As we approach July 4th, even Zombie preppers need to take a few minutes to think about America. It's not enough to run from zombies and survive on a day-to-day basis. You have to survive. But, to succeed, you have to try to band together with the living and re-establish civilization. In my case, it's American or Western culture and civilization.
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Today's academics have trouble with the concept and definition of "civilization" because they find it filled with value judgments about the superiority of progress versus other cultures that might be less developed in the ways of technology and warfare. It's important to remember that they can only have such debates because our society has a surplus of food.
After the Zombie apocalypse, it is highly unlikely that academia will survive. Tweed and pipe smoke offer very limited protection against the walking dead. Those of us who survive will likely value all aspects of western society as we knew it.
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We are going to want civilization that offers surplus food, the rule of law, the protection of a warrior class, and labor that is free to specialize in medicine, food, technology, government, and all the conveniences of a modern society.
The big question: how do you re-establish civilization during a zombie apocalypse?