And that my friends is another huge quandry of the survivalist movement worldwide.Setting up the survivalist community.Sure ,it would be lovely to have a Rawles/countless Hollywood movie scenarios of a community,with a complete compliment of needed personel,trained soilders and exellent defensive personel and a plan to take on all comers and things.
People who I have spoken to in the years over in the US,say they know plenty of fammlies that have set up to survive but none really of any communities.Lets face it we as survivalists are a pretty independant bunch of people on our own .We chafe in many ways with what society imposes on us in laws and "for our own good" type of regulations.
How are we likely to get along then with a "leadership of individuals"??
Just for an example..We are having a job/given up on the idea of designing a survival knife!!What would it be like if we had to decide here on boards to defend a village??
How do you choose a leader of such a community?The person who has put the most money into it,the most skilled military/security guy?
What happens if either of those crack under leadership pressure?Or wont pull their weight or set up their own Preatorian gaurd to enforce their will on the rest of you??
The problem of this is there is no enforcement of one persons individual will to command.If you vote them in democratically,what is there to enforce the mandate?If it is a dictatorship,what is there to keep the people from doing a midnight flit??
Personally,in the late 90s I was involved in setting up a UK/Irish survivalist network.[ALAS BABYLON!!! If that means somthing specific to anyone reading this,PM me.
] We had a good selection of skills and people and were in contact by email,and private group chat and had a good inital meet in the UK to move further with plans to store each others gear that if somthing happened we could pitch up at an alt address and have kit pre cached ready to go.We were well expecting Y2k,and by midnight Dec 31st 1999 were well stocked and ready.Nothing happened,and Sept11th 2001 was a very tense night too,expecting some sort of kickoff as well.Guy who was the driving force behind it was an Uk ex military and knew his stuff.It fell apart by the second meeting as one bloke who wanted to be ruler,because he put"the most money into this ".
And that was that as they say.
So if anyone can figure out this intruiging group dynamics complex problem,let me and the worldwide survival community know please!
Broaching the subject..I've found somtimes if you are in a social group setting,and have just watched some sort of disaster movie[Good ol Lads night in with beer and pizza,and you can convince them to watch a film rather than a bunch of people kicking a lump of leather around a field
Invaribly somone will say somthing about the film[Taking Mad Max 2 Road warrior for example]About the V8 interceptor car,and how cool it would be to drive it in that situation.Throw one back like how did you think he kept it supplied in petrol before things got so bad and what was the point in still running highway patrols in the wasteland??
IOW get people talking about it in a fictious situation.This is one reason,and whoever thought of it was a genius to use the Zombie survival idea to get people thinking about prepping!!! the Z surviv concept is now global from Loop head,Ireland to Fairbanks Alaska.You can discuss anything about survivalism[apart from Ireland
]That would put anyones heart aghast if they were in Law enforcement or three letter agency and "survivalists" were talking about it.But because you are killing fictious creatures of the undead it is not taken seriously.
It has even got very serious organisations involved on a humourous level as well.Places like the centre for disease control in Atlanta ,USA.Have issued guidelines in what to do in a Zombie attack..Even the Ohio National Gaurd did a drill of a chemical spill train crash,in which the first responders are transformed into Zombies,as it was around Halloween,and at that time The Pentagon for the Hell of it "war gamed" a Zombie outbreak .
Now,if organisations like this can use this to their advantage in a humourus situation,we should be able to do this as well?
The "I'm stocked up and have a bunker with everything and a minigun" of talking WILL get you raised eyebrows,a lot of derisory comments,and no doubt IF it happens a slew of unwanted visitors wanting to get into your bunker ,supplies or whatever as they wernt arsed doing anything to prep themselves.Or you might be precived as a danger and the law enforcement types clean you out!!And they wont think twice of using violence to get and take it either.
[Shelter skelter syndrome]
Your survival plans should be yours and your closest fammlies busisness ONLY!! Not a bunch of people you met on the internet,or your best mates down in the pub..
Anyone outside that I'd only let in if I had personally seen that they have the same mindset,have made preperations to survive and I've seen it,as they have seen mine.[But not ALL of it of course
],and are implicity trustworthy with your life.
Charity will truely begin at home post TSHTF.