|Morlock Elloi on Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:58:41 +0200 (CEST)|
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There is another interesting outcome proposed here http://www.ninaillingworth.com/2016/09/30/tales-from-the-american-dmz-its-almost-all-economics/ namely, gated communities/city-states in the midst of medieval chaos:
The third solution, and if the truth be told the path I suspect at least the United States is on right now, is to do absolutely nothing and let the goddamn proles scavenge like fucking Morlocks in whatever wretched hovels they can afford; far away from you. The ensuing problems here are obvious but not entirely unmanageable; protests, violence, riots and massive waves of public discontent. You would need complete control over the political process to prevent the public from electing leaders who might address this growing inequity. You’d need to live apart from the proles, in gated communities and opulent, towering skyscrapers far away from the unrest your “do nothing and let them eat cake” policies create. Mostly however, wealthy elites hoping to do precisely nothing and keep squeezing the public for maximum profit after essentially editing them out of the economy would need a violent, heavily armed/militarized police force prepared to do whatever it takes, legal or not to keep an outraged, vengeful public away from your idyllic life – because sooner or later, the goddamn proles are going to figure out that you’ve left them for dead and then the shit will really hit the fan.
Looks like the most realistic projection so far. Start practicing chanting "Two men enter, one man leaves ..." On 7/24/16, 12:12, Morlock Elloi wrote:
When most of the population has no 'work' to offer for exchange for machine-produced goods (food, water, medical assistance), several outcomes come to mind, sorted by decreasing probability:
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