A Prepper will get criticized by a survivalist for bringing the message of prepping to the mainstream (and quite potentially saving many lives by doing so and maybe even making things safer for everyone for when TSHTF) That criticism is usually about a perceived danger for compromising their OPSEC, and yet at the same time we will regard a fire fighter who runs into a burning building and “actually” risking his life just to save one person as a hero.
Is there really a danger by being public about prepping? There is a level of danger in everything we do in our everyday lives. I would argue that skydiving is far more dangerous than publicly sharing the message of prepping with others, but what gain does society have each time you jump out of an airplane? Yet we do not criticize the skydiver. Even the figherfighter who is in a much greater position of danger will save but only a handful of lives. However, by publicly sharing the message preparedness, a prepper has the ability to save possibly thousands if not millions.
Where the hypocrisy really lies, is why do not these same OPSECr’s criticize their local survival stores, survival schools, and gun dealers for advertising their stores, products and services on TV, newspapers, and magazines? Does that not also compromise the OPSEC of those merchants? And if those merchants closed up shop and hid in the shadows as the OPSECr’s suggest the rest of us do, where would you buy your preps?
I think the government actually wants people to hide. They want people to fear them. By having us hide, it’s much easier for them to quell any dissenting voice. Your fear is what brings them power. By fearing the government you are part of the problem, not the solution.
“When the government fears the people there is freedom. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny” – Thomas Jefferson.