Do we really need a III Emperor? Are there folks in the III world that act like they want to be your leader?
We travel around a lot. We run into a lot of folks who are self described III percenters, as well as a lot of folks who really are III percenters, but have no idea what a III percenter is!
As we develop the conversation, the amazing thing is that the vast majority of them have no idea who Mike Vanderboegh or Sam Kerodin are! We in the blog world probably consider that heresy! We’re all quick to assign folks to various camps, belief systems, or so-called leaders. Big mistake.
Folks tend to gravitate to the first thing they find that aligns with what they believe in. I know when I started looking around the web, I was amazed to find the large number of sites out there. Over time, you start “hanging out” with the sites that talk about things you find interesting.
There is no harm in hanging out with kindred spirits, but the risk comes in relying on a single source of information. At best, that just means you aren’t getting the other side of the news. At worst, it means you are being lead down a path that the author/editor wants you to follow.
People can despise Kerodin without embracing Vanderboegh, and vice versa!
People can hate them both and still be IIIs!
People can be our allies without knowing what a III is.
Questioning either one of them doesn’t mean that you are embracing and supporting the other. No man is perfect and to expect not to be questioned or called on the carpet for something you said or did is disingenuous.
The better question would be why you would want to follow one specific web page anyway. We understand that it is good for morale to realize that there are lots of folks in our country that believe like we do. But, other than emailing them or commenting on their blogs, how do we possibly expect them to come to our area, help us grow crops, harvest animals, guard our perimeter, heal our wounds, etc?
Heck, how skeptical would you be if someone or a group of someones you’d never met or only met casually at a Patcon or get together, actually showed up in your area with an offer to help?
There are lots of web pages out there with information that is applicable to the III community. Some of them mention the III community in their blogs and others are merely subject matter experts on things that are valuable to the III community.
You don’t have to be a Mormon to read and embrace their concepts of self reliance and prepping. Some of the best field medicine web pages are by folks who wouldn’t know a III from a IV! Do you have to be a III to understand repairing vehicles or guns, or how to grow crops?
I’ve worked with groups that we’d all call “preppers”. Some of the groups are pacifists and wouldn’t shoot a gun to save their lives. Some people’s faith makes them ambivalent on the use of weapons. Some are very militant and plan to go into harm’s way at the first sign of real trouble. And some are a combination of the above.
Are they all IIIs? I would suggest yes. Washington had all sorts of logisticians and camp followers in support of his Army. Were they not part of the III percent that we claim to be emulating?
We need folks from the entire spectrum if we expect to survive the projected troubles. I don’t need folks to love my cause, I just need them to not hate my cause.
While it’s still “peace time” we need to be gathering knowledge and developing relationships with local folks with knowledge. The smartest guy in the world with knowledge that you need is worthless to you if they are clear across the country.
Anyone in the III community that is trying to convince you otherwise has a different goal in mind.