In the wake of superstorm Sandy, preppers are the new prophets. Those who failed to prepare are the new homeless.
For as long as we can all remember, preppers and survivalists have been derided by the mainstream media, labeled "kooks" and "wing nuts" for stockpiling food, water, ammunition, medical supplies and emergency gear. Only paranoid conspiracy theorists engage in evil preparedness activities, we were told by the sellout mainstream media, and they've convinced many that preppers may even be terrorists.
The very word "stockpiling" has been used in a derogatory manner, as if
it's somehow bad for private citizens to stockpile food, medicine and
emergency supplies that might save lives in a crisis. Never mind that
the government stockpiles all these things for its own survival;
citizens are routinely taught that stockpiling is bad!