RCM: Resilient Community Manual

WW2 Cossack


The more I read the news, the more worried I get – and the more I think I need to start exploring some of the themes I mentioned in my recent post, Systema and the Zombie Apocalypse.

How can communities remain viable, vital, and strong when confronted by radical social and economic upheaval? What skills and resources are needed? How can they be organised, and what qualities are needed to achieve this?

The questions to be addressed are:

  • Are you in a community? If not, how do you become a member of one in good time?
  • Is your community able to defend itself against predation? If not, can it develop this ability? If not, can it hire someone to do the job? If so, who, on what terms, and how are they to be controlled?
  • Does your community have strong, resilient, internal structures? If not, how can these be built, in a relatively short time?
  •  Is your community economically secure, to at least a subsistence level? If not, how can this be achieved?

I suspect, as I have for the last few years, that there is a lot to be learned from the traditional Cossack communities, and from the contemporary neo-Cossack movement.

As a result, I’ll be blogging more along these lines for the near future, at least. One of the models I’ll be focussing on is the “Elements of Culture“, since it seems to me that this is one of the more neglected aspects of the Transition/resilience conversation. Dmitry Orlov has done some excellent work on this, but a) I don’t agree with all of his model and b) I want to explore the ‘how’ in rather more detail (here I admit I haven’t read his book on the topic yet).


Image credits: Reenacter dressed as WW2 Russian Cossack
The World at War at Fort Nelson April 2006
by user Will on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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