THE PEOPLE vs THE STATE… Will the powers that be save you in a disaster?





We see government services all around us all the time. But will they be there when it really matters?


There are millions of people who still believe that big government is all it takes to prevent and get through a major disaster.  This article will clearly outline why reliance on the nation’s leadership may not always be the wisest of decisions.  There were a number of instances in our country’s not so distant past where bad decisions were made, people were endangered and billions of dollars were lost. And even though that’s not so uncommon in this day and age, what would it mean in a major catastrophe?  Would the people be willing, ready and able to take care of business and help themselves or would they simply follow the directions of someone in a position of authority with no thought process of their own?  Throughout many disasters in Alberta’s and Canada’s history, medical services, local police, RCMP and even the military have been mobilized and dispatched to help the public. But is there a chance that counting on these rescuers is the wrong move?  What if the disaster stretched the nations resources too thin?  What if the “Chain of Command” became disrupted?  What if…


In May of 2016, a wildfire swept through the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. There were over 80,000 people evacuated and large portions of the city were lost to the fire.  It was one of the largest disasters in Alberta’s history. The Martin Mars, the largest water bomber in the world, sat idle.

The reason for this is that the Alberta government did not request it.  The Fort McMurray fire was so devastating that even Russia offered one of their water bombers to come and try to help but again, the offer was declined by Canada’s prime minister.

There is no doubt that if one or both of these machines were deployed, the results of the fire would have been very different.  So why would our leadership decline such help? Well, …we might never know. But if parts of any city get damaged they will have to be repaired.  This means employment, economic stimulation and that means more taxes. If the government did hire the bombers the whole thing might have been over sooner than later but if the fire is allowed to run its course then the long-term benefits to that government are great.  The only downfall to this is that some people’s houses, memories, family heirlooms and places of work will be erased forever. There might be deaths but nothing significant is likely.  So why not just let it burn!!!


In 2016 the federal government officially announced that it has no legal responsibility to look after injured veterans. This verdict was the result of a lengthy court battle between the Harper government and the Equitas society after the pensions of veterans were seriously reduced.  How hard must it be to be laying in a hospital bed staring at a stump where your leg or arm used to be only to be told that your pension has now been reduced by forty percent…?

In another case, the government of Ontario was brought before the court for breaking election campaign promises. The court ruled, naturally, that the government has no legal obligation to keep its election promises.

Both articles clearly demonstrate that honor, compassion, “doing-the-right-thing”, or basic human decency, are not concepts regularly embraced by politicians or the courts.  When emergencies take place or are about to take place will we be waiting for the government, or someone, to “do something”?  The easiest rule to eliminate all doubt as to what will happen during a catastrophe is to assume that the state serves itself.


This article is not a political discussion. The above links are but two examples of why ordinary men and women need to think about their security, safety and preparedness. In nature, everything good gets immediately taken over. For example, if you plant a garden, weeds will immediately start to grow and choke your flowers. It is the newborn calf that is targeted by the wolf or coyote. And as soon as any one of us create more wealth, there will be someone there trying to take it, or at least a portion of it, away. So don’t let your “good” get taken. The “good” you have is your family, your future, and your life.


Our leadership is always ready for the worst and that has nothing to do with you.

In November 2017, the CBC reported that the Canadian Government has set aside two bunkers amidst global uncertainty and the North Korean threat. That article can be found here.   The interesting thing is that whenever the government takes up emergency measures of this scale, all information stemming from this move talks about the continuity of government.  Nothing however, is mentioned about you and your family. And that’s because “THOSE THINGS” are not a priority. Of course, when a government reserves a nuclear bunker for itself in case of a nuclear threat, it is acceptable and the citizen nods his head in approval.  But if the citizen stockpiles water and cans of beans, he is crazy and overreacting.  In some cases, the state might even come over and take some of his stuff. To be fair, the government does provide some great information, especially for those who do want to get started in basic preparedness. This info is however very basic and when the going gets tough, it is always better to assume that no one will be coming to help you.


There is an amazing satisfaction in being able to do things for yourself.  When one can do things like fixing the toaster, replace the pinion seal on the truck or shoot and prepare his own game meat, it brings tremendous satisfaction into his or her life. Satisfaction from a job well done is the first step to true happiness.  If we don’t possess these sort of skills in at least a basic form, we won’t be able to create happiness after surviving an extended emergency.  Keep in mind that all governments are ready for extended emergencies and this includes nuclear war.  And don’t be confused by the last sentence.  It says the governments are ready…this has nothing to do with you!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Good message, Dennis! We know the answer – if you can afford to *wait* for assistance, maybe! The reality is, the citizens have to plan for themselves and depend on themselves and their neighbors. Where and when the authorities can assist, we can take that as well. (I had no idea they let that water bomber sit idle, and then turned down Russia’s.) Also, look at the hurricane wind and flood disasters last year in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. Unprecedented scale of catastrophe – I have to add that no one was expecting the number of and severity of all these disasters of the past couple of years. Far too big for first responders and FEMA.

    1. I am very grateful for people like you who understand this. There aren’t that many. You also brought up a great point when you mentioned that no one expected the number of, and the severity of these disasters. This is often very hard to predict and that’s why all government assistance is reactionary in nature. That’s why they are called ” First Responders”…they respond to what’s already going on – if they can – the best they can. This is why people must rely on themselves to keep themselves alive until first responders arrive…understanding that the severity of the situation will dictate IF responders will arrive.
      Thank you for your input!!!

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