Monday, March 10, 2014

Film Review: Strategic Relocation

Strategic relocation is the process of selecting a place to live that is as free as possible of the problems that can arise from societal disruption. In the documentary film Strategic Relocation, Alex Jones and Joel Skousen discuss the threats to our modern American way of life, as well as actions the viewer can take to mitigate, if not eliminate, those threats. 

With the aid of a lot of maps and slides, Skousen and Jones evaluate a number of threats that could endanger Americans: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, nuclear attacks, economic collapse, wars, EMPs, political risks.* Within some example states (and in different areas of those states) they give a 1-5 rating of each of these risks and discuss what can be done to mitigate them. They take a very wise view that there is simply no single threat that must be prepped for at the expense of all others.

Let's hit the negatives first: I'm not a big fan of Skousen's theory that "globalists" - the Anglo and American banking establishment families - are trying to bait Russia and China into nuking the US off the map so they can establish a world government based in Europe. On one hand, it's an easy argument to make, especially when you watch the feckless US government repeatedly poking the bear, most recently in Crimea. On the other hand, my expectation of the immediate future is one of devolution and dissolution, relentless driven by the miniaturization of technology, debt deflation, and the end of cheap energy.  Doubless there are some who still dream of a world government run by bureaucrats in Brussels. With every Greek bailout, those dreams slide further beyond their reach.

That conspiracy aside, Skousen provides a wealth of excellent advice for those who see trouble coming and want to provide a little safety for their families:

The best place for Americans is America.  The web, he notes, is full of ads and sites that will convince you that Chile or Costa Rica or some other ex-pat community is the best place to ride out the storm.  These sites are run by a) expats living the high life in peaceful times, or b) real estate agents.  If the US government does come apart, these people will quickly** realize how much they presently live beneath the umbrella of its strength. On the other hand, should a gargantuan US government come looking for them, is the government of Costa Rica going to stand up to it?***  America, especially America west of the Mississippi, has the highest percentage of liberty-aware, self-sufficient people you'll find anywhere in the world.  And they have lots of guns.  Both of these facts make America the best of a lot of bad choices for English-speaking Americans.

But most importantly, there are always tradeoffs no matter what and no matter where.  The safest places are those with a low population density, but to make a living, most people must work where there is a high population density (i.e. in a city). Maine is a great retreat, except that it offers no retreat should it be cut off. Southwestern California can be very safe, but there's only one highway out, and it goes through Las Vegas.  Thinking and relocating strategically is the process of understanding those tradeoffs and making them consciously in the best interests of your family.

The 2 1/2 hour full version of the film is 50% a walk through Skousen's book of the same name, 50% a signature Alex Jones conspiracy rant, and 100% entertaining. It's available for free on Youtube, or for $20 on DVD at

* They missed Zombie Apocalypse for some reason.
** as in, "5 seconds after narco gangs tear down the gates of their communities."
*** Ask those with 'secret' Swiss bank accounts that have been turned over to the IRS.

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