Preppers surge, replacing Y2K survivalist movement

Everyone should read Emily Matchar’s piece on “preppers“, the newest version of survivalists. According to her article, the end-times movement which had been relatively quiet since 1999’s Y2K freak-out (READ: DEVIL WIND to learn more about that), has resurged in the last three years as more and more people feel the social stresses brought on by globalization and the economic downturn. My question to all of you:  is this really the answer to our problems – build individual shelters, stock them with food and guns and bulletproof perimeters to keep out our neighbors when times get tough? Is an “every-man-for-himself” really the kind of America we want to live in? Not me. But  your thoughts are appreciated.