Over at The Corner, Jonah Goldberg is displaying his usual willingness to go where his colleagues won't - in this case, discussing the lurking zombie peril.
The Posse of course has been way out in front of this issue and our post on shooting zombies still gets new comments now and again.
I've read the Zombie Survival Guide, and to be honest, it sucks. The first few pages are funny and well-written, but most of the advice is pretty lousy.
He's wrong about how AR-15s work, his concept of not using machineguns or grenades defies any sort of logic, and for the life of me I can't understand how, if the shambling undead are too stupid to put up a ladder or ramp, they are going to know enough to climb an anchor chain just 'cause it's there.
Let's face it, zombies are a pretty easy peril to overcome. One thing we are very good at killing is people. I stand by my assertion that using a .22 to plink away at this things from the rooftop is probably the most efficient and entertaining method to take them down, but there are alternatives.
Zombies are made of flesh and bone - they are not merely animate skeletons ala Army of Darkness or some such. That means if you shred muscle and bone, they aren't going to work as well. If the spine is severed, the legs won't work. Of course, we all know that the zombie will still come after you, but paraplegic zombies aren't nearly as scary.
This is particularly the case if they are the hyperfast zombies of 28 Days Later. Tearing their legs off with Claymore mines or the equivalent would go a long way to restoring them to inanimate condition. Besides, those freaks aren't necessarily zombies, so it should be possible to simply ventilate them like a normal human.
In any event, Goldberg is right on track when he ridicules the "superior planning ability" of gamers. I've been gaming since elementary school and almost without exception, most post-apocalyptic planning from these folks boils down to looting the local Wal-Mart, which is of course, a stupid idea.
Hurricane Katrina was a full dress rehearsal of what a zombie outbreak would look like. While much of the press coverage hyped the helplessness and anarchy, a few reporters found that the more intrepid residents found ways to survive - by forming tribes:
“Some people became animals,” Vasilioas Tryphonas said Sunday morning as he sipped a hot beer in Johnny White’s Sports Bar on Bourbon Street. “We became more civilized.”
Exactly. When barbarians are at the gate and civilization wavers, the brave ones who will save it are the ones who stand fast, not those who head for the hills until things blow over.