Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E3 Tell It To The Frogs And The Failure Of Advocacy
We enter Vatos following two groups. Rick is leading a group to recover Merle and the base camp is dealing with Jim's psychotic break. Jim is freaking out and digging graves at the top of a hill. I had a difficult time with this episode. Bear with me, I get to zombies by the end.
Eventually forming into a single contingency the march started. Commies were banging on bucket drums. Anarchist walked with donuts rigged on handmade fishing poles hoping to catch a hungry police officer. Overhead Chicago police helicopters dotted a line along the march route. Police lined intersections blocking traffic. Some cops followed on bikes from the sidewalks eyeing protesters. When the contingency arrived at McCormick Center they ran through their agenda. Veterans throwing tossed medals and gave speeches.
When the event ended the main Occupy Chicago contingency left and people from out of state stayed behind. The news covered a scene with cops lined up 4 pigs deep and slowly pushing the protesters back inch by inch. When front line police showed signs of stress, commanders behind the lines would pull them back to recuperate. Occupy medics pulled injured protesters to the sidewalks and conducted first aid. Protesters used their phones to take photos and videos but couldn't upload them to the web because the city of Chicago was using cell phone jammers. As I was talking to the room, I drew up the battle lines reminiscent of a football strategy. X and O's and plenty of errors.
So what does this have to do with The Walking Dead? One of the ongoing struggles in The Walking Dead is the dialectic between what Mao Zedong called the War of Position and the War of Maneuver. Do we stay or do we go? Should we be mobile, or should we set up shop and call this prison or farm a home? Like the Survivors in The Walking Dead the Post-Arab spring organizations are caught in the same problem. Unlike Tahrir Square in Egypt the steps street outside of the McCormick center does not hold any relevant political significance. What was the point in the protesters' death grip on that strip of street, when they could have moved the crowd to another location that has more significance? What was the point of the survivors holding a camping spot outside an Atlanta, Georgia and its giant pile of zombies?
How could survivors could disrupt the zombies? I mean zombies (like cops in large groups) aren't the most intelligent. What do you think is the best way to disrupt the zombies?
Check out the next post in the series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S1E5 Wildfire And Ricktocracy