I have an acquaintance who’s contemplating stocking up on some potentially valuable resources just in case they become scarce someday and can be used for barter, or to sell for capital as the need arises.
Now, most of you probably would immediately think that my friend is stocking upon on guns and ammo. Nope…he’s thinking about something of more…um…general appeal…to the public: Booze.
I wouldn’t have thought of it, but his reasoning seems sound to me. Much like me, he feels that government run health care is a done deal in this country in some form or another. Everyone knows that when we abdicate responsibility to the government, we are also granting them authority over any actions that may affect that responsibility.
Which, of course, means that the modern day puritans…the health Nazis if you will…will have free reign to tax, regulate and otherwise impede those things they see as heresy out of existence…or at least drive them underground. Heck, they’re already doing it.
There is, of course, also the specter of complete economic collapse, in which case items for barter could become more valuable than money or even gold. Although gold is bright and shiny and durable and has been used for trade since the dawn of history, you can’t eat it, it won’t shelter you from the rain, it won’t keep you warm, and you can’t drown your troubles in it.
At any rate, he is considering buying a case (or two, or five) of something to keep for Justin Case.
Now, he wants to maximize his purchasing power, but he wants to get something that will be at least somewhat in demand…and if the unthinkable happens and government run health care never comes to pass and the economy rebounds…something that he can actually drink if needs be.
He’s thinking Whiskey…probably bourbon or Canadian whiskey. He’s got some prices on a few brands but was looking for input from the peanut gallery.
The obvious choice for me would be Jack Daniels, but that’s relatively pricey and would limit the quantities he could afford. The other choices he’s mulling are:
Beam Eight Star
Jim Beam (80 proof)
Anyone out there have any suggestions or recommendations based on his stated purpose? Relatively inexpensive, but drinkable whiskey?
Also, are there any particular states or localities that have better prices on booze than others?
Is this a silly idea or is he a genius?
Input would be greatly appreciated.