The Scary Truth About Living in Big Cities During the Turbulent Times Ahead, by Jeff Thomas

When the shit hits the fan, a big city is not where you want to be. I learned that lesson in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots. From Jeff Thomas at

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International Man: During the Covid-19 hysteria and global shutdown, the drawbacks of living in a big city became more apparent.

Sure, cities can offer more career opportunities. Still, they are also more expensive, dirtier, have higher levels of crime, crowded, have fragile supply lines, and infrastructure that can get easily overwhelmed.

How do you view the value proposition of living in a big city today, given what is transpiring?

Jeff Thomas: Well, in my college years, I found cities to be very attractive. Lots of social opportunities, lots of shops, a greater variety of goods, etc. But, during that time, I was very fortunate to have experienced two city crises from which I learned valuable lessons.

The first was an oil crisis in the winter of 1973. It was bad enough that many people had to abandon their cars, some out on the highway, in the snow. Some people died from exposure.

But at that time, I seemed to be the only one who was wondering what would happen if it got just a bit worse. What if there were no fuel to heat houses? People in the country can find a way to survive, but in the city, you have no options. Many would die without heat. But first, they’d become desperate and desperate people are a threat to your well-being.

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One response to “The Scary Truth About Living in Big Cities During the Turbulent Times Ahead, by Jeff Thomas

  1. Do t forget the millions invading the country through nonexistent borders.


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