So the mushroom clouds go up and the world changes overnight. Maybe a horrific strain of lethal virus spreads and the world changes in a few weeks. Maybe this, maybe that, but the repercussions are the same – TEOTWAWKI – every person starving, running around like mad men, women and children, paranoid, clueless and desperate.
There are survivors, of course. There are always survivors, and they will fall into two groups of people: the prepared and the lucky. The post apocalyptic world will usher in a new society – a communist society.
Now, before we continue, lets address the fact that by “communism” I could mean one of two things: 1) Soviet-style oppression of the people, supreme government control, controlled media, etc.; or 2) commune living, duuuude. Yeah man, pass the herb! Let’s all like, plant some . . . plants and stuff, maaaaan.
Frankly, I think both styles of communism could follow after Doomsday. The first style could follow if the dominoes fell the right way, and could be just what is needed in the initial aftermath if things are really bad. If people are panicking every which way, and a leader emerges that says, “This is what we need to do, and this is how we need to do it . . . SO DO IT!” this may be exactly what the others are looking for. Some people can’t think rationally unders stressful situations, and if someone emerges that presents solutions and puts food on their plates, whether it’s through organized agriculture or pillaging, people will follow. This type of communism is initiated and sustained by force and fear.
The problem with any such arrangement is that while it may be what’s needed in the beginning, such power can often go to the leader’s head. Some people LIKE to control the masses, but in an ideal situation where such an arrangement is needed in the intial phase of the post-apocalyptic world, a REAL leader would then step down and let the people lead.
The second type of communism is more interesting to me . . . duuuude. People pulling together, because they realize their odds of survival are much better if they work together, protect each other, and support each other. Most of you reading this will be commies (in this sense) after the end of the world as we know it (assuming you survive the initial die-off). How does that make you feel – you commie! lol – 😉
But alas, commune living could be really cool, I mean just read this article entitled “Lost middle-class tribe’s ‘secret’ eco-village.” Seriously, it’s VERY cool. You see, these hippy folks have been living in dirt, log and sod homes virtually unknown to the rest of Wales for the past 5 years. Then they were spotted in an aerial photograph. These people were SO set up for SHTF that it isn’t even funny. Simple living, wood heat, cozy sod homes, and a little solar power. What more do you need WTSHTF? The article has some really cool pics, and details their legal battles as “the man” tried to push housing codes on the people . . . maaaaan.
I would TOTALLY be down with a little remote land in Northern Maine where I could set up such a “secret” little abode where I could disappear from society should that be needed. So . . . who’s wit’ me!? . . . . I said, WHO is wit’ me!? Group land purchase anyone?
– Ranger Man
BTW: Gotta thank Geology Joe for sending an endless supply of links.
And, last but not least, I’m an occasional collector of original World War I and World War II posters. If anyone ever finds an original version of this World War II Russian poster, please let me know.
It’s unique and interesting. It translates to “Religion is Poison”. Now, don’t send me any “you’re an atheist pig” e-mails. I like it for its historical value. Notice how the old, evil nun points to the falling apart church while the glorious, elaborate communist government beckons on the other side.
Religion was viewed as a threat to the Soviet era communist government. Don’t believe in God, believe in the State. The government is your salvation.
Yeah – right.
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