By 1LT Chris Post
Famed 19th century Scottish writer and historian Thomas Carlyle once said:
“Democracy is cumbersome, slow and inefficient, but in due time the voice of the people will be heard and their latent wisdom will prevail.”
Carlyle rightly observed that democracy is a highly effective form of government under most normal circumstances, but what about when managing small group dynamics in a zombie outbreak?
In a democracy, everyone gets a vote and is given the opportunity to explain his/her position. Furthermore, in a healthy democracy mistakes are allowed. If a plan doesn’t work, you can slowly learn from the failure and simply vote to go in a different direction.
But when the dead rise to eat the living, time will likely be a luxury you simply don’t have, and even a single innocent mistake could spell death for you and your entire group.
Extreme emergency situations of all types demand a leader who can quickly and confidently make decisions without being questioned. Second-guessing and arguing over several proposed plans will only serve to reduce your chances of survival.
If your group feels the need to maintain some semblance of democracy, your best bet is to vote for your leader. Decide ahead of time how long their leadership lasts and then stick to it.
Once the leader is chosen, let them do their job and fall in line like a dedicated foot soldier. The key to group survival in a disaster situation is for everyone to contribute–even if they don’t have a direct say in how things are done.
The last thing you can afford in a zombie world is to make yourself, “cumbersome, slow and inefficient.” Instead, remember the immortal words or Rick Grimes:
“This is not a democracy anymore.”