Interest in survival planning and training skyrocketed in 2009 after the credit crash nearly took down global debt systems, and ever since then the movement has continued to grow. The realization that governments often cannot or will not save the general populace from full spectrum collapse has given rise to vast numbers of people seeking to become more self reliant.
Over the years preppers have been approached with ridicule and skepticism. The media became overtly hostile to the idea of independent thinkers organizing to survive and fight, and others simply treated these groups as a novelty – A curious area of interest but nothing to be taken seriously.
Then came the lockdowns and the panic driven by covid hysteria, and suddenly many of those same skeptics became preppers overnight. Mobs of people caught asleep and without provisions rushed into their local Walmart and Costco to fight over toilet paper and bags of rice. Prices on necessities doubled, many items were hard to find and there was no knowing how long the supply chain disruptions might last.
The preppers and "conspiracy theorists" were right. In fact, they've been proven right so frequently the past few years that it's now humorous to find anyone who still uses the term "conspiracy theorist" as a derogatory remark. Not only were they right about stockpiling essential goods, but they have also been proven right about training for self defense in combat scenarios.
The Russian war with Ukraine sparked surprising discussion within the mainstream media about the usefulness of civilian militias. Had the Ukrainian government not been so hostile to the notion of an armed and trained citizenry they might have had an edge when the conflict with Russia started. At the drop of a hat, Ukraine leaders were racing to arm civilians and teach them how to shoot. Of course, this was too little too late.