Thursday, 6 April 2017
"It looked more formidable to the naked eyeball than he thought it would be from the reports and sketches, and he was surprised the near anarchy of the Clan Mackenzie had managed to put so much labor into something with such a long-term payoff."
-SM Stirling, A Meeting At Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter Thirteen, p. 335.
Surprised? Then he needs to reflect. The Protectorate way is to build castles using forced labor that will turn against its masters at the first opportunity. The Mackenzie way is a community of farmers with freedom and mutual respect, families who have something to defend and who therefore do not hesitate to cooperate for defence. Near anarchy, yes. Mere chaos, no.