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January 09, 2007

Red Jenny on the Not-So-Fictitious Future

I was going to add a comment to Red Jenny's post about urban warfare, but I couldn't get the comments function on her blog to work. (I think Blogger's having a bad day. A lot of my favorite Blogger-powered blogs seem to be acting up right now.)

What I was going to post to her comments thread is that I totally agree with her concluding comment:

"True safety cannot be created by armoured cars, gated communities, and private security guards."

The only way to create anything even remotely resembling true safety is to make the world a more equitable place.

How do we get countries around the world to buy into this concept when they're used to relying on fear and intimidation to hold on to power?


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I think the problem is more like "how do you get countries to adopt the idea that they don't have the inalienable right to consume 80% of the world's resources"--some of us learned how to share in kindergarten, and others didn't.

But if you want to keep consuming more than your share, fear and intimidation is pretty well the only way to hold on to it.

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