On August 24, 79, Mount Vesuvius in Italy erupted, destroying the ancient cities of Pompeii (pictured) and Herculaneum. The excavations of these sites in the mid-18th century precipitated the modern science of archaeology.
On August 24, 410, Rome was overrun by the Visigoths in an event that symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire. This is a moment in history that we would do well to remember. An empire that ruled the known world was corrupted from the inside to the point that it could not defend itself from a much weaker enemy.
My #1 Son, Jonathan Rawles, who operates SurvivalRealty.com, has just produced a free mini e-book. Here is how he describes it:
“As I’ve talked with hundreds of people contemplating a move out of the big city, a few topics have come up repeatedly. To help answer some of these recurring questions, we’ve released a short e-book as a free PDF download.
The five key factors considered are:
- Survivability–How do you choose a location that will be least affected by disaster or societal collapse?
- Sustainability–how do you select an area robust enough to survive economic catastrophe and infrastructure failures?
- Politics and culture–What about the impacts of government and local culture?
- Long-term outlook–Where are things headed in your region, and how will that affect your plans?
- Personal factors–What about external ties and family or career needs?
You can download the PDF free of charge, here.”