SOCIAL UNREST ON THE RISE: What That Means to You & Why You Should Care | by Lynette Zang


Social unrest is on the rise, what does it mean to you? Security is a key piece of the mantra: Food, Water, Energy, Security, Barterability, Wealth and Shelter. Why should you even care? Maybe you feel really safe, but we have to look at a way to be Security abundant and create those layers. Social unrest could be coming to a neighborhood near you.

0:00 Overview

1:11 Social Unrest on the Rise

7:42 Essential Medication & Supplies

11:52 Economic Risk on the Rise

15:35 Create a Security Plan

18:15 Outro


Social unrest is on the rise and that’s a key piece of the mantra, Food, Water, Energy, Security, Barterability, Wealth and Shelter. That’s what we’re going to talk about today because as social unrest is on the rise, what does it mean to you? Why should you even care? Maybe you feel really safe, but we have to look at a way to be Security abundant, and create those layers. Cause social unrest could be coming to a neighborhood near you, coming up.

If you think that the world is headed in a direction that makes you a bit concern for the future. And you’d like to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible, then you’ve come to the right place. My name is Lynette Zang. Now it’s time to go Beyond Gold & Silver.

I’m Lynette Zang, Chief Market Analyst here at ITM Trading and an urban farmer for Beyond Gold & Silver.

And today we’re gonna talk about a new report that came out from the IMF on social unrest. And it’s really critical that we pay attention to this because like I said, in the intro, this is coming to a neighborhood near you. Now this social unrest index report is attempts to be a proxy for major social unrest events by counting the number of articles, which include terms related to social unrest in a variety of media sources. And you might recall that before 2020 social unrest on a global basis was on the rise in a rather big way. Fortunately, for the powers that be, then we had a little cerveza incident that happened and that tamped down, oops, let me grab my little laser pointer, and that tamped down the social unrest.

Cause once that pandemic hit though, unrest declined sharply coincident with lockdowns and voluntary social distancing. And we saw that, especially in Hong Kong, to me was one of the absolute most obvious pieces because they were working toward getting into a democracy. And boy, that’s sure has been smashed to smithereens, it’s interesting how convenient some things can be. However, as countries have loosened restrictions and the pandemic has waned, unrest has since risen. So here we are in 2019, this was the start of the pandemic. It bottomed out, as you can see, but let me show you something really interesting. I’ve told you this before, when we’re looking at the technicals, it doesn’t matter what you’re looking at. They all work the same. So look at the support level of social unrest going all the way back to 2016. Interesting that it keeps bouncing off that same place, but you can see how it is now on the rise. So moving into the future, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with that. But as food costs, rise as fuel costs, rise as inflation really takes place globally. You can expect a whole lot more social unrest. So what they’re looking at here is mobility with the advent of the war, and a lot of people leaving in this particular case, the Ukraine, you can see that social unrest can move with mobility. So when the lockdowns were in place, well, okay, you saw the social unrest plummet, but now that that’s changing again, we are having greater and greater social unrest. This is a trend that started really back in 2000 and well, 2008 with the occupy Wall Street. They didn’t understand what they were really fighting for. So it was big globally. And then it sort of just got quiet and went away. But now everything is on the rise again, we can see that social unrest is not just in emerging countries. Now it is also in developed economies like the U.S. like what happened in, what was that? January of 2020. Social unrest has continued through the latter stages of the pandemic with events in both advanced economies and emerging and developing economies in the former group. Protests have erupted in places, this is a key, where major social unrest is usually rare often with anti-government or anti lockdown motives, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, the Netherlands, and frankly, even in the U.S. And this is really what that looks like. So you can see these peaking. This is in well let me see what that is. Oh Austria. So the orange is Austria. The green over here is Canada. And of course we saw that in March of 2022 actually, and the Netherlands and New Zealand. These are not places that you think of with social unrest, but that’s happening now. Protests have erupted in places where major social unrest is usually rare. Okay, it’s the danger for the global elites to remain in power. And one of the transitions that happens during a whole regime shift and remember the world, the world economic forum, we are looking at a social, economic and financial shift and that’s happening and you’re going to have more and more social unrest as they try and shift us into their new agenda. Are you gonna stand for it? We’ll all have to decide that for ourselves. But, but remember too, there are different ways to vote and the majority of people can vote with their purses. You can either participate with what they have in mind for us, or you can choose not to participate. Okay, it is really that simple, the public can get caught up in the violence though. So when we’re looking at the mantra, you know, Food, Water, Energy, I mean, I think we can see in all of those, how important it is to be prepared. Security is a key. We’re only talking about social unrest right now, but that social unrest can get very, very, very local. Are you prepared to either move to another place of safety, which is why I have my bug outhouse, or are you prepared to make your last stand where you are? If that’s the case, then you need to create layers of security that give you time to be prepared for what you must, you will likely have to deal with.

You know, Sri Lanka, we’ve talked about that quite a bit because they are definitely in a position with a lot of social unrest as food and fuel and other rights have been tamped down and prices have skyrocketed what, over 40% now, Sri Lanka imports more than 80% of its medical supplies. So this is another big thing that you need to be prepared for. I put medical supplies underneath Food, but I can tell you, you know, I’ve been up in my cabin and before I went up there I was able to get some antibiotics and some things like that for my dogs in case something happened. And it’s a good thing I did because something did happen. And I was very glad that I happened to have all the tools that I needed on hand. So I could take care of the circumstance, but that would be true if they were my children, cause you know, the dogs have become my babies. What can I tell you? But if you have an ongoing medical issue or any kind of issue or any kind of potential issue, the time to lay in what you need to take care of those issues is now, not tomorrow, not next year, but get it done now while you still have access to all of those things that you might need. I went to a pharmacy this morning and I got, you know, butterfly and gauze and a whole bunch of that kind of thing, stuff for headaches. Cause somebody said to me, well what about a headache? I don’t typically get headaches very often. So that’s not something I would think of. But you need to sit down and think about everything that you might possibly need. You know, if you’re diabetic or somebody in your group might have some other ongoing issue lay in as much of that medication as you possibly can now because in Sri Lanka, you’re not gonna be able to do it anymore. Essential surgical equipment and anesthesia is running out so fast that the decision was made this week for only emergency surgeries to go ahead. Some government hospitals have been instructed to only admit emergency patients. So, you know, in the rest of this article, one of the things that they were talking about was appendicitis. Well I’ve had appendicitis. I think that can be life threatening. I’m not really sure, not a medical person. And I don’t, I don’t even pretend to be one, but you know, if you’re having an appendicitis attack, I remember what that felt like. You might need some surgery, but Nope, you’re not getting it because it’s not considered emergency. Ultimately people are definitely going to die. Said a doctor in Colombo who had been told not to say anything. So the question is, do you have a stash of essential medications that you might need if, if you couldn’t get them right. So I want you to think about that. We’re also putting in a medicinal garden, which we’ll do some videos on that as we move forward because you need to be in a position to be as independent and self-sufficient as possible. Things will get ugly out there when people are hungry and they’re hopeless. This is when they make choices they would not otherwise make. So you need to put yourself in a position that no matter what happens, you can take care of yourself, your family, you know, and, and your friends or whoever or whoever it is that needs your help. You wanna be in this position of strength so that you have options, because it’s rising.

Social unrest is rising and that adds risk, not just on a local basis, but on a global basis to the economy in the coming months, oops. In the coming months, two important factors. So this is what we’re gonna look for as we Mo move forward. Because part of it is in the timing. When is all of this gonna happen? We seem kind of safe and secure ish in the us. But a lot of police forces have been defunded or are getting less money to work with.

So we have less of that on the streets. I’m not making an opinion on that one way or the other, but I am telling you that you need to be prepared to take care of yourself. The two factors first as governments, relax, restrict, relax, restrictions and public concerns about catching COVID and crowds diminish pandemic related disincentives for protest might abate, but we could cause we could easily see once the lockdowns were in place and social distancing was in place that really helped governments get control of those uprisings. You know, think Hong Kong is to me the most blatant example and second, public frustration with rising food and fuel prices may increase. You think? People are already stretched so far. And certainly even with any wage gains that anybody on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum, I mean that inflation is rising faster than any of those gains. That is very frustrating when you’re trying to support a family of two or four or six or whatever family you’re trying to support. And no matter how fast you are running, you can never catch up to that goal. So what ends up happening is that you become hopeless and when you’re frustrated and you’re hopeless and you don’t know how you’re gonna feed your family, you make choices you would not otherwise make. And unfortunately I think we’re watching that globally. We have a global food and protein crisis that is already playing out. What are you waiting for? You need to be consistent with your preparations and you need to get it done now. Steep price increases for food and fuel have been associated with more frequent protests in the past. And this is when they topple governments. Are we coming to a revolution? Ray Dalio thinks so, I actually think so too, even in the U.S. We are very, very close to that. It is time to get prepared now. I count my blessings that in March of 2020 and April of 2020 near my house, there were protests near my children’s houses there were protests. And that’s when I saw the hole in my personal strategy, which I didn’t have a bug out location. And it took me a while to find the right one. But I cannot even tell you how grateful I am that I have that every single day. Not everybody can do that. And so in my home, in the middle of Phoenix, right in the middle of everything.

I had to create a Security plan for that. Fortunately, you know, there are, there’s lots of options, but security shutters are a great option. Nobody’s getting through those, the cameras, which most people actually ignore, but in reality, they can capture data. They could be a deterrent. You know, I have at the moment, three very large dogs and granted I’ve fallen in love with them, but there’s no doubt that if I felt uneasy around a person, they would annihilate that person. So large dogs are huge deterrent, even small dogs that yip and yap lot, they can still make you aware that there’s something going on that you need to pay attention to. And even though I personally, like I could never see myself shooting anybody because they were hungry. I’d rather feed them. If I felt that my life, if I felt that my children’s life is in danger or anybody that I know and love, I am getting the training so that should I, God forbid, poi poi poi ever need to use it. I would use it. We have to be proactive in this Security is a huge key. And if you have layers of Security, I had a client once that was a CSI agent and he told me quite bluntly, if somebody wants to get into your property, they’re gonna get in no matter what you do, they’re gonna get in. But if you create those layers of Security, then what that does is it buys you time to get into a position to protect your well being, your family’s well being. And that’s one of the layers of security. And I think next week is it we’re gonna be talking and updating you on the work that I’ve been doing with Curtis and Sean at 5 Stones, because they’ve been helping me create contingency plans, going through all the security, et cetera. So you’re not gonna wanna miss that one next week. I’m not sure exactly which day yet, but stay tuned for that. We’re gonna get more into Security and the different things that you can do. Nasty spiny things under windows are really good as well, but there’s lots and lots of choices. Just pick a number of them that work for you in your circumstance.

And make sure that you watch my interview with Jonathan and Kylene from The Provident Prepper channel. We talked about building a like-minded community and so much more, they were so much fun to talk to. I got so much out of our conversation. I’ll have to have them on again, cause they’re fabulous. So if you haven’t watched that, make sure that you do and you know, until next we meet, please be safe out there bye-bye.



  • Lynette’s mission is to translate financial noise into understandable language and enable educated, independent choices. All her work is fact and evidence based and she shares these tools openly. She believes strongly that we need to be as independent as possible and at the same time, we need to come together in community to survive and thrive through any financial crisis.

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