Wednesday, April 15, 2015

raiders


RAIDERS

Way before we were our own country, raiding was a way of conflict.  The indigenous tribes didn’t like us taking their land ( and, no Virginia, this was no Santa Claus land where the Indians cared nothing for property rights and were all butt hurt when they shared it with us and then we wouldn’t let them return to hunt because we were farmers.  I think that load of crap was started to discredit Indians, implying they were just stupid humps, and hence furthering the White Mans Burden Myth.  All tribes are territorial, everywhere and every when, for survival ) so they raided our settlements and we didn’t care for getting massacred so we raided back on their settlements.  It got to be quite the mess rather quickly.  And although at heart the Revolution was about keeping all the colonies wealth for the local politicians ( and make no mistake, Washington was a rich twat politician that had no remorse in screwing over his troops and everyone else-which is why he is the Father Of His Country, an upstanding example to businessmen ), it was marginally about our unwillingness to pay more taxes to pay back the home country for helping us pacify the indigs ( which wasn‘t even that much, comparatively speaking ).  Which set another precedence in business-socialize the cost and privatize the profits.  Nothing new under the sun.  Same old hump the poor ( the Scots-Irish settlers encouraged to pacify the Indians in the frontier were later rewarded by being screwed ).  Glen and Rush being the two biggest mouthpieces today for the poor being sub-human.

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So, anyway, the Indians raided because it was militarily sound tactics and we did the same mainly because it was the cheapest way to win.  No standing armies to pay for ( no need for one until the central bank needed to colonize the globe-you can be proud of being a warrior, or for your accomplishments personally, but I wouldn’t be bragging about “serving your country” when you are in fact the spear tip for the bankers.  We don’t spread democracy, we enforce trade rules to our advantage.  Semantics matter ) so the land was nearly free.  But do raiders get any respect anymore, even if that is how the British Crown got most of the land we took from them?  No.  No respect at all.  Except perhaps for naming a football team on the West coast, and I think those are pirates anyway.  Who gets the respect?  The Kings Men, the standing army.  Even the National Guard has been stripped of its militia status ( the one they kept as an argument for gun control, mainly ) and is just the Reserve in all but name.  All those punk ass gun porn jerking off suburban survivalists out there just love the standing army, their hero’s ( remember, there is a difference between a warrior and a soldier and, I am NOT disparaging the individuals, merely the organization and how it is used ).  How few of them actually served?  They are worshipping a false idol.  The government is wearing pretty uniforms and waving shiny flags, but they too started out as raiders.  All land is stolen from a previous owner.  All governments formed when the previous one is overthrown by force.  The difference with raiders is that they never put on a parade to hide how they get what they want.  They wear their greed and willingness to employ force without excuse proudly. 

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Come the Apocalypse, there are going to be a lot of areas, mainly in the West, which is either abandoned as untenable or used as a retreat from pursuing forces from the agricultural centers that raiders attacked.  Desert is a great moat around a refuge.  And the West is mostly desert.  The Mormons, a great irrigator group, was able to reclaim the edges of the desert, but nobody can do anything about the interior.  The current effort to farm the desert relies on hundreds of aquifers being pumped and thousands of dams ( which will still be standing dry and silted up, for a very long time.  It is the silt that kills our dams long before drought does.  The first explorer/engineer was well aware of this and his advice was buried under layers of civil servant job security concerns ).  It was a monument to an ocean of crude oil having to go into something useful.  And little else of lasting accomplishment.  The West has so few agricultural areas naturally maintained that very soon the Redoubt’ers will find themselves either dead or forming into raiding parties. 

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Now, here is the thing.  Raiders don’t have to be cartoonish caricatures of rabid biker gangs or escaped prisoners.  Raiders are as much part of nature as carrion animals and serve a purpose.  Besides the nomadic herding functions that actually utilize the wastelands, raiders can also police the non-agricultural lands rather effectively.  As cream always rises to the top, so the most militarily effective gang consolidates power ( same in agricultural civilization ).  Nobody likes competition and fellow gangs are a threat to monopoly and riches.  In their own self interests, gangs remove fellow gangs.  In the end, a dominant group inhabits the wastes and actually reduces the incidences of violence to outsiders.  Business is best served with a minimum of violence.  A bribe is paid, and hence protection is assured.  Yes, granted, you are buying protection against the protector himself.  But more importantly, you are paying a tax that minimized violence in that location.  You are paying the army that uses some force to eliminate a lot of force.  Just as the dominant nation in trade polices the oceans, taking a bit of a bribe to ensure all can then trade ( and trade is absolutely critical for everyone ), raiders or nomads or bandit tribes police trade outside of farm settlements.  The “tax” they demand, a low level of theft, is lower than it would be for a standing army to patrol that land.  It functions well economically. 

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16 comments:

  1. What are your thoughts on some crazy redneck from the dirty south settling inside the everglades (Since decreased spending from a failing gov would = decreased offices) There are quite a few different indigenous people who did so maybe not to the point of flourishing, but at least staying alive until the union decided they didn't want them even in the interior of some seemingly uninhabitable environment. So, yeah swamp settlements thoughts? Kind of hidden away, slight chance of edible plants, appears to others to be like previously said uninhabitable.

    ~SumDude

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    1. I considererd, at one time long ago, both the Cali delta out of Sacramento, and the St. John's river in Florida. Very good mobile, undetected, food rich environments. But I REALLY hate snakes. And other swamp negatives. But a very good option for others.

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    2. Yum, yum...sssnakes is good eating.
      Yup, the St. Johns has a plethora of edibles both vegetable and animal.
      Best of all, 99% of the population are scared shirtless to go out there.
      Hardest part in the glades would be finding a good source of fresh water. The northern rim being the best bet.

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    3. I recall seeing a special one time that mentioned that some escaped slaves had headed out to the everglades, and formed their own communities. I also recall that they had planted some citrus groves. I think that the area has potential. As spud has mentioned, good water would be the challenge, so be prepared to have a way to process it. And not saying that you should rely on one, but having an Airboat would be helpful up until the collapse. Otherwise, a good post collapse boat would be a John boat (Flat bottomed boat) with oars.

      Personally, between the malaria, the Alligators, and those snakes of the huge variety (the ones that wrap around you, and crush you to death) that would be a deal breaker for me. But if none of that bothers you, it's probably a great place to consider.

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    4. Solar distillation would be a good backup in the 'glades for water supply. Wouldn't want to rely on it directly (shiny straight line stuff will be too easily seen and broken). Plenty of brackish water to distill along with plenty of sun. Rain fall collection might also work but with the pest population would need lots of screens and maintenance.

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    5. I wonder if they still sell those floating balls that distill?

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  2. Interesting article today. Made my noggin' start thinking out different scenarios.

    Idaho Homesteader

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  3. Raiders vs IRS.
    The difference is in the acceptance of the tools used. If you resist the IRS enough, long enough, you WILL get shot. Same with raiders. Which is why living poor and caching is your best way to deal with both. Have a little something put by conveniently at hand to make them sufficiently happy with their robbery and then give only a token objection when they come to take it - and don't forget to ask for a receipt!. Then once you are safely unobserved dig up just enough of one of your caches to get by for a little while.

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    1. Better to flee to hills, leaving sacrificial gift. Don't stay and face their wraith if insufficient

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    2. True, it is best to run/hide from them if they are not trying to pretend some legitimacy. But most will pretend to be legitimate in some way. So set out your tribute/bribe/tax etc. where it is convenient for them to fetch make sure your primary domicile seems excessively squalid to them (so they don't try to take it) while you hide out distance away- of course if you are hiding yourself they might wonder what else you have to hide and if you run they might wonder what you are running off with. Best to meet them part way drop of the tribute, back up, and when they take the tribute and try to shake you down for more have only a little more of a bribe to get them to leave you alone.

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  4. Plenty of peasants on the Indian subcontinent and in many parts of Africa seem to be able to eck out a exsistance most of the time from what appears to be desert. Looks like they have been doing so for hundreds of years. Might surprise you were people are found living after the world has finished its shack down.

    Your sometimes loyal aussie minion

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    1. I'm amazed at some places folks live. Polar area, for one

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    2. The cold cuts way down on the numbers of all sorts of pests up here. I read once that there was a @200 degree temp difference across this state from one extreme of the year to the other extreme of the year (different parts of the state, but I bet you wont see that in 'bama). The Polar areas could be habitable with enough foresight and planning (5 months of sun to harvest to endure 7 months of frigid cold). And they have little to protect from the more southern peoples.

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    3. Yer the fact that people live in some really inhospitable places just goes to show the pressures on people not to just live in the better areas. I always recon grow your own food just about any were is possible pshtf IF you could be left unmolested. That definatly aint going to happen so that's why I like your idear of hideing out in country with a low pop density with a couple of ton of wheat. Your a orical mr Dakin, most of the world cant see it though.

      Aussie

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    4. Thanks-it is nice when others see the wonder hidden by the glow from my hair

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    5. Grey-given the choice of the Amazon or Greenland, I'd pick the cold.

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