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Just suppose there was a world where all the machines failed. Just suppose a government could not support the society in the style they were used to. Just suppose this government were to need or require the talents of a minority to get their machines working again. Just suppose the price this minority demanded was the support of themselves and and their families with housing, food, creature comforts. Just suppose the majority didn't have the talents needed to jumpstart the machines. What would this society look like ? Who would be the HAVES ? Who would be the HAVE NOTS ? Where would you fit in ?
-- reed moore (email@example.com), January 14, 1999
just suppose the price the government offered was that the minority's families wouldn't suffer any undue accidents while in protective custody...said protective custody to continue until such time as the situation had been returned to normal by said minority...of course if said minority refused to assist, the protective custody would be withdrawn, and it certainly wouldn't be the government's fault if the locals decided to take out their frustrations on members of the group which the government has by that time publicly acknowledged as being the minority solely responsible for the entire problem to begin with...
now you were saying?
-- Arlin H. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 14, 1999.
Reed Moore, I have to agree with him. If you have the power and authority, you can be as mean as you want, and you make the rules. If programmers are needed,then the powers that be will requisition and aquire. If you don't cooperate, then as has been proven over and over again, you will be given an offer that you can't refuse. I don't mean to be a pessimist, but the saying has proven true again, and again. "Power corrupts-Absolute Power corrupts ABSOLUTELY."
-- sam (email@example.com), January 15, 1999.
"Who would be the HAVES ? Who would be the HAVE NOTS ? Where would you fit in?"
I guess the questions is, does "Have/Have not" refer to talents, or to firearms?
Something like one in four households in the U.S. is armed. In Britain & Canada the gummit may have little trouble rounding up sheep into pens, but here...
-- lock & load (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 15, 1999.