Low clouds this morning, so on the mountain top there's no visibility. We have had a steady drizzle of cold rain since yesterday afternoon. It's supposed to get heavier as the day goes on, with another winter storm passing through this evening. Then snow on Tuesday night. I can tell this is low clouds, and not fog, because there's a forest service web cam on a mountain top near here that has a 360 degree view of the mountains, including the one I live on. By looking at that camera field, I can see that below a certain level it's clear.
Other than a supply run to North Carolina, we haven't gone anywhere or done anything note worthy. Christmas was quiet. Since we are not big on "New Years" the holidays are over. Two month, maybe two and a half months, of winter left. The coldest months.
I read One Second After again this weekend. I think this is the fifth time I read the book. It has a number of interesting facets, not least of which is that it takes place about two hours north of where I am located, near Ashville, N.C.
When this book came out, it attracted a lot of attention because it was one of the first to deal with the effects of an Electromagnetic pulse attack. Although the science is sound, a lot of people really disliked the novel and you could be sure just mentioning it would draw scathing attacks, though the critics weren't very specific. They just didn't like the book.
I think the main reason is that it deals, in detail, with questions about how society would break down in the aftermath of an EMP attack. Most of the conclusions it drew were not very pleasant for the self sufficient audience.
Among the questions it addressed were these:
- In the event of a collapse, is local government justified in confiscating private property, including food supplies, weapons, tools, equipment, clothing, and other essentials.
- Does local government have the right to conscript people for forced labor.
- Does local government have the right to prevent non-residents from entering their domain, be it county, city, town, etc.
- What do you do with criminals when you have no facilities for confining them.
- Can local government make and enforce laws that impact on how individuals live, such as "you can't keep your dogs because we want to eat them."
- Are "Survivalists" a legimate source of resources through the confiscation of their property and preparations.
The book essentially answers these questions affirmatively, not something that is calculated to please the kind of people who would have originally bought the book.
My personal thoughts on those issues are not generally in concurrence with the author. Private property means just that. If it's mine, if I paid for it with money I earned, then it stays mine. If some people choose to buy new cars and take cruises, that's their choice. If I choose to spend my money on improving my situation up here on this mountain, that's my choice. I'm not responsible for covering the lack of foresight and profligacy of others. I might, under some circumstances, help people in distress but it wouldn't be because a bunch of local politicians set themselves up as tin pot dictators during a void in governmental structure.
If I work, it's going to be on my place, or on some project from which I derive some personal benefit. You can bet that if something happened up here along the story line of the book, the corvee would be used to have people slaving away improving the lot of our own little power structure in this county. They take care of themselves first now, and they would certainly be more inclined to do so in the absence of any legal restraints.
As for trying to keep "outsiders" from coming into the county and exhausting on hand resources, that has been done before, most notably during the Great Influenza of 1918. I might be inclined to support that.
What to do with the criminals incarcerated in the county, I know what would be practical. Maintaining large numbers of "bocas inutil" , consuming valuable resources, in times like those would not be practical. Releasing a swarm of criminals on the local populace would not be practical. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I don't remember who said that but I concur with their logic.
I'm not inclined to change my life style in order to comply with laws predicated to force me to do so.
Looking at me as a cornucopia of "good things" and planning on harvesting those resources would be an error in judgment. I don't give a whole lot of thought to the public weal, especially concerning sheeple, and I'm not inclined to change that point of view.
Even though I don't agree with the scenario as it plays out in the book, it's a good read. Sometimes you have to accept that things may not go according to your plan, and look at alternative situations.