"A government of the Capsuleer, by the Capsuleer and for the Capsuleer…"

Welcome to the tenth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles!!

This month’s banter leans a little, OK a lot, on the academic side. It comes to us from xiphos83 of A Misguided Adventurer, who asks the following:

Victor Davis Hanson argues that western culture, comprising of ideals such as freedom, debate, capitalism, and consensual government, are what make western society so successful at waging war. These ideologies create a warrior who’s direct participation in government, ability to think freely, and desire to remain free, fights harder and is willing to suffer more than his conscripted foe. Though a military must remain a structured oligarchy to fight a war effectively, why in a world where military conflict is as familiar as breathing are there so few alliances that embrace these ideologies when governing their members?

I have to say, I disagree with this conclusion.  In my experience over the past three years of playing EVE, I have found that many alliances in fact embrace the concepts put forth here and this method of governing an organization’s membership is why they are successful.  I personally have been a member of two different alliances in game and I will speak about those experiences.

My first alliance was Privateers when it was first formed.  That alliance existed at the time for the purpose of bringing lots of war targets to it’s members in Empire space.  No real governing there except for the collection of isk for the war declaration weeks each week.  That was pretty much it.  The corporation I was in was an alliance member for 1 month and then they left the alliance.  I left that corporation around the same time.

Second and more recently, I was a member of the Neo Spartans and a member of the alliance leadership of the Laconian Syndicate.  People were free to pursue what they wanted to pursue.  Major objectives such as moves, major campaigns, etc were submitted, discussed and decided by the membership of the alliance.  If people wanted to step up and help with the logistics of running the organization, they were encouraged to help (“Voluntold” somtimes but for the most part people would help out).  In a nutshell, everyone had a vested interest in making the alliance successful as they wanted to see themselves succeed.

A successful organization will utilize all it’s assets to achieve it’s goals.  Listening to your membership’s ideas and views on a situation is a valuable tool.  You have litterally years of experience with your pilots.  To not listen to their views on an issue is a simple recipe for failure.  Fostering competition among your members helps to build people’s strengths.  Keeping things open allows people to feel as if they are part of a greater whole.  These are all things that all of us look for in an organization.

So no, I don’t think many alliances hinder freedom, debate and a collaborative government, they embrace those concepts to become successful.

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~ by J. Riley Castine on July 27, 2009.

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