Preparedness for impending disasters, real or imagined, seems to be a big preoccupation for Ken Wheeler. Find out about his hoarding and bug-out behaviours and the odd attitude that seems to underlie them.
Since the end of World War II, a loosely organized coterie of people fearing an impending outbreak of civil disorder has existed in the United States and elsewhere. They’ve had various names over the years, including retreaters, survivalists and preppers.
Followers of this worldview share a few things in common. They’re overwhelmingly white, anti-establishment, politically right-wing and heavily armed. Also, their visions of disastrous unrest never materialize.
Their activities emphasize self-reliance, stockpiling supplies, owning remote wilderness retreats and learning suvival skills. Not everyone who’s interested in disaster preparedness is a violent fanatic, but observers have always noticed a strong undercurrent of firearm fervency within the movement.
“What They Want Is a License to Open Fire”
As the New York Times columnist Neil Genzlinger put it, “What these folks want most of all is not to protect their families — the standard explanation for why they’re doing what they’re doing — or even the dubious pleasure of being able to say to the rest of us, ‘See, I told you the world was going to end.’ What they want is a license to open fire.”
For quite a while now, Ken Wheeler has been promoting ideas around firearms proficiency, self-reliance, stockpiling supplies, and gaining wilderness survival skills. He lifts his ideas from writers like Don Stephens, Howard Ruff and John Ramey, the latter of whom founded the group “The Prepared,” also know as “The Preppers.”
The Angry Photographer has also bought into the prepper approach to personal finance. He advocates amassing non-perishable food, land, gold, silver, ammunition, marketable skills and even vodka, since these will be the new currencies once the economy has gone to wrack and ruin.
Cabin in the Woods and Parcels of Unserviced Land
To that end, the Theoria Apophasis host has bought himself a cabin in the woods and acquired other parcels of unserviced land. He’s also been building small solar arrays so that he can go off the electrical grid.
Ken Wheeler’s propensity for gadget hoarding has him collecting a wide range of devices for things like food preservation, water purification, lighting fires, providing light, and his naive 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.
“Situational Awareness and Keeping His Head on a Swivel”
The Theoria Apophasis host insists he’s not a “Chicken Little.” Instead, he simply has a gift for “situational awareness” and “keeping his head on a swivel.” He claims to detest being labelled a “prepper,” perhaps more because of the term’s connotation than his disaster preparation activities themselves.
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” or “reset” of society without saying who’s planning it or why.
Word ‘Reset’ Is From Book COVID-19: The Great Reset
The Theoria Apophasis gets the word “reset” from the title of the book by the World Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab and Thierry Mallaret, COVID-19: The Great Reset. The book’s central thesis is “that core values of inclusivity, solidarity and trust are strong determining elements and important contributors to success in containing a pandemic.”
These values don’t sit well with Ken Wheeler. He views including those who are different, solidarity with strangers and trusting one another as naive and foolish principles that will only get you killed.
Schwab and Mallaret suggest that the pandemic might result in a societal reset that narrows the gap between rich and poor, substitutes solidarity for competition and values stability over growth. Such a world sounds disastrous to the Angry Photographer, and he declares he will never comply with it.
Believes He’s an Unappreciated Genius
This belief in preparedness for an imminent boogaloo also seems to stem from Ken Wheeler’s belief that he’s an unappreciated genius who’s made several revolutionary discoveries. In their diagnostic manual DSM 5, the American Psychiatric Association states that such thoughts are consistent with a condition called Grandiose Delusional Disorder.
Unfortunately for him, people around the Angry Photographer and recognized experts don’t accept his views. As a result, he 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. The vision of a society that has fallen apart in which his ingenuity and vastly superior knowledge give him the last laugh seems very gratifying and vindicating for the Theoria Apophasis host.
Conspiracist Temperament – Doesn’t Trust Authority
Another driver of Ken Wheeler’s preparedness proclivities is his conspiracist temperament. He doesn’t trust authority figures like doctors, scientists or the health officials who make rules about the pandemic.
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 has been a government plot to enslave the masses, except for Ken Wheeler of course.
The Theoria Apophasis producer claims 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.
Doesn’t Seem Clear What Form Disaster Will Take
It doesn’t seem to be clear, even to Ken Wheeler himself, what form the looming societal collapse will take. Apparently, the powers that be are using some form of cascading infrastructure failure to hide the true goal of their cunning plan.
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.”
Bug-Out Bag Reflects His Penchant for Gadget Hoarding
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 also contains multiple firearms and related ammunition, which seems to explain the wildly exorbitant budget. This outfit might make sense for army rangers parachuting behind enemy lines, but it’s not what emergency management experts mean by a go-bag.
Kentucky Ken’s inclusion of firearms tends to confirm Genzlinger’s impressions of trigger-happy survivalists. The YouTuber behind Theoria Apophasis displays enormous satisfaction describing himself opening fire to defend his property against the hoards responsible for society’s inevitable breakdown.
Couldn’t Carry His Massive Pack for More than 10 Metres
In the type of run-of-the-mill emergency for which a sensible household might keep a go-bag, Ken Wheeler’s massive duffle would be virtually worthless. His demonstration video shows that he couldn’t carry his enormous pack 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 remote cabin in full.
In addition to his hardware gadgets, the Theoria Apophasis host maintains a hoard of non-perishable food items. He claims to have enough food stocks in place to last him for at least eighteen months.
Claims to Have Enough Food Stocks for Eighteen Months
Ken Wheeler never misses a chance to endorse a prepper product called Mountain House Meals. He denies any affiliation with the company, so one wonders why he endorses their specific brand with such zeal.
The Angry Photographer also encourages his viewers to amass huge quantities of honey, claiming it never goes bad. The truth is that the best before date for raw honey is about two years, and it’s even less for processed honey.
His Long-Term Survival Food List & Accessory Items publication is a fountain of similar disinformation. For example, he encourages readers to hoard apple cider vinegar for its medicinal properties. It has none.
Encourages Readers to Hoard Alcohol, Especially Vodka
Also, while insisting he’s a teetotaler, the creator of Theoria Apophasis’s food list encourages readers to hoard alcohol, especially vodka. In his view, vodka will become the new currency during the coming apocalypse.
Alcohol is a luxury, not a necessity, and it’s the first thing people forego during a societal collapse. Ken Wheeler seems to have swallowed urban legends during his brief stay in 1990s Russia about the post-apocalyptic value of booze.
The Angry Photographer 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. There’s no reason to think it ever will.
Does He Believe Propaganda or Want to Attract Viewers?
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. It could even be dangerous if the wrong people took his survivalist, vigilante message to heart.