Preparedness for impending disasters seems to be a big preoccupation for Ken Wheeler. Find out about his hoarding and bug out preparation behaviours and the odd attitude that seems to underlie them.
For quite a while now, Ken Wheeler has been promoting ideas around self-reliance, stockpiling supplies, and gaining wilderness survival skills. He lifts his ideas from John Ramey, the organizer of a group Ramey calls The Prepared (aka the “preppers”) without giving him credit for them.
The Angry Photographer has also bought into the prepper approach to personal finance. He advocates amassing land, gold, silver, ammunition, marketable skills and even vodka, since these will be the new currencies once the economy has gone to ruin.
To that end, the Theoria Apophasis host has bought himself a cabin in the woods and acquired another parcel of unserviced property. He’s been building small solar arrays so that he can go off the electrical grid.
Gadget Hoarding for His Vision of Living off the Land
Ken Wheeler’s propensity for gadget hoarding has him collecting a wide range of devices for things like water purification, lighting fires, providing light, and his vision of living off the land.
Why does the Angry Photographer devote so much time and energy to these preparedness activities? He seems to experience delusions of impending disaster.
The Theoria Apophasis host insists that he’s not a “Chicken Little.” Instead, he simply has a gift for situational awareness and keeping his “head on a swivel.”
Two Decades On, None of His Predictions Came True
Ken Wheeler reports that he’s been aware of the coming catastrophe for the last twenty years. The irony that two decades have passed without any of his predictions coming true seems to be lost on him.
The Angry Photographer interprets current events through a lens of paranoia. His confirmation bias interprets events based on his apocalyptic, conspiratorial worldview of a “planned collapse” of society without saying who’s planning it or why.
In addition, this belief in preparedness for an imminent boogaloo relates to Ken Wheeler’s grandiose delusions. He feels that he’s an unappreciated genius who has made several revolutionary discoveries.
Feels He’s an Unappreciated Genius with Several Discoveries
Unfortunately, people around him and recognized experts don’t share those views. As a result, the Angry Photographer receives a great deal of scorn and ridicule when he shares his odd ideas publicly.
Imagining a dystopian future seems to be a psychological defence mechanism for the creator of Theoria Apophasis. The vision of a society that has fallen apart in which his ingenuity and superior knowledge of disaster preparedness give him the last laugh seems very gratifying and vindicating for him.
Another driver of Ken Wheeler’s preparedness notions is his conspiracist temperament. He doesn’t trust doctors, or vaccines or the health officials who make rules about the pandemic.
Tells Viewers Governments are Inherently Evil
The Angry Photographer tells his viewers that all governments are inherently evil. He avoids saying so in plain language, but he seems to believe the pandemic is a government plot meant to enslave the masses, except for Ken Wheeler of course.
The Theoria Apophasis producer seems to fear the rise of a totalitarian government in the United States that will take away everyone’s liberty. He also seems to fear a foreign invasion by an evil empire and one or more natural disasters.
It doesn’t seem to be clear, even to Ken Wheeler himself, what form the looming disaster will take. Apparently, the powers that be are using some form of cascading infrastructure failure to hide the true source of their cunning plan.
Claims His Bug Out Bag Contains $2,800 Worth of Gear
The Angry Photographer maintains a bug out bag. He tells his viewers that it contains over $2,800 worth of gear whereas a typical deluxe survival kit costs less than $200. He can barely lift it, and he says it takes four hours to pack or unpack. He brags that “I can honestly say that there’s nobody on this Earth that has a better go bag.”
Apart from a few sensible things, like a first aid kit and some ready to eat meals, the bug-out bag reflects the Theoria Apophasis creator’s penchant for gadget hoarding. It includes numerous unwieldy but impressive looking hunting knives, a space blanket, a military-grade water filter, lots of camoflage, and a hand cranked flashlight.
Although he’s oddly coy about it, one gets the impression that the kit contains multiple firearms and related ammunition, which seems to explain the wildly exorbitant budget. This outfit might make sense for a platoon of army rangers parachuting into a trackless wasteland many miles behind enemy lines.
Ludicrously Exorbitant Budget for Worthless Bug-Out Bag
However, for the type of run-of-the-mill emergency for which a sensible household might keep a “go bag”, it would be virtually worthless. His demonstration video shows that Kentucky Ken couldn’t carry his kit bag for more than 10 metres if his life depended on it.
The Angry Photographer is fond of saying that “redundancy is God and diversification is divine.” This attitude led him to hoard so many superfluous gadgets that selling only half of them paid for his cabin in full.
Thinks Disaster Preparedness with Make Him Indispensable
He thinks his disaster preparedness will make him indispensable and independently wealthy the moment the SHTF (shit hits the fan). And yet, for two decades now, that moment has never come, and there’s no reason to think it ever will.
It’s hard to tell whether Ken Wheeler believes all this paranoid propaganda or he shares it with viewers to draw a certain demographic to his YouTube channel. His videos on this topic are by far his most popular performances. Either way, his approach to disaster preparedness is utter nonsense, and it could even be dangerous if the wrong people take his survivalist message to heart.