In the hit AMC series, The Walking Dead,, measurably worse than the Supreme nihilist, Negan and his “Saviors” were the “Wolves,” whose appearance in the show preceded the debut the baseball bat wielding Negan.
The Wolves are on the streets today
While many of my correspondents are repelled by The Walking Dead, I’ve seen the series, particularly Season 7, as a concrete lesson in contemporary politics. Drawing the parallels between Negan and Antifa is eminently instructive. Negan is a concrete that can communicate the significance of the anti-reason goals of our real-life nemeses. The Alt-Left. And Antifa.
In The Four Feathers, as General Burroughs explains the position of his troops, the Russians, and himself he uses concretes to illustrate what happened in the Crimean War: a glass of sherry, walnuts, and a pineapple.
But the “Wolves” in The Walking Dead were, in contrast to Negan, the true nihilists. Negan commanded obedience from his victims, half of what they owned, and some sort of material value, or else he would bash his victims to death with his bat or sic his tribe of “Saviors” of them.
The Wolves, on the other hand, killed, quite frankly and in their own words and actions, for the sake of killing. Their motivation was not loot, or the slavery of their victims, but death. They wanted nothing for themselves. Their “signature” was to carve a “W” on their foreheads and on those of their victims.
A Wolf victim: tied naked to a tree as walker bait
A dramatization of moral or immoral action is an effective way to convey the importance of fighting for values or for destroying them. It becomes a concrete. The Walking Dead does that in so many instances, in so many episodes.
It’s not so curious that Morgan Jones, one of the main characters, adopts a “pacific” philosophy and way of fighting that does not harm or bring the demise of his potential killers, but allows them to live; first encounters two of the Wolves, he fights back when they attempt to kill him, he defeats them but leaves them unconscious in an abandoned car. “All life is precious,” he keeps thinking. But they both return later in the series to kill again. No life s precious to them.
Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was history’s greatest martial artist. Even as an old man of eighty, Morihei could disarm any foe, down any number of attackers, and pin an opponent with a
Disguised as a Wolf, Carol makes war on the Wolves
So when the Wolves attack Alexandria, Morgan fights them again with his expertly wielded Aikido stick. Carol goes into action and helps to bring about the defeat and retreat of the Wolves by killing them without question or hesitation.
Carol saves Morgan from a Wolf
The difference between the Saviors and the Wolves is only one of scale. Negan has outposts of Savior marauders in his area.The Wolves come out of nowhere.
And the Wolves of Antifa are not far. They are on our streets, together with the Islamic nihilists.
Get it? Time to yell “Wolf!” in the theater.