James Wesley Rawles' Predicts Unraveling of America and What to do About it

by Erich

James Wesley Rawles, former miltary intelligence officer, preparedness expert, and editor of SurvivalBlog.com is forecasting another crisis here in the United States beginning this Fall which will unravel throughout the next 24 months.

In his interview with InfoWars Nightly News’ host Alex Jones, he lays out the coming trends and what we should do about it:

The fate of the European Economic Union and what it means for the United States starting this Fall

“Things are accelarating. There are a lot of policy planners in the Obama whitehouse and…in Europe that are pretty frantic right now. They see the European economic union falling apart at the seams.”

“All I can say with certainty is there is no way they can pay this money back. It’s a mountain of debt and interest rates are starting to spike in Greece, Italy, and Spain. That’s indicitive that the Euro isn’t going to hang in there… There is going to be a collapse of the Euro.”

“We may actually see the united states as a short term safe haven for capital coming out of europe but that…will turn just a few months later. Certainly by this fall, October or November, we’ll see this crisis here in the United States.”

“Inevitably what’s going to happen is a certain chain of events: We’ll have chaos in Europe. We’ll probably see a banking crisis there (full scale bank runs, banking holidays etc). Interest rates will spike, but then the credit rating agencies…are going to downgrade the United States… That is the key trigger event… When that happens we will be no better than Greece and we will go through our own crisis, but on a grand scale.

Once interest rates move, watch out.”

The danger of bank holidays here in the U.S.

“Basically a bank holiday (which we haven’t seen in the United States since the 1930s) would be a government mandated closure of part or all of the banks of the United States to stem off the flood of withdrawals that would take place if we had a bank run.

In the event of a bank holiday, in the modern era it’s not just a physical run, where people are standing in line to the banks. They will cut people off electronically as well. All online banking will be suspended, all atm machines will be shut down.”

“All of the SNAP payments which are on EBT cards now (they used to be food stamps)…are negotiated through the bank check-clearance system. So if they shut down the check-clearance system they also are going to shut down food stamps.


“It’ll be bad enough when the ATMs shutdown…but what about the people living on the ragged edge? What happens when their food stamp/EBT cards no longer work? There will be blood in the streets. There will be major riots in urban areas very quickly after a banking holiday is announced.”

JWR on why precious metals are falling in value

“It’s only because the economic crisis in Europe is so bad, that there’s a scramble for cash and people are liquidating every asset imaginable. They’re selling stocks, they’re selling bonds, and they’re even selling precious metals to meet margin calls.”

“In the short term we’re going to see a mix of both inflation and deflation simultaneously…in the long run though, it will be nothing but inflation and more inflation.

JWR on the long-term inevitability of economic collapse

“I don’t think it can be avoided at this point. Now it could be delayed quite a while. They might have a currency reform here in the States…They might even do something as severe as dropping a zero or even two zeroes off the dollar. Which would cause and overnight boost to the economy…and will give people the illusion of prosperity in the short term…to carry us over. But in the long term, things are going to break down. We will see a full-scale economic collapse. It’s…inevitable.

JWR on World War III

“I think battlelines are being drawn. Just like in World War II with Ally and Axis powers, we could very well see a situation much like World War II where these cabals are formed. It will be interesting to see where Iran ends up, where Russia ends up, where China ends up. Something tells me that the United States is not going to have a lot of friends in World War III .

What we’re seeing right now economically could very well in the course of the next five years, turn into the beginnings of WWIII. It could get literally that bad.”

JWR encouraged by the growing prepper movement

“It’s difficult to say how things are going to play out…I’m amazed to see so many people still in zombie mode, but it’s encouraging to see people reading blogs like mine and listening to radio shows like yours and to see how many people are waking up and making tangible, practical steps to getting their families prepared in terms of water filtration, food storage, communications equipment and so forth because they recognize that there is going to be disruption ahead.”

Society’s degradation as a whole

“The level of civility in our society is dropping. The sissification of our society is definitely in full swing. Very few people are willing to stand up for what’s right. They want to go along and get along and create as few waves as possible.

We live in a society of sheep…sheeple. We have an overweight generation, and undereducated generation, and a generation that’s fixated on their day-to-day pleasures, and when true hard times come they are going to be completely unprepared.

The mass die-off of society

“We live in a sissifed generation and a dumbed-down generation. And unfortunately we’re going to see a massive die off. I can’t see any other solution. Unfortunately it’s going to come to that. It won’t be anything that we precipitate. We’re just going to be spectators but hopefully we’re going to pull through this.

“We’re going to witness perhaps as much as 80% of the American population dying off by the time all is said and done. Because if there is an orchestrated collapse, we are unfortunately living in a house of cards. And the vast majority of the citizenry has no preparations…two or three days of food at home, half a tank of gas, no stored fuel. They are going to be completely behind the power curve, and they are going to be like sheep for the slaughter.”

JWR on preparedness

“It’s difficult to say what the end result will be. All i can say is we’re going to have some incredibly turbulent times for the next couple of years and that people need to get themselves prepared.”

“People need to wake up. It’s now beyond just political rhetoric, it’s beyond the awakening stage. At this point people need to get physically prepared…you’re seeing what’s going on with greece, with their economy cratering and unemployment rate over 30% effectively. We’re going to see the same thing here in the United States. We’ll see our own bank runs, we’ll see our own bank holidays. It could get very ugly very quickly so people need to make tangible preparations.”

“I think it’s important that people get prepared. People need to keep a lot more cash at home and…a good chunk of that should be in 5 cent coins (in nickels) because it’s the only currently minted coin in the united states that’s worth it’s face value — everything else is just a token.

People need to get prepared for this coming banking crisis. I think we will have a delay before it takes place here in the United States because the dollar and U.S. investements will be seen as a safe haven, temporarily.

This is your window of opportunity folks. Get a wad of cash, and it should be in $1 and $5 dollar bills. Not large bills because you’re going to need to be able to make change. Because if there is a banking crisis, people are going to need to resort to cash for just about everything.

Get your food storage squared away. Get a water filter. Make plans to team up with your country cousins or friends that you have that live in lightly populated, rural farming areas.”

Picking a bug-out location

“The crucial thing is you want to be on the side road of a side road. You don’t want to be on any natural line of drift for people fleeing the cities.

All the major highways are going to get flooded with refugees. And the major farm to market roads (the side roads) to a lesser extent, but even fewer people will end up on the side roads of the side roads, that’s where you want to be…the vast majority of the problems will not come looking for you.”

The importance of firearms during SHTF

“The people who are well armed are not going to get picked on. It’s just like urban crime, the people who get picked on are the most vulnerable: the elderly, the infirmed, and the unarmed.

If and when wo do see a major societal collapse, these roving bands are going to come out of the big cities, they’re going to pick on your Prius-driving, Berkenstock-wearing neighbors first. They’re not going to want to pick on somebody that’s well armed, especially in a situation where their advanced medical care has gone away.”

Preparing for a world without internet

“People need to make plans for a world without the internet in the worse case and it’s important that people go to their favorite websites and look up the dotted-quad/IP address and literally write down and…carry that in your wallet.

For the more advanced computer users…you need to explore what’s called the Dark Net. Do a web search on “dark net” and get yourself set up. It’s not as easy to use as the internet through a standard web browser but it’s important that people develop a presence in the dark net so that if the main internet dissapears some day…there’s a good possibility that the dark net will still be up an running.

You also need to get set up with a Bitcoin account so that you can transact business on the dark net. It may become crucial in the next couple of years because the internet as we know it may be either partially or completely taken away from us.

Beyond the darknet the other thing I recommend people do is get themselves licensed as amateur radio operators…because if the internet goes down, we could see a situation where there’s martial law.

Unless patriots can communicate we’re going to be powerless.

For the complete interview , see the following video:

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Comment by Silas Longshot
2012-07-10 08:21:05

I have read and followed Mr R for some time now, and find him on point on virtually everthing he publishes or says.
Pay attention, folks. Bad days are ahead. If you aren’t prepping, you aren’t going to make it.

Comment by TI
2012-07-10 09:25:34

Very true Silas. Very true

Comment by Debbie
2012-07-10 09:44:40

Scary stuff. Personally I am in the final stages of my preparedness. Well final for the initial phase, if that makes sense. I have my food storage sorted, have water, power, protection issues handled. Phase two will be to continue with food storage because you can never have too much and having more means more options, more people I care about that I can help, more stuff to barter, etc. However, even with all that and even with my mindset that I KNOW it’s coming, I still find myself thinking it won’t really be that bad here. How much more difficult is it for those who don’t see it coming to accept the necessity of preparing? That is the scariest thing of all.

Comment by TI
2012-07-10 11:03:06


Preparedness definitely brings piece of mind, but even with that it’s the unknown that still causes me to question I have what I need for my family.

I totally agree that those who balk at the idea of getting ready are in for some tough times ahead.

– Erich

Comment by Brad
2012-07-10 14:01:59

Many of us have seen this coming for a number of years, and the growing immorality of our nation. This nation was founded by righteous men, guided by the Holy Spirit and with the guidance of God we have never faltered since the founding fathers laid their lives on the line, and threw the British out. With the growth of same-sex unions, narcotics and all the influx of drugs on every streetcorner, and a thousand-other ways we have turned our back on the God of our Fathers, we see our nation coming under condemnation and God withdrawing his Spirit from our nation; a house-cleaning is needed and its on the horizon; Rawles is right-on in his expectations. We have forsaken the Lord, so he is forsaking us, and leaving us to get along by ourselves. We have allowed the sacred meanings of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights to be trampled in the dirt with our “Stars and Stripes”; no longer waving proudly. We have traded our birthright, not for a bowl of pottage, rather a bucket of manure ! Get ready America, for a house-cleaning “on a grand scale”! The freedom and liberty we have enjoyed, no longer exists but in memory only. We allowed our heritage to be traded away…like Benj. Franklin remarked, “we will give up freedom, for security, and will wind-up having neither. Get out the sack-cloth and ashes, we are gonna need ’em. Not much more to be covered, “Nuff said”! The real pinch, is our grandchildren have to share in all this, and we will come under condemnation for that also !
May God have mercy on our nation !

Comment by hilltopprepper
2012-07-11 11:19:48

We are living through the waning days of this once great nation. Prepare for bad times. Arm yourselves. Stockpile food and seeds. Harden your position. Train.

Comment by T.R.
2012-07-12 18:28:13

Scary stuff , but if it got that bad I can see another civil war and a secession movement . I do believe much of the world feels we have outlived our usefulness , and I could see countries like china and russia as well as some of our western allies giving support to the rebels in a civil war . One thing about civil wars , the new nation created starts with a clean slate ……whatever agreements the old junta had are null and void , and must renegotiate with the new junta .

Comment by ozarked
2012-07-13 02:04:34

I disagree that God has turned His back on us. I believe He has given us free will and that we will reap what we sow. However, no matter how far we stray from His wishes, He will still offer His protection to those who turn to Him when darkness descends for He is a loving and forgiving God. This applies not just to individuals, but to nations as well.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-07-18 05:19:17

Well spoken.

Comment by T.R.
2012-07-14 14:17:16

I admire your convictions , its important to believe in something …………………if this is all their is ………………its rather pointless dont you think .

Comment by lilbear68
2012-07-20 13:11:59

get the ham gear but forget he license, when TSHF happens a license will be irrelevant. and remember i you push the ‘transmit’ button for a long time they will have your location

Comment by Chad H.
2012-07-22 14:13:54

The point for getting the ham gear AND the license is that you can then legally experiment with your equipment and learn how to use it. Operating a ham rig isn’t as easy as throwing your CB on the dashboard, plugging the power cord in a cigarette lighter, slapping a magnet mount antenna on top of the car, and dialing up 1 of 40 channels. You can also join a club and make contacts locally, regionally, and worldwide that can be invaluable in a crisis providing aid or information.

Comment by TI
2012-07-22 15:24:18

Well said Chad.

Comment by Carolyn
2012-08-02 11:42:54

Take some time NOW to find out if your neighbors are preparing or sheeple. I found out my neighbors were not prepared, nor interested. It’s good to know ahead of time that I needed to keep my preps quiet. I finally found a company that offers an OPSEC way to get our food storage. A years worth of food all stacked up on a pallet and wrapped in black plastic. It’s called the CUBE. You can find it at http://www.srmarketplace.com on the special deals page. Don’t know how to cook with food storage? They have some good videos that shows you several recipes. It’s easier than I thought it would be to be prepared, you just have to know where to look.

Comment by dave
2012-08-10 19:57:04

Why, pray tell, if these things are going to happen why would I “license” for an amatuer radio “permit”?

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:12:10

The reason for the license is to get skilled now in Ham operation.

Comment by kelley
2012-10-12 18:20:27

the main reason not to get licensed for a ham radio or a pistol permit is that the gov’t then knowns you have one and will come and get it…….DON’T think so remember they outlawed gold not to long ago…..

Be very careful people what you sign up for and always lie on the forms as much as you can

Comment by kent
2013-12-10 21:54:20

very true brad very true …..

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