Lessons from Genghis Khan and Subedei: Tech-Nomadism, Minimalism and The New Modern Man
Relampago Furioso’s blog focuses on improving men’s lives in a practical way. The minimalist lifestyle is one of the most interesting concepts explored here – reducing living expenses to a bare minimum opens up enormous opportunities for men dissatisfied with Anglo-American life. From a recreational standpoint, the money saved by minimalist living can fund stimulating jaunts to man-friendly societies. And with persistence the enlightened man can ultimately relocate for good, as so many of us wish to do. There to taste soft, laughing lips and loving smiles on golden foreign shores…
While there are some interesting minimalist books and videos available, it must be said that far more inspiring models of applied minimalism can be found in the pages of history. For example, Genghis Khan conquered the largest land empire ever known. His army achieved this using extreme minimalism augmented by mobility and firepower. Each Mongol warrior was a one man army: he carried sixty arrows, a sword, his bow and even a needle and thread. He could live off mare’s milk and horse blood if no food was available, obviating the need for a costly supply train. And anything else he required could be acquired on the march by raid and rapine. Genghis Khan himself despised the hoarding of wealth or possessions, finding pleasure in only sex and conquest: one in every two hundred men alive today is his descendant, an astonishing genetic achievement.
The legendary General Subedei, one of Genghis Khan’s Four Dogs of War, was the ultimate embodiment of nomadic minimalism. His final campaign against Europe in 1241 involved marching thousands of miles before outwitting and destroying Europe’s finest warriors in a brilliant sequence of battles using rockets, creeping barrages and smoke screens – none of which the West had seen before. Subedei had been commanding troops since his teens and most of his officers had campaigned with him in many lands. The renowned Hungarian cavalry were crushed at Mohi on the Sajo River after decisive European defeats at Legnica and Transylvania. Only the death of the Great Khan Ogedei prevented the total subjugation of Europe at Subedei’s hands. Like his master Genghis Khan, the great general was buried in an unmarked grave now lost to history. For what mattered to these men was a glorious life, not raising futile monuments over rotting bones. Although derided as unlettered and barbaric, the Mongols had a tragic self-awareness far beyond that of their ‘sophisticated’ neighbours; for ultimately, everything is pointless in the face of eternity.
Yes, the modern world is corrupt and insipid; but if he chooses, a man can walk in the footsteps of ancient heroes. And since the rise of the Internet, nomadic minimalism has become a perfect lifestyle for the enlightened man. Today, all anyone needs for survival is a phone/tablet/laptop linked to the Internet, an online bank account, a place to crash (any motel will do) and a motor vehicle. Whores and food can be ordered as necessity requires. Thus equipped, the modern tech-nomad has all the far-ranging mobility of his Mongol forebears. Liberated from place and circumstance, he spits on the sheeple and their sedentary lifestyle as the Mongols despised their ‘civilized’ neighbours. And having no ties or responsibilities makes him impossible to coerce or corral, as modern authorities are finding to their cost. The instantaneous nature of the Internet allows him to move money, search out opportunities and communicate with the flick of a finger. He is the supreme minimalist, completely impervious to marketing, advertising and other consumerist brainwashing.
No wonder the Matrix trembles before us.
However, the Mongols offer lessons beyond radical minimalism. Their empire incorporated nations from the eastern Mediterranean to the Pacific, yet ruled them all effectively. This short-lived ‘Pax Mongolica’ linked east and west for the first time ever; some even call it the world’s first global civilization. And it was largely achieved by developing a flexible, internationalist outlook. Learning to think beyond one’s birth country and indeed, the Anglosphere itself, is vitally important for the Enlightened Man. The Anglo-American Matrix insinuates that nothing of note exists beyond its confines – or worse, that only Anglosphere countries have legal protections for their citizens (when the US locks up a huge percentage of its male population). Foreign travel quickly breaks down these lame assumptions; and bilingualism allows one to think outside the Matrix and build a lifestyle beyond it.
Beyond that, clear similarities between Thirteenth Century Asia and the contemporary Anglosphere make the Mongol revolution a valid lifestyle model for enlightened men. Both regions were/are ruled by weary, discredited elites ripe for overthrow. Both cultures were/are brittle, defined by alienated citizens, exalted women and low trust relationships. Both regions were/are living on past glories, folk memories of a lost golden age which can never return. These weaknesses make the contemporary Anglosphere ideal for exploitation using nomadism, minimalism and other Mongol methods. Like the vast Khwaresmian Empire shattered by Genghis Khan and Subedei, it is a lumbering giant easy to outwit.
Be about it.
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