry is assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky with more than 270 supplier locations in the United States.

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