The Earth is capable of providing resources for a limited number of people. Period. Once the population exceeds the resources, we're in deep doo-doo. And with nearly 7 billion folks running around this granite planet, each one using up way more than they ever put back, that time is close at hand. Everyone, subconsciously, knows that, but most refuse to acknowledge it. And that is why, in America, only one person in 28 even has a 3 day supply of emergency stores on hand. And only 1 person in 340 have a year's supply for each member of their family.
And if history teaches us anything, it teaches two things:
1) Disaster will strike, usually without much warning and
2) When it does, it often lasts for 1-7 years
The funny thing is, the far-left lunatics at Media Matters and Huffington Post find Mr. Beck's warning to be "radical and absurd." - you can hear the audio from his show here - judge for yourself if he sounds more like a nutcase or a prophet...
If you do not have at least a one year supply of food, water access and other resources on hand for each member of your family, your family will likely be victims of the next big disaster - like the Dust Bowl of the '30's, or the Spanish Flu of 1917-18 - and those were still just "minor" disasters compared to some that came before - and those yet to come.
And don't count on your water supply - in a severe drought, it will not be there. And if power is disrupted long-term, an electric pump will not pump water. Plan accordingly. And learn things - how to filter water, canning veggies and meat, fishing, hunting - you know, basic survival stuff. Not that you will need it so much as it will give you greater peace of mind in the here and now.
Ask yourself - if a huge solar flare were to knock our all power and all communications for 6 months to a year - how would YOU fare? Or if another pandemic like the Spanish Flu of 1917 that killed up to 60 million people were to inflict itself upon us, what would you do? Could you protect your loved ones? With modern travel, a deadly virus can travel to every remote corner of the planet in less than 3 days. It takes at least 6 months to produce a vaccine.
Certainly, there are always those who will laugh when Noah builds his ark. As for me, I would rather be the one left standing AFTER the proverbial manure hits the proverbial fan.