THOUGHTS ON URBAN SURVIVAL
Life in Post-Collapse Argentina, Oct. 2005
My brother visited Argentina a few weeks ago. He’s been living in Spain for a few years now.
Within the first week, he got sick, some kind of strong flu, even though the climate isn’t that cold
and he took care of himself. Without a doubt he got sick because there are lots of new viruses in
my country that can’t be found in 1st world countries. The misery and famine lead us to a
situation where, even though you have food, shelter and health care, most others don’t, and
therefore they get sick and spread the diseases all over the region.
What got me started on this post is the fact that I actually saw this coming, and posted on the
subject here at Frugal’s, [frugalsquirrels.com] months before the new viruses spread over the
country and the news started talking about this new health emergency, which proves that talking,
thinking and sharing ideas with like-minded people (you guys), does help me to see things
coming and prepare for them with enough time. So I started thinking about several issues, what I
learned (either the hard way or thanks to this forum) after all these years of living in a collapsed
country that is trying to get out an economical disaster and everything that comes along with it.
Though my English is limited, I hope I’m able to transmit the main ideas and concepts, giving
you a better image of what you may have to deal with some day, if the economy collapses in
your country. Here is what I have so far:
URBAN OR COUNTRY?
Someone once asked me how did those that live in the country fare. If they were better off than
city dwellers. As always there are no simple answers. Wish I could say country good, city bad,
but I can’t, because if I have to be completely honest, and I intend to be so, there are some issues
that have to be analyzed, especially security. Of course those that live in the country and have
some land and animals were better prepared food-wise. No need to have several acres full of
crops. A few fruit trees, some animals, such as chickens, cows and rabbits, and a small orchard
were enough to be light years ahead of those in the cities. Chickens, eggs and rabbits would
provide the proteins, a cow or two for milk and cheese, some vegetables and fruit plants covered
the vegetable diet, some eggs or a rabbit could be traded for flour to make bread and pasta or
sugar and salt.
Of course that there are exceptions, for example, some provinces up north have a desert climate,
and it almost never rains. It is almost impossible to live off the land, and animals require food
and water you have to buy. Those guys had it bad; no wonder the northern provinces suffer the
most in my country. Those that live in cities, well they have to manage as they can. Since food
prices went up about 200%-300%. People would cut expenses wherever they could so they could
buy food. Some ate whatever they could; they hunted birds or ate street dogs and cats, others
starved. When it comes to food, cities suck in a crisis. It is usually the lack of food or the