Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Importance of Being a Neo-Survivalist

by Gerald Celente

Among the Top Trends we had forecast for 2010 was “Neo-Survivalism.”

With so many once-dependable “Systems” taking a battering and breaking down and with the certainty that there will never be a return to “normal” we foresaw the need for new types of survivalist thinking designed to cope with future emergencies.

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th put those theoretical guidelines and strategies to an acid test.

Institute Director Gerald Celente and colleague Gary Abatelli, on the last leg of a South American fact-finding mission, arrived in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday, February 25th. Shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, though in a 14th-floor room with all windows closed, they were awakened by the wild howling of the innumerable dogs that roam Santiago’s streets.

In retrospect, it was a wake-up-call … a harbinger of the mega-quake that would strike minutes later. The 5-star Crown Plaza Hotel lurched and rocked. Within the room the TV toppled, lamps crashed, drawers shot out of their bureaus.

Both close-combat black belts, Celente and Abatelli’s decades of physical and psychological training would serve them well.

Aware of Chile’s long history of quakes, at the first tremor, Celente bolted from bed, put on his pants, slipped on his shoes, grabbed his jacket and ran for the stairwell.

The two had just one thought in mind: get out of the hotel before it collapsed. Nothing else counted. Personal possessions (passports, wallets, money, watches) became instant nonessentials. When it comes to life and death, the only things to leave behind are everything.

During 90 seconds of violent quakes, they put into practice years of “wobble board” training: the art of maintaining balance while continuing to move forward no matter what is being thrown at you. Flying down 14 stories of convulsing, pitching stairs, in just minutes (Celente reckons no more than three), they were first to reach the bottom.

Astonishingly, except for the hysterical cries of Madre de Dios coming from an escapee from a few floors above them, the stairwell was totally empty! They would later learn, from interviews with hotel guests, that the majority froze in panic. Some called the front desk for instructions, others waited for tour guides to direct them, a few huddled under desks, found refuge in bathtubs, or sought shelter in doorways.

We put our motto, “Think for yourself,” into action. Luckily, though seriously damaged, the hotel stood. Had it collapsed, those within it who were waiting to follow orders from tour guides or hotel personnel would have perished. When survival is at stake physical, fiscal or psychological the only leader to follow is yourself.

Prepare for the worst. If the worst doesn’t happen, nothing is lost. But if the worst happens and no preparations have been made … everything is lost.

The life-threatening element of the quake was past, but not the threat to life. In the few minutes it took Celente and Abatelli to make it downstairs, out into the street and back to the hotel lobby entrance, wolf-packs of screaming young men materialized, seemingly out of nowhere, even though it was 4 AM.

Rampaging through the streets, they bowled over and mugged anyone unlucky enough to get in their path. Police were nowhere to be seen.

Out of harm’s way for the moment, the next priority for Celente and Abatelli was finding a way out of Chile. The devastation was vast and the airport shut down. It was obvious that any sort of cleanup, to say nothing of repair and a restoration of services, would be slow to come.

Read the rest here.


  1. RW,

    In case you didn't notice, the advertisement on the top of your site is promoting California Bonds - Oh the irony!

    On another note, how will we know when you get captured by the power elite? what will be your code word?

  2. If I ever start a sentence, "My econometric..." as in "My econometric forecasts show.." or "My econometric models...," consider me captured.

  3. Dear Robert,
    I have read this article twice. Once here and in Jeff Rense´s website. I have in high regard Mr. Celente but this article is way too much. I am Chilean and I experienced the quake last Friday and I am deeply offended by your article. Because it portraits Mr. Celente as a heroe with his martial skills and agile reaction to get to the first floor and find a way out of the country. That is not Neo-Survivalism that is simply quick thinking and common sense. We just finished a Teleton and I wish you could hear not one but at least 20 stories of people with less than basic education and non martial skills that saved the day. For instance, a 12 year old girl gave the alarm in Juan Fernandez Island by herself without an adult supervision saving at least 100 hundred people. I personally held my mom from moving to our garage and held her in my arms to not get hit by a 1 kg. shingle that were falling everywhere. The Neo survivalist came afterward to plan for your family when you don´t know for how long you will have to live without basic utilities, communication, food and money.
    I will write to Gerald Celente and Jeff Rense to remove your article because I believe that if Mr. Celente is the gentleman I believe he is. He would feel ashamed for how you have potrayed him in your article.

    Jorge Marquez

  4. Dear Robert,

    I doubled checked and Gerald Celente wrote the article. Not you. My bad and apologies to you. Nevertheless, the core content of my comment stands.