I am currently reading "When Money Dies" by Adam Fergusson. This is an account of Post World War One German Hyper-inflation. Published in 1975 and recently reprinted the book excellent in that it contains first person narratives on how people survived when a potato cost the equivalent of $4,000.00.
There is a great deal of economics, exchange rate numbers and descriptions of politics of the day, which to me makes this book not for everyone. The most important information for me was personal records offered in the book, such as the diary of a German widow who traded her piano for food to tie her family over the winter. Other diaries, letters and reports on the effect of the economic collapse are covered.......Hungary, and Austria who suffered this hyper-inflation as well are also discussed...it is not surprising the urban vs. rural attitude held by these countries for years was instigated during this time period due to the fact that the peasants farmers in all three countries survived this time frame very well....not a surprise right? You can only guffaw if you have a working garden...if not bear this in mind. I am half way through and can recommend this book if you are interested in first hand accounts of the collapse of economies....
I have ordered a new pistol for my licensed conceal carry...a used, German Police, H&K P7 in 9mm. The German police are replacing the P7 which was their issued handgun, returning the old handguns to the manufacturer for credit, therefore these pistols are now available on the used marketplace.
The P7 is the Swiss watch of handguns---i used to say that anyone carrying one of these was an example of a $200.00 man carrying a $1700.00 handgun. Now i have to eat my words. I could have never, ever afforded one of these pistols new...and they were never available on the used market place previously for an affordable price...Thankfully institutions never remain focused....there is no real reason for the German police to change weapons other than the new is better thought process. Institutional stupidity pays off at times and for me this is one of those times.....I know how weird I am----an armed, liberal, survivalist, socialist, with no tribe.
Photo's from our "recovering" economy....................
The pundits are still pushing that the SLINGBLADE population of the United States will alter the government come this Mid Term election, this very upcoming Tuesday. It well may happen and if it does we as a nation deserve the results. If this stupidity revolution occurs you will hear no more from me on politics. If America elects these right wing idiots I will spend no more time thinking, writing, or speaking of politics.....if this election goes the wrong way anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together will no longer be welcome in this society. Good luck to all of us----
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.