The following is from an article at the Daily Mail (which is a British online tabloid):
The mother of the loner who massacred 26 pupils and staff at a US primary school may have played a major part in his catastrophic mental breakdown, it emerged last night.
Friends and family portrayed Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy as a paranoid ‘survivalist’ who believed the world was on the verge of violent, economic collapse.
She is reported to have been struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.
Mrs Lanza, 52, was a ‘prepper’ – so called because they are preparing for a breakdown in civilised society – who apparently became obsessed with guns and taught Adam and his older brother, Ryan, how to shoot, even taking them to local ranges.
That backfired horrifically on Friday when Adam Lanza began his killing spree by shooting his mother dead in bed.
He fired four bullets into her head – possibly as she slept – then took three of her guns to Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where he killed 20 children and six staff.
I am highlighting this excerpt from the article not because I necessarily agree with it, but because it’s significant that other people are saying it. There’s this meme out there that “preppers” are mentally unstable with irrational paranoia. And this Newtown incident is only going to confirm, for some people, that “preppers” are a danger to civilized society.
I recently skimmed the book Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and I would say that preppers are practicing what Taleb would call “anti-fragility.” Although I’m not 100% sure that Taleb would see it that way, because he tends to have a conventional politically correct SWPL left-wing worldview more than half the time.
I might add here that several readers criticize Half Sigma for pushing the phrase “value transference,” but Taleb makes up dozens of new words and phrases in every book he writes and he seems to get away with it, although in my opinion it makes his books very hard to read.