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Doomsday Preppers Week 16: Shooters Vs. Runners

If going it alone and failing to include your neighbors in your preps is the downfall of many preppers (and it rather obviously is), then the only way to possibly compound that error is to alienate them entirely, or move to a part of the world where you don't share the same language or culture. Kevin Barber and his family have chosen the latter.

Worried about a pending economic collapse, the Barbers are ditching all their friends and family in Shawnee, Kansas, and moving to Costa Rica, where they don't know the culture or speak the language. It's an escapist fantasy turned escapist reality. Obviously, the Barbers never watched 1986's The Mosquito Coast.

They seem to think that if there is an economic meltdown in the United States, that they will somehow avoid the global effects of such an event by living in the jungle. Tourism to that jungle is a major part of Costa Rica's economy, and if the tourism industry collapses -- which it almost certainly would in a global economic collapse -- then the nation's unemployment rate will skyrocket to more than 30%.

Kevin wants to bring all his firearms with him. He seems to be unaware that there is no Second Amendment there, that all guns must be registered, and that they can confiscate or deny entry to his AR-15 since it is a semi-automatic rifle. They also banned recreational hunting in 2012, so I'm not sure what good hunting rifles are going to do for him, either.

Don't get me wrong; Costa Rica has a lot going for it, including a culture that is largely agrarian, self-sufficient, and "green," with a great life expectancy (better than ours here in the U.S.) and a government that is largely hands-off. But is jumping to a radically different culture and climate really going to give your family better options in the event of an economic collapse?

And what about the food? Ah yes ... the food.