It is my conviction that we are now under an all out assault from our rulers. Every day there is a new assault on our rights and freedoms, made under the most ridiculous pretexts. You can tell who the good guys are in these things by watching the media. Gun club stubfarts at the trap range could snap at any moment - and go on a murder spree down at the elementary school. Preppers are creepy, spooky nutters sitting on hoards of supplies they will never use. Christians are bigots and racists that must be silenced and controlled - and destroyed if possible. You can tell who the bad guys are too - the rioting blacks, the ANTIFAgs, the gender benders and all the coloured heroes of the pozzed neoliberals.
The Z Man has a good one up today, worthy of your perusal. It seems to me that the latest weapon being deployed against us is debt. The American (and Canadian) Dream is blasted at us from all sides: you must have a lavish home, two late model cars in the driveway at a minimum. Also an RV, and maybe some toys like sleds or ATV's. That is serious money. Or, it is for me, at least. For someone like you that is probably chump change, right? HAR HAR HAR!!!
Right now, for most folks, the bill for that is easily a half million dollars. Few folks realize that the house you buy today, vs the one bought by your parents or grandparents back in the 60's - is now four times more expensive, even when corrected for inflation. 65% of Canadians retire with a mortgage. Most of us are only a pay cheque or two away from the street. People that would ordinarily prep are having their horses shot out from under them before they can even get out the gate.
Getting out of debt seems impossible because that American/Canadian dream is hardwired into us by a decaying society. The first order of business for young people should be financial independence. If they have crippling student loan debt... welp, good luck with that, kid.
Were I a single young man today, I would seriously look at Van Life. If I were married - the Tiny House might be a good start too. Debt is a tool, and there is nothing inherently good or bad about it provided you understand what it is, and how to use it. If you don't it will use you... and that isn't good for anyone. Renting is the same way.
Establishing your financial independence should be as important as establishing your emergency supplies and preps. My sources are saying the party is almost over, and if you are holding large amounts of debt when it pops... unless you are connected... the consequences will be dire.